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.
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)
Anyone interested in an Apple IIe need to sell it because I have some debts if anyone is interested please contact me to my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 5th December 2012
frank (Monterrey Mexico)
I was driving along last week through an area in Ottawa where it was Garbage day and I found full Apple IIe System complete that works! I love Old technology that works, but what should I do with it NOW?