Apple II Plus Datasheet

Apple II Plus
Source: wikipedia.org – Apple II Plus

In the world of personal computers, there are a few models that stand out as true icons of the industry. One of these is the Apple II Plus, also known as the Apple ][+. First introduced on June 1st, 1979, this computer was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple as part of their Apple II series.

With a price point of $1,195, the Apple II Plus featured a 1 MHz MOS Technology 6502 processor, Apple DOS 3.2 and Applesoft BASIC, 12 KB ROM, and a built-in keyboard. These specifications made it a powerful and versatile computer that could handle a wide range of applications, from business to education.

The Apple II Plus quickly became a hit in the US market, and Apple decided to expand its reach to Europe and the Far East. In these markets, the computer was sold under different names, such as the Apple II Europlus and the J-Plus. Additionally, Apple also partnered with Bell & Howell to expand into the education market, selling a modified version of the computer under a special license.

Despite its success, the Apple II Plus was eventually discontinued on December 1st, 1982. It was replaced by the Apple IIe, which featured many improvements and new features.

However, the Apple II Plus will always hold a special place in the history of personal computers as one of the first models that truly made computing accessible to the masses. Today, the Apple II Plus is 44 years old, and its legacy continues to inspire new generations of computer enthusiasts.

Apple II Plus and Monitor III
Source: Noah Morris at Apple Museum Poland – Apple II Plus and Monitor III

Apple II Plus Details

IntroducedJune 1, 1979 – 44 years ago
DiscontinuedDecember 1, 1982 – 41 years ago
Time on the Market54 months (4 years)
Order NumberA2S1016 (16 KB memory)
A2S1032 (32 KB memory)
A2S1048 (48 KB memory)
Original Price$1,195 (with 16 KB memory)
$1,295 (with 48 KB memory)
$1,395 (with 48 KB memory)
ColorsBeige
Weight11.5 Ibs.
5.21 KG
Dimensions4.25” H x 15.25” W x 18” D
10.79 cm H x 38.73 cm W x 45.72 cm D

Apple II Plus Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorMOS Technology 6502
Speed1 MHz
Architecture8-bit
Number of Cores1
System Bus1 MHz

Memory

StorageNone
Built-in MemoryNone
Maximum Memory48 KB or 64 KB which Language Card
Memory Slots24 sockets in 3 rows for 16-pin 4 KB (4096, 2104 type)
or 16 KB (4116, 2116 type) modules
Memory minimum speed350 ns
ROM12 KB

Connections

Cassette1 – in
1 – out at 1500 bps
Game1 – internal 16-pin GAME I/O
Display Connection1 – RCA composite positive video
Display1 – RCA for composite video output
(Display resolution 40 x 48 – 16 colors or 280 x 192 – 6 colors)
Text Display40 characters per row (max. 24 rows)
Audio Out1 – Built-in 8-ohm speaker

Expansion

Slots8 – 50-pin Apple II peripheral

Accessories

KeyboardBuilt-in 52-key uppercase keyboard
MediaCassette Interface or Disk II floppy drive (Optional)

Software

SoftwareApple DOS 3.2 (initially optional; later included)
FirmwareApplesoft BASIC

Power

Line Voltage110 or 110/220V AC

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