Last year I was able to find one of the holy-grails for me, the “ITT 2020”. It was British made Apple II/II+ offical clone made by british company called ITT in England. These do not come across very often and very rarely, they do can be found with any accessories like Disk drives (ITT branded the typical Disk ][ drive with their own logos) or anything else.
Not mine. The ITT 2020 branded Disk II drive and tape player.
Back of the ITT 2020 branded Disk II-drive.
ITT 2020 branded paddles.
Here i can only show few pictures i took before i actually sold it.. I’m now kind of in a market of finding an another again. I released this post just in sake of saving these pictures somewhere.
Serial number at bottom.
The ITT 2020 was an Apple II clone manufactured by ITT under license from Apple Computer (the first licensed clone), specifically for the European market. In the Benelux, it was distributed by Bell Telephone mfg. company. In the United Kingdom, it was distributed by Microsense Computer Limited.
The major difference, and the reason ITT believed this personal computer would be a success, was that the color video signal conformed to the European PAL standard, rather than the American NTSC standard. This meant color graphics could be viewed using a standard European monitor or TV set, rather than having to import an NTSC monitor from America or Japan as was the case with the Apple II. ITT sold this computer starting 1979 for only a few years. When Apple Computer started shipping the Apple II Europlus, ITT withdrew from the market, despite the fact that the Europlus did not support color.
ITT also supplied a floppy disk drive that was identical to the Apple II disk drive with 13 sectors and DOS 3.2. They never supplied the upgrade to 16 sectors and DOS 3.3. The drive itself was also painted silver and had ITT logo’s on it (Model SP 2/4).
The model had an 175-250V powersupply built by ITT for the european continent usage. It was much bulker and larger than the power supply Apple ][ had.
The case was painted silver matte and the keyboard was black. There were two different styles of the case, one that was shaped as Apple ][ but only painted silver with different logos, and an another that was bulkier and more square one with larger name plate and tag “Apple System (tm”) in the right bottom corner.
The reset switch only worked in combination with the Control key. This was done to avoid the many accidental resets Apple II users complained about.
The ITT 2020 i got had few cards on it installed;
-Epson Printer card
-RGB-card (modded) and wired to the board.
The case have four switched modded into the front panel, under the keyboard, i have no idea what they are supposed to do but they are wired somehow to the RGB-card. Maybe for color or graphics models?
The ROM-files are not preserved so far i know of. Atleast i have not been able to find binaries of them anywhere.
Next, even more rare clone i’d like to have, would be the Bell & Howell Apple II+. Be it the next dream of mine as well, the nice German tank, BASIS 108.
FinApple 2018 (c)
Apple II forever.