The Apricot Portable was a portable computer made by Apricot Computers, first released in 1984. It had a 3.5" floppy drive, 4.77 MHz Intel 8086 CPU and 256 KiB RAM. It was the first computer to use an 80-column/25-line LCD and speech recognition for input/output. The speech recognition software held 4096 words, with only 64 available at a given time. It had a wireless keyboard and optional wireless mouse, which communicated with the computer using an infrared link; this was relatively new at the time. However, if an object blocked the infrared beam, communications would be cut off. The Apricot also featured a somewhat Mac-like graphical interface. It was originally priced at £1965.
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Media related to Apricot Portable at Wikimedia Commons
- Apricot Portable at the OLD-COMPUTERS.COM Museum
- Apricot Portable at The Centre for Computing History
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