Franklin Ace 1000

I often tell people about my history with Apple computers, but in reality, what I owned was a clone: the Franklin Ace 1000.


The Franklin Ace 1000 was, in many ways, superior to the Apple II line of computers. It was also fully compatible with the Apple II line of computers, mainly because Franklin had dumped and cloned chips from Apple II computers and put them in their Franklin line. Apple sued Franklin for copying the contents of their ROMs and lost; however, after a repeal, Apple won and Franklin was forced to withdraw their Apple clones from the marketplace.

My favorite selling point from the ad is that it comes with “upper and lower case.” If that’s not modern computing, I don’t know what is.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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