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On March 1, 1985, Apple introduced a new personal computer to the market, the Apple IIe Enhanced. As part of the Apple II series, this computer was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1985 to 1987.
The Apple IIe Enhanced featured a 1 MHz MOS Technology 65C02 processor, 64 KB of RAM, 16 KB of ROM, and a built-in 63-key uppercase and lowercase keyboard. Additionally, there were optional upgrades available, such as the Cassette Interface, Disk II, or DuoDisk floppy drive.
This computer was well-received by consumers and was considered a solid choice for home and educational use. However, on January 1, 1987, Apple decided to discontinue the Apple IIe Enhanced, making way for newer models in the Apple II series.
Today, the Apple IIe Enhanced is 38 years old and holds a special place in the history of personal computers. Despite being discontinued, it remains a beloved piece of technology for those who had the opportunity to use it.
Apple IIe Enhanced Details
|Introduced||March 1, 1985|
|Discontinued||January 1, 1987|
|Dimensions||4.25” H x 15.25” W x 18” D|
10.79 cm H x 38.73 cm W x 45.72 cm D
Apple IIe Enhanced Tech Specs
|Processor||MOS Technology 65C02|
|Processor Speed||1 MHz|
|Number of Cores||1|
|System Bus||1 MHz|
|Built-in Memory||64 KB|
|Maximum Memory||1 MB (Actual)|
128 KB (Apple)
|Memory Slots||Memory Expansion Card can be installed in an Auxiliary slot|
|Cassette||1 – in|
1 – out at 1500 bps
|Game||1 – internal 16-pin GAME I/O|
1 – external DE-9
|Audio Out||1 – Built-in speaker|
|Display Connection||1 – RCA composite video output|
|External Resolution||40 x 48 (15 colors)|
280 x 192 (6 colors)
80 x 48 (15 colors)
560 x 192 (15 colors)
|Text Display||40 columns of text in 24 rows or 80 columns of text in 24 rows|
|Slots||7 – 50-pin Apple II peripheral|
1 – 60-pin Auxiliary
|Media||Optical Cassette Interface, Disk II or DuoDisk floppy drive|
|Keyboard||Built-in 63-key uppercase and lowercase keyboard|
|Software||Apple ProDOS 8|
|Maximum Continuous Power||80 W|
|Line Voltage||95 or 127V AC|
Further Reading and References
- Apple Enhanced IIe – Ancientelectronics
- 7-The Apple IIe – Apple II History
- Apple IIe enhanced ( Platinum ) – NTSC 50hz to 60hz conversion – JammArcade
- About Your Enhanced Apple IIe Programmer’s Guide (PDF) – Internet Archive
- Apple IIe Enhanced + IDE + TCP/IP! – Synth Blog
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Last updated: March 13, 2023