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Collected by Bryan G. Villados

The photos you see here have been collected through the years via various resources, including the Internet and on-line auctions.

What you'll notice is that there are two colors of Pippin. The black model is referred to as the @World, which was sold in the United States. The white or platinum model is referred to as the ATMARK, and was sold only in Japan. If you find a black ATMARK, get it because it is VERY RARE!

All the photos you see here can be seen in its full size by clicking on the thumbnail.


Front view of the Pippin. This particular model was made by Bandai and is called the ATMARK. The two ports for the game control are reportedly Apple ADB ports with a different connector. Rear view of the Pippin ATMARK. From left to right: power outlet, fan, VGA video out, video mode switch, S-video out, NTSC video in, audio stereo in/out, printer and modem serial ports. The modem port is GeoPort compliant. Photo of the Pippin ATMARK in its retail packaged condition. Everything you see here was included. I believe the module on the bottom row, left, is a modem for the Pippin.
Illustrated outline image showing the front and back of the Pippin, as well as the game control unit. Illustrated outline image of the Pippin being attached to the floppy disk drive expansion unit. This particular Bandai Pippin ATMARK unit is actually a prototype, as you can see on the label, located on the bottom of the unit.
Photo of the Pippin Developer Software Development Kit CD-ROM The largest memory module that I know of is 4MB. This is a photo of the module. Photo of the Pippin ATMARK starting up. Notice that on startup, the Pippin logo appears, much like the smiling Mac on the Macintosh units within the same period (1996).
Another photo of the same unit, but displaying Mac OS. The screenshot you see is the Finder. One of the optional input device you could buy is a keyboard, which also contained a drawing pad. It is an ADB device. This peripheral is the floppy disk drive. Because the Pippin lacked a hard disk, the only way to store data was to store data on a floppy disk.
Photo of an Apple Pippin prototype. This particular unit was demonstrated at the MILIA 95 in Cannes, France. The logic board is based on the Power Macintosh 6100. Notice the more standard ADB port on this unit. Hundreds of so-called prototypes are sold on eBay all the time. They're nothing but set-top boxes and not Pippins by any means. This particular prototype is a true one, marked number 0002. Back of the Pippin prototype. Even though it's reportedly based on a Power Mac 6100, it's quite a modified 6100. Things that disappeared on the final release of the Pippin include the SCSI port, and the replacement of the Mac-type video connector with a VGA-type..
A photo of the controller pad for the Bandai Pippin ATMARK. The connect is somewhat like today's USB connector, but they're not anywhere near compatible. Matter of fact, the controller pad is technically an ADB device. With this photo, you can see the top of the Pippin ATMARK. The buttons are programmed within Mac OS to execute various functions, including shutdown, CD-ROM eject, play/pause/stop, etc. This is the Bandai Pippin @WORLD model. The @WORLD and ATMARK are completely identical, just the colors and the markets they're sold in are different.
A photo of the controller pad for the Bandai Pippin @WORLD. A photo of the Bandai Pippin @WORLD (keyboard, controller pad, base unit, and modem). The Bandai Pippin @WORLD retail box. Big difference between this box and the black Pippin box.
The next six photos here are images of a VERY RARE Bandai Pippin ATMARK "black" model. The actual number of this particular unit sold is unknown. All six photos posted, courtesy of original owner. Front view of the "black" ATMARK model. Notice the front left bottom does not mention it being at ATMARK... However, the rear of the unit does mention the name "ATMARK". Other than the color of the case, no other noticable differences.
Photo of the keyboard. On the full-sized image, you'll notice the Japanese characters on the keys. All the other ATMARK keyboards were Platinum. Photo of the controller pad. Nothing unusual about this unit, it could easily be the exact same model as the @WORLD. Same thing goes for the modem unit.
Photo of the a platinum Pippin ATMARK in pieces. Very rare look at the innards of the unit..   Another view of the insides of a Pippin ATMARK.

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