When the Apple-1 has been sold, the user had to purchase the additional required hardware from third party companies. As additional hardware it
was neccessary to by a cassette recorder for storage, a tv-set as monitor, and a keyboard. The recommended keyboard was from Datanetics.
Mike Willegal has made a new film from the former datanetics keyboard and sells the bare PCB of the keyboard. But the most difficult problem isnīt
the PCB but rather more the keyswitches - because mechanical keyswitches are not manufactured any more for over 25 years. And upmost itīs
nearly impossible to get the required keyboard encoder MM5740/AAE. So the user today has ro search for alternate kind of keyboard if he wants to
supply his Apple-1 replica with a fitting "old-fashioned" type of keyboard.
The replication of the Datanetics keyboard looks like this:
One of the other solutions
to solve the problem, that became common in the last years - is
to adapt a ancient Apple II keyboard from a computer unit
is to build up a very simple ASCII keyboard as published in the
magazine Popular Electronicīs April 1974:
due to european laws
and german court decision:
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