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Speed1 MHz
Memory76 KB

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Orange Computer

Apple II

Release Date: 1/1/1982
Manufacturer: Orange Computer
Original Retail Price:
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Donated By: John Vickers
Orangepeel Ad The Orangepeel is an Apple II clone that was manufactured in Canada. It features an external keyboard and ran most of the software written for the Apple II line. This machine was also unique in that the CPU was contained on a daughter card, and could easily be replaced with a different CPU as new and better technology became available.

At least one special card was made available in a beta form but it is unclear whether it was actually released or not. If you know anything about this computer please let us know.


This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.

User Comments
Neil H. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I used to work in a shop in North York that offered the Orange Peel back in the 1980's. It was a pretty basic machine; not bad but not especially potent for the time either. The case was simple and compact but seemed to offer little in the way of ventilation and there was no on-board fan either so we were a little concerned about heat bulid up with the unit. I think in the time I was there, which was about six or eight months, we sold have a dozen or so units. We also sold an El Cheapo Apple II knock of called the Tiger II which was a real POS; the Orange outperformed it in every regard and was much more reliable despite the Tiger having a better ventilated case. To give you an idea how long ago this was, we got a sales flyer in our shop's mail one day that was advertising 1MB RAM cards that left us utterly amazed and astonished!
Mike Rivest on Friday, August 27, 2010
I bought this used from a friend in 1984 for $300 (with floppy drive). the case was very cheaply built. (Thin plastic). It was replaced with an Atari ST in 1987.
Anonymous on Friday, July 30, 2010
I suspect that the founder of Orange Computer was Mr. R. Wynnyckyj, and, after being hounded out of the Apple clone business by Apple Computer, he went on to found the very successful Lava Computers, which makes cards for PCs.
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