Apple IIe

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).

Specifications:

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

ROM: 16kb

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

Speaker: Mono

Ports: Monitor, Internal Slots (6), Memory slot, Tape, Joystick

Peripherals: See Apple II Peripherals

Manufacturer: Apple
Date: January 1983

Apple IIe Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - MZ80B - Fond Memories

Magazines RELATED to Apple IIe in our Library

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Call-A.P.P.L.E. Extra - All About Pascal
Popular Electronics - December 1977 December 1977
Personal Computer World - August 1978 August 1978
Personal Computer World - September 1978 September 1978
Personal Computer World - November 1978 November 1978
Practical Computing - December 1978 December 1978
Practical Computing - April 1979 April 1979
Practical Computing - May 1979 May 1979
Personal Computer World - June 1979 June 1979
Practical Computing - October 1979 October 1979
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - Complete 1980 Set 1980
Apple Orchard - Vol 1 Number 1 - March/April 1980 March 1980
Personal Computer World - March 1980 March 1980
Personal Computer World - July 1980 July 1980
Personal Computer World - August 1980 August 1980
Computer Age - September 1980 Computer Age September 1980
Micro - The 6502 Journal November 1980 November 1980
Apple Orchard - Winter 1980 - 1981 December 1980
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - January 1981 January 1981
Personal Computer World - January 1981 January 1981
Computer Age - February 1981 Computer Age February 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - February 1981 February 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - March/April 1981 March 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - May 1981 May 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - June 1981 June 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - July/August 1981 June 1981
Softalk - Volume 1 - June 1981 June 1981
Personal Computer World - July 1981 July 1981
Apple Orchard - Vol 2 Number 2 - Summer 1981 July 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - September 1981 September 1981
Personal Computer World - October 1981 October 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - October 1981 October 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - November/December 1981 November 1981
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - January 1982 January 1982
Practical Computing - January 1982 January 1982
Windfall January 1982 Windfall January 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - February 1982 February 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - March 1982 March 1982
Windfall March 1982 Windfall March 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - April 1982 April 1982
Personal Computer World - May 1982 May 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - June 1982 June 1982
Personal Computer World - July 1982 July 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - July 1982 July 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - August 1982 August 1982
Practical Computing - October 1982 October 1982
Personal Computer World - November 1982 November 1982
Practical Computing - November 1982 November 1982
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - February 1983 February 1983
Personal Computer World - March 1983 March 1983
Windfall March 1983 Windfall March 1983
Practical Computing - April 1983 April 1983
Windfall April 1983 Windfall April 1983
Practical Computing - June 1983 June 1983
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - June 1983 June 1983
Windfall June 1983 Windfall June 1983
Windfall June 1983 Windfall June 1983
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - August 1983 August 1983
Windfall August 1983 Windfall August 1983
Windfall October 1983 Windfall October 1983
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - December 1983 December 1983
Hard Core December 1983 Hard Core December 1983
Personal Computer World - January 1984 January 1984
Hard Core February 1984 Hard Core February 1984
Practical Computing - April 1984 April 1984
Hard Core April 1984 Hard Core April 1984
Byte May 1984 May 1984
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - May 1984 May 1984
Apple User May 1984 01-05-1984
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - June 1984 June 1984
Hard Core June 1984 Hard Core June 1984
Practical Computing - July 1984 July 1984
Apple User - July 1984 July 1984
Personal Computer World - August 1984 August 1984
Apple User - August 1984 August 1984
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - August 1984 August 1984
Practical Computing - September 1984 September 1984
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - December 1984 December 1984
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - January 1985 January 1985
Apple User - February 1985 February 1985
Apple User - March 1985 March 1985
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - May 1985 May 1985
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - July 1985 July 1985
Orchard Computing Atumn 1985 August 1985
Personal Computer World - January 1986 January 1986
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - February 1986 February 1986
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide April 1986
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - June 1986 June 1986
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - October 1986 October 1986
Personal Computer World - November 1986 November 1986
Practical Computing - November 1986 November 1986
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - December 1986 December 1986
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - January 1987 January 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - February 1987 February 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - March 1987 March 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - April 1987 April 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - May 1987 May 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - June 1987 June 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - August 1987 August 1987
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - September 1987 September 1987
Personal Computer World - November 1987 November 1987
Personal Computer World - December 1987 December 1987
Practical Computing - May 1980 25-08-2009
Practical Computing - June 1980 25-08-2009
Practical Computing - July 1980 25-08-2009
Practical Computing - July/August 1978 09-09-2009
Practical Computing - June 1981 09-09-2009
Byte April 1987 09-09-2009
Byte January 1985 16-09-2009
Byte October 1986 16-09-2009

