Apple releases the Apple II

10th June 1977
Apple releases the Apple II

On 10th June 1977, Apple began shipping the first complete Apple II systems. Motherboard-only versions started shipped the month before, on 10th May 1977.

The Apple II was an 8-bit home computer, and is considered one of the first commercially successful, mass-produced computers.

Apple II computers were based around a MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor running at 1 MHz. The Apple II came with the Integer BASIC programming language built in. An audio tape interface let you load programs and store data.

At launch, prices ranged from $1298 with 4 kB of RAM up to $2638 with the maximum 48 kB of RAM.

Related information:


  • An Apple II advertisement from the December 1977 issue of Byte magazine
    Credit: Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, CA., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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