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AppleColor Composite Monitor Explained

In 1986, Apple introduced a new addition to their Apple Monitor series: the AppleColor Composite Monitor. On September 15th of that year, the tech giant announced the release of this 13-inch RGB color monitor, which was designed to work with the Apple IIc and IIGS computers.

The AppleColor Composite Monitor boasts a number of impressive features for its time. With the ability to display up to 80-column text and graphics, users were able to enjoy a high level of visual clarity and detail. Additionally, the monitor offered 16 different color options or the option for a monochrome display. The RCA-style phono jack connection made it easy to connect the monitor to a computer, allowing for seamless use.

37 years later, the AppleColor Composite Monitor remains a significant piece of technology in the history of Apple and the evolution of computer displays. While it may not be the latest and greatest in terms of technology, it stands as a testament to the innovation and forward-thinking of Apple during the mid-1980s.

Apple IIGS running Pro DOS 16
Source: – Apple IIGS running Pro DOS 16

AppleColor Composite Monitor Details

IntroducedSeptember 15, 1986
Order NumberA2M6020
Original PriceUnknown
Weight27.5 Ibs.
12.473 KG
Dimensions12.4” H x 13.4” W x 14.4” D
31.49 cm H x 34.03 cm W x 36.57 cm D

System Requirements

  • Apple IIc or Apple IIGS

Display Specs

Viewable Area13″
Colors16 colors or monochrome
ResolutionsUp to 640 x 200 pixels
Text Display80 columns by 24 rows (monochrome)
40 columns by 24 rows (color)
Viewing AngleUnknown
Contrast RatioUnknown
Response TimeUnknown
Pixel Pitch0.52 mm
Pixel DensityUnknown


Connection1 – RCA-style phono jack


Maximum Continuous Power75 W

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: April 9, 2023