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Apple IIe Platinum Explained

On January 1st, 1987, Apple introduced a new addition to its Apple II series: the Apple IIe Platinum. This personal computer was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple for a period of six years, until its discontinuation on November 1st, 1993.

The Apple IIe Platinum was a significant upgrade from its predecessors in the Apple II series. It featured a 1 MHz MOS Technology 65C02 processor, 64 KB of RAM, and 16 KB of ROM. Additionally, the computer came equipped with a built-in 81-key uppercase and lowercase keyboard, making typing and input a breeze.

One of the most notable features of the Apple IIe Platinum was its expandability. Users had the option to add an optional Cassette Interface, Disk II, or DuoDisk floppy drive, allowing them to store and access more data on their computer. This was a major advantage over previous models in the Apple II series, which had limited storage capabilities.

At the time of its release, the Apple IIe Platinum had a retail price of $1,199. While it may seem expensive by today’s standards, it was considered a relatively affordable option for a personal computer in the late 80s and early 90s.

Despite its discontinuation, the Apple IIe Platinum remains a beloved piece of technology among vintage computer enthusiasts. Today, it’s a 37-year-old computer that still holds a special place in the hearts of those who remember its impact on the personal computer industry.

Apple IIe Platinum
Source: classiccmp.de – Apple IIe Platinum

Apple IIe Platinum Details

IntroducedJanuary 1, 1987
DiscontinuedNovember 1, 1993
Model NumberUnknown
Original Price$1,199
ColorsPlatinum
Weight11.5 Ibs.
5.216 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 IIe Platinum Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorMOS Technology 65C02
Processor Speed1 MHz
Architecture8-bit
Number of Cores1
System Bus1 MHz
CacheNone
CoprocessorNone

Storage & Media

StorageNone
MediaOptional Cassette Interface, Disk II, or DuoDisk floppy drive

Memory

Built-in Memory64 KB
Maximum Memory1 MB
Memory SlotsMemory Expansion Card can be installed in an Auxiliary slot
Minimum SpeedUnknown
ROM16 KB

Graphics

Graphics CardNone
Graphics MemoryNone
Display Connection1 – RCA for composite video output
External Resolution40 × 48 (15 colors)
280 × 192 (6 colors)
80 × 48 (15 colors)
560 × 192 (15 colors)
Text Display40-column text in 24 rows or 80-column text in 24 rows

Connections

EthernetNone
ModemNone
ADBNone
SerialNone
Floppy PortNone
Cassette1 – in
1 – out at 1500 bps
Game1 – internal 16-pin GAME I/O
1 – external DE-9
Audio InNone
Audio Out1 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – RCA for composite video output

Expansion

Expansion Slots7 – 50-pin Apple II peripheral 
1 – 60-pin Auxiliary

Keyboard

KeyboardBuilt-in 81-key uppercase and lowercase keyboard

Software

Original OSApple DOS 3.3 and ProDOS 8
FirmwareApplesoft BASIC

Power

Maximum Continuous Power80 W
Line Voltage95 – 127V AC

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Last updated: April 14, 2023