The 65C02A Up Close Here you can see the Apple IIc's CPU, the NCR 65C02A (the chip immediately above the Apple logo). It's a variant of the popular MOS 6502 with an extended instruction set and lower power requirements, and it runs at a blazing 1.02 MHz. But what can I say — if it's fast enough to play Karateka ,I'm happy. You'll also spot a bunch of other chips on the board that look fancy, but they don't actually do anything, I swear. Engineers sometimes like to add them for decoration.