After having sold more than 750,000 Apple II and II+ systems, making it one of the best-selling brands in the global computing market, Apple released an updated version of the II+, the Apple IIe ('e' standing for enhanced). With a production run of nearly eleven years that spanned from January 1983 to November 1993, the IIe is the company’s longest-lived model to date. Like its predecessors the IIe was met with very great success and was widely used in schools, especially in North America.
Most of the success of the Apple IIe is based on the seemingly infinite expandability of the original Apple II and Apple II+. Although the plethora of peripherals available meant that savvy users could upgrade their II’s to match the functionality of the IIe, the IIe was sold with many of the add ons as standard. Some of these upgrades include a full ASCII character set with the ability to input both upper and lowercase letters. Alongside eschewing the need to personally upgrade components, the IIe combined various components into complex single chips. This not only decreased production costs but also increased reliability.
With all these changes, the IIe boasted high backward compatibility with the vast and continually growing Apple II software library. Smart decisions like this dot Apple’s production history, and they are undoubtedly contributing factors in the company’s survival through challenges that would have ultimately destroyed many others. As of 2017, Apple Computers are the only remaining competitor – with an appreciable market share – to Windows machines (then IBM PC Standard).
Dimensions: 108 x 387 x 450 mm (4.25 x 15.25 x 17.75 in)
Weight: 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs)
Operating System: Apple DOS 3.3/PRODOS.
CPU: MOS Technology/SynerTek 6502
Address Bus Width: 16kb
Data Bus Width: 8kb
Register Width: 8kb
RAM: 64kb onboard - 128 kb, with Extended 80 Columns Card
Max Resolution: 40/80x24 text, 4-bit 40x48, 6 color 140x192, 4-bit 140x192, 1-bit 240x192, 1-bit 560x192
Max Colors: 16
Ports: Monitor, Internal Slots (6), Memory slot, Tape, Joystick
Peripherals: See Apple II Peripherals
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