The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, was Apple Computer’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The end result was a luggable 7½ pound notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could easily be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact, referring to the fact it was essentially a complete Apple II computer setup (minus display and power supply) squeezed into a small notebook sized housing. While sporting a built-in floppy drive and new rear peripheral expansion ports, it lacked the internal expansion slots and direct motherboard access of earlier Apple IIs, making it a closed system like the Macintosh. However that was the intended direction for this model—a more appliance-like machine, ready to use out of the box, requiring no technical know-how or experience to hook up and therefore attractive to first-time users.
The Apple IIc was released in April 1984, during an Apple-held event called Apple II Forever. The new machine was proclaimed as proof of Apple’s long-term commitment to the Apple II series and its users, an assurance the company’s older technology would not be forsaken or dropped with the recent introduction of the Macintosh. While essentially an Apple IIe computer in a smaller case, it was not a successor, but rather a portable version to complement it. One Apple II machine would be sold for users who required the expandability of slots, and another for those wanting the simplicity of a plug and play machine with portability in mind.
The machine introduced Apple’s Snow White design language, notable for its elegant case styling and a sleek modern look which soon became the standard for most Apple equipment and computers, and continuing for nearly a decade after. The Apple IIc introduced a unique off-white coloring known as “Fog,” chosen to enhance the Snow White design style. It was the only Apple-made computer produced to use this color (other machines were typically beige or light gray), though various peripherals also shared it. While relatively light-weight and compact in design, the Apple IIc was not a true portable in design as it lacked a built-in battery and display.
Codenames for the machine while under development included: Lollie, ET, Yoda, Teddy, VLC, IIb, IIp.
* 65C02 running at 1.023 MHz
* 8-bit data bus
* 128 KB RAM built-in
* 32 KB ROM built-in (16 KB ROM in original)
* Expandable from 128 KB to 1 MB (only through non-conventional methods in original)
* 40 and 80 columns text, with 24 lines
* Low-Resolution: 40×48 (15 colors)
* High-Resolution: 280×192 (6 colors)
* Double-Low-Resolution: 80×48 (15 colors)
* Double-High-Resolution: 560×192 (15 colors)
* Built-in speaker; 1-bit toggling
* User adjustable volume (manual dial control)
* Slim-line internal 5.25 floppy drive
* 140 KB, single-sided
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Our machine has serial no: 2A254-024257 and was kindly donated by Mark Maidment
Date: April 1984
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