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Apple Lisa 2/10 Apple January 1983
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Apple II GS "Woz" edition Apple 15th September 1986
Apple II GS Apple 15th September 1986
Apple IIe Platinum Apple January 1987
Apple Macintosh SE Apple March 1987
Apple Macintosh SE/30 (Douglas Adams) Apple March 1987
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Apple Macintosh IIcx Apple 7th March 1989
Apple Macintosh Portable Apple 1st September 1989
Apple Macintosh IIci Apple 20th September 1989
Apple Mac IIfx Apple 19th March 1990
Apple Macintosh LC Apple 15th October 1990
Apple Macintosh Classic Apple 15th October 1990
Apple Macintosh IIsi Apple 15th October 1990
Apple Macintosh Performa 400 Apple 1992
Apple Mac LCII Apple 1st January 1992
Apple Macintosh Quadra 950 Apple 18th May 1992
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 145 Apple 3rd August 1992
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Apple Powerbook Duo 230 Apple October 1992
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 180 Apple 19th October 1992
Apple Mac LCIII Apple 10th February 1993
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 165C Apple 10th February 1993
Apple Macintosh Colour Classic Apple 10th February 1993
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 180C Apple June 1993
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 145B Apple July 1993
Apple Newton MessagePad Apple 3rd August 1993
Apple Macintosh LC475 Apple 21st October 1993
Apple Macintosh Quadra 650 Apple 21st October 1993
Apple Macintosh Performa 450 Apple 4th December 1993
Apple Power Macintosh 7100/66 Apple March 1994
Apple Newton MessagePad 110 Apple 4th March 1994
Apple Newton MessagePad 120 Apple 1st April 1994
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 520C Apple 16th May 1994
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 150 Apple 18th July 1994
Apple Macintosh Performa 630 Apple 18th July 1994
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 5300cs Apple 1995
Apple Macintosh Performa 5300 Apple 1995
Apple Power Macintosh 6100/60 Apple 3rd January 1995
Apple Macintosh Performa 5200CD Apple 3rd April 1995
Apple eMate 300 Prototype designated A2015 Apple 1996
Apple Macintosh Performa 5400/180 Apple February 1996
Apple Macintosh Performa 6400/200 Apple 7th August 1996
Apple Macintosh Twentieth Anniversary Edition Apple 1997
Apple Powerbook 3400c/200 Apple February 1997
Apple Macintosh Performa 5500/225 Apple 17th February 1997
Apple eMate Apple 7th March 1997
Apple Newton MessagePad 2000 Apple 21st March 1997
Apple iMac G3 (Tray Loading) Apple 15th August 1998
Apple iMac G3 DV (Slot Loading) Apple 15th August 1998
Apple iMac G3 (Tray Loading, Red) Apple 15th August 1998
Apple iMac G3 (Tray Loading, Blue) Apple 15th August 1998
Apple Power Macintosh G3 300 Apple 5th January 1999
Apple Macintosh PowerBook G3 Apple May 1999
Apple Macintosh PowerBook G3/400 Apple May 1999
Apple iBook G3/300 Apple 21st July 1999
Apple Power Macintosh G4 400 Apple 31st August 1999
Apple iMac G3/350 (Slot Loading - Blueberry) Apple 5th October 1999
Apple Macintosh G4 Cube (M7886) Apple July 2000
Apple iMac G3 M5521 Indigo Apple 2001
Apple iBook M6497 Apple 2001
Apple iMac G3/500 Apple 22nd February 2001
Apple iMac G4 Apple 2002
Apple iMac G4 Apple 2002
Apple iMac G4/800 Apple 17th July 2002
Apple eMac G4/1.0 (ATI) Apple 2003
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Apple iMac G5 Apple 31st August 2004
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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH209. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Apple IIe

  Book Archive   [15]
  Games Archive   [28]
  Software Archive   [22]
  Peripherals   [27]
  Promotional Items   [4]

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