The Apple II launched

5th June 1977
The Apple II launched

The first Apple II computers went on sale on June 5, 1977 with a MOS Technology6502microprocessor running at 1 MHz, 4 kB of RAM, an audio cassetteinterface for loading programs and storing data, and the Integer BASICprogramming language built into the ROMs. The video controller displayed 24 lines by 40 columns of monochrome, upper-case-only text on the screen, with NTSCcomposite videooutput suitable for display on a TV monitor, or on a regular TV set by way of a separate RF modulator.
 
The original retail price of the computer was US$1298 (with 4 kB of RAM) and US$2638 (with the maximum 48 kB of RAM). To reflect the computer's color graphicscapability, the Apple logo on the casing was represented using rainbow stripes, which remained a part of Apple's corporate logo until early 1998. The earliest Apple II's were assembled in Silicon Valley, and later in Texas; printed circuit boardswere manufactured in Irelandand Singapore.


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