The optional dock was assembled in Japan for Bandai Digital Entertainment with internal components designed by Apple Computer. The position of the ejection pinhole indicates that the floppy drive mechanism is a manual-inject unit from Mitsubishi Electric. The drive is capable of reading 800KB and 1.4MB floppy disks in HFS format. Older MFS-formatted 400KB disks can still be read under the Pippin OS based on Mac OS 7.5.2, but this backwards compatibility disappears in Mac OS 8.
A white version of the dock was released in the Japanese market with the launch of the Pippin Atmark at an MSRP of JP¥ 12,000. However, they are exceptionally rare. Some unreleased prototypes contained a combination of a floppy drive in the front and a 10BASE-T ethernet port in the back.
Hobbyists have produced a replica of the floppy adapter board to attach a floppy drive. A FloppyEmu unit can also be used to emulate a floppy disk with a Secure Digital (SD) card, which can store multiple 400K, 800K, and 1.4MB disk images. This can be a viable storage alternative for early Pippin Atmarks with revision 1.0 "KINKA" ROMs as they do not support external SCSI drives without a 1.2 ROM upgrade.
- ↑ Bandai Digital Entertainment To Offer Iomega's Zip Drive With New Internet Access Appliance., BusinessWire. 1996-06-18.
- ↑ Pippin Floppy Disk Unit by Mark Johnson. Flicker. 2013-10-11.
- ↑ Interchangeability and Compatibility of Apple Macintosh 1.4 MB “SuperDrive” Floppy Drives by Siber-Sonic, World O’ Apple & Macintosh. 2009-01-21.
- ↑ Working with Macintosh Floppy Disks in the New Millennium by Siber-Sonic, World O’ Apple & Macintosh. 2019-01-22.
- ↑ Spec. by chemy cano, Pipp!n@Archive. Archived 2007-02-05.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Video Game Bible 1985-2002 by Andy Slaven, p.61.
- ↑ Bandai-Pippin for sale... and more than complet by newcoleco, AtariAge. 2007-01-29.
- ↑ Consumers in U.S. To See a New Pippin by Jon Swartz, San Francisco Chronicle. 1996-06-14. Archived 1996-12-20.
- ↑ @World: Pippin shippin' by David Morgenstern, MacWEEK vol.10-46. 1996-12-02. Archived 1996-12-20.
- ↑ Pippin Floppy Board Replica 1.0 by DocTB, Oshpark. 2017-07-21.
- ↑ Floppy Emu and the Apple Pippin by Steve Chamberlin, Big Mess o' Wires. 2017-08-18.
- ↑ A virtual floppy drive for the Apple Pippin (French) at Le Journal du Lapin (2017-06-25)
- ↑ FDユニット自作 その１ (Japanese) by Kankoba, MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 2002-03-05.
- ↑ SCSI接続その１ (Japanese) by Kankoba, MAISON PiPPiN, GeoCities. Archived 2002-11-15.
- ↑ PEASE Turbo Support Page, Maki Enterprise. Accessed 2017-04-16.