After having sold more than 750,000 Apple II and II+ systems, making it one of the best-selling brands in the global computing market, Apple released an updated version of the II+, the Apple IIe ('e' standing for enhanced).
It also met with very great success and was widely used in schools (still in use nowadays in some places!).
While retaining the previous model's capabilities and software library, the enhanced version featured a revised logic board, keyboard and case design. Since its launch back in 1977, the Apple had been revised 13 times, but never so drastically as with this model. The IIe used only 1/4 as many integrated circuits as the II+. Its keyboard featured 4 cursor keys and a lockable lid.
It was originally delivered with DOS 3.3 (the Apple II operating system) and later with PRODOS. The Apple IIe borrowed some features from the Apple III, 80-column text and lowercase support.
The Apple IIe was replaced with the enhanced Apple IIe in 1985, which had 128k RAM, 32k ROM, improved support for 80-column text and lowercase characters, and was powered by the 65C02 CPU, the same as the Apple IIc one.
Finally in 1987, Apple released the Apple IIe Platinum, also called Extended Keyboard IIe, which had a new keyboard and other minor hardware changes.
Oh wow. This was probably my favorite computer to ever program on. I learned on an Apple $$ first and foremost. Then, we upgraded to the Apple //e with the extensible 80-column card in it. Added another 128K RAM board, and then eventually a Z-80 card so I could run CP/M. I used the Oraca macro assembler as well as the Aztec C environment where I first learned C as well as what a Unix-like environment was like. This is where my geekdom started, all self-taught (Apple Integer Basic, Applesoft Basic, machine language, assembler, Pascal and then C). Miss those days.
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Ivan (Ohio, USA)
Ah, the workhorse that was the Apple //e. I had once owned both one of these and a IIplus, and had many a fun hour writing programs for these two rugged computers (their Disk II units failed long before they did.)
With only rudimentary graphics and sound capabilities, these were among the most extensible 8-bit computers of their time, with parallel and serial cards, an 80-column card (one model with an extra 48 kB of RAM,) and even a Z80 Softcard for CP/M!
I still kinda wax nostalgic when I think about these computers.
Thursday 14th May 2015
Kelly Roach (Harlingen, TX, United States)
I actually bought seven IIe computers along with some monitors and parts a week ago for $40. People around here have just been hauling these computers to the dump and recyclers and I thought I would try and save at least a few! It''s been fun to work on them. :)
Saturday 2nd February 2013
Jason (Ohio, USA)
END OF PRODUCTION
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Full stroke 52 key with cursor keys
40 x 24 / 80 x 24 (with 80 columns card)
40 x 40-48 (16 col), 280 x 160-192 (6 col), 560 x 160-192 (2 col)