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Apple IIe Explained

On January 16, 1983, Apple introduced the world to a new personal computer, the Apple IIe. As part of the Apple II series, the IIe was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1983 to 1985. At its launch, the price for the computer started at $1,395.

The Apple IIe was equipped with a 1 MHz MOS Technology 6502A processor, 64 KB of RAM, 16 KB of ROM, and a built-in 63-key uppercase and lowercase keyboard. Users also had the option to add on a Cassette Interface, Disk II, or DuoDisk floppy drive for additional storage capabilities.

However, on March 1, 1985, the Apple IIe was discontinued and replaced by the Apple IIe Enhanced. The computer, which is now 41 years old, may no longer be in production, but its legacy lives on through the countless memories and experiences it provided for users during its time on the market.

Despite its discontinuation, the Apple IIe remains a significant piece of technology history, marking a milestone in the evolution of personal computing and cementing Apple’s place as a leading innovator in the industry.

Apple IIe with ProDOS
Source: twitter.com – Apple IIe with ProDOS

Apple IIe Retails

IntroducedJanuary 16, 1983
DiscontinuedMarch 1, 1985
Original Price$1,395
ColorsBeige
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 Tech Specs

Processor

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

Memory

StorageNone
Built-in Memory64 KB
Maximum Memory1 MB (Actual)
128 KB (Apple)
Memory SlotsMemory Expansion Card can be installed in an Auxiliary slot
ROM16 KB

Graphics

External Resolution40 x 48 (15 colors)
280 x 192 (6 colors)
80 x 48 (15 colors)
560 x 192 (15 colors)
Text Display40 columns of text in 24 rows or 80 columns of text in 24 rows

Connections

Cassette1 – in
1 – out at 1500 bps
Game1 – internal 16-pin GAME I/O
1 – external DE-9
Audio Out1 – Built-in speaker
Display Connection1 – RCA composite video output

Expansion

Slots7 – 50-pin Apple II peripheral
1 – 60-pin Auxiliary
MediaOptical Cassette Interface, Disk II or DuoDisk floppy drive

Accessories

KeyboardBuilt-in 63-key uppercase and lowercase keyboard

Software

SoftwareApple DOS 3.3
FirmwareApplesoft BASIC

Power

Maximum Continuous Power80 W
Line Voltage95 or 127V AC

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: March 7, 2023