[RetroComputers] Apple II turns 40!


HAL-lo guys,

Would you say that Orlando Bloom, Chris Martin, Jessica Chastain and Shakira will be 40 this year? No? So you wouldn’t say that also another pice of history like the Apple II exactly today, June 10th turned 40!

This magnifiecient piece of thechnology was maybe the first big hit for Apple and it was one of the first computer to have a wolrdwide success, during the years in which the computers were still bulky and highly expensive machines. Apple II along with other two home computers were the stars of 1977 and they’re still worshipped by a large community of aficiaonados. Apple II was even one of the most longeve computers of all time: presented on April 16th, 1977, was still retailed, althought with some improvements, until 1993 after 16 years. And 16 years in computer science is an aeon.

The Apple II is the result of a philosophy that a few years later made Steve Jobs the enfant prodige of the computers and is the first computer to display the famous rainbowed apple logo, designed in substitution of the old Isanc Newton one. The computer was retailed at 1298$, a very high price for today’s standards (more than 5200$) but a breath of fresh air in comparison with the old bulky computers of the era.

Technical Specs (original version):

CPU: MOS Technology 65020 at 1 MHz

Resolution: 280×192 with 4/6 colors

ROM: 12 KB

RAM: 4 KB

Drive bay: Audio Cassette/Disk II 5,25″

Peripherals: Disk II 5,25″

OS: Apple DOS

Byte Byte!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Used to try to play games on my mom’s Apple IIc. Victory Road in all green with a one button joystick was so bad.

    There were a small handful of games that were entertaining though. Rocky’s Boots, Robot Odyssey, Lemonade Stand, and others I can’t remember the names of. Hmm. Now I’m gonna have to look into that…

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    1. benez256 says:

      The games designed for the Apple II with its strange color palette were quite strange. However I’d really love to try them now. I know that a frined of mine has a lot of old computers in his cellar and this summer I’l go there and check. Maybe I will find some hidden treasure!

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    Onderwerp: [New post] [RetroComputers] Apple II turns 40!
    benez256 posted: “HAL-lo guys, Would you say that Orlando Bloom, Chris Martin, Jessica Chastain and Shakira will be 40 this year? No? So you wouldn’t say that also another pice of history like the Apple II exactly today, June 10th turned 40! This magnifiecient pi”

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