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In 1985, Apple introduced a new addition to its Apple Monitor series: the Apple ColorMonitor IIe. The display, which later became known as the AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe, promised to bring vibrant color and improved graphics to the popular Apple II, II Plus, and IIe computers.
Unveiled on September 1st of that year, the 13-inch RGB monitor was capable of displaying up to 80-column text and graphics and offered users the choice between 16 colors or a monochrome display. The monitor was equipped with an RCA-style phono jack connection, and its initial price tag of $399 made it an attractive option for Apple fans looking to upgrade their computer’s visual capabilities.
Fast forward 38 years and the Apple ColorMonitor IIe has become a piece of technology history. Despite the advancements in technology since its release, the monitor remains a fondly remembered piece of Apple’s past. And while it’s no longer in production, the legacy of the AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe lives on as a reminder of the company’s innovative spirit.
Apple ColorMonitor IIe Details
|Introduced||September 1, 1985|
|Order Number||A2M2056 (ColorMonitor IIe)|
A2M6021 (AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe)
|Dimensions||12.4” H x 14.4” W x 14.4” D|
31.49 cm H x 36.57 cm W x 36.57 cm D
- Apple II, Apple II Plus, or Apple IIe
|Colors||16 colors or monochrome|
|Resolutions||Up to 640 x 200 pixels|
|Text Display||80 columns by 24 rows (monochrome)|
40 columns by 24 rows (color)
|Pixel Pitch||0.52 mm|
|Connection||RCA-style phono jack|
|Maximum Continuous Power||75 W|
Further Reading and References
- ColorMonitor IIe/AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe – Wikipedia
- AppleColor Composite Monitors – APPLE2 Mirrors
- AppleColor Composite Monitor Owner’s Guide (PDF) – Apple-IIgs
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Last updated: March 16, 2023