Apple //e

Year: January 1983

Initial Price: $1,298(4 kB RAM) and $2,638 (48 kB RAM)


The Apple IIe (styled as Apple //e) is the third model in the Apple II series of personal computers produced by Apple Computer. The e in the name stands for enhanced, referring to the fact that several popular features were now built-in that were available only as upgrades or add-ons in earlier models. It also improved upon expandability and added a few new features, which, all combined, made it very attractive to first-time computer shoppers as a general-purpose machine.

The Apple IIe has the distinction of being the longest-lived computer in Apple’s history, having been manufactured and sold for nearly 11 years with relatively few changes.


  • Microprocessor
    • 6502 or 65C02 running at 1.023 MHz
    • 8-bit data bus
  • Memory
    • 64 KB RAM built-in
    • 16 KB ROM built-in
    • Expandable from 64 KB up to 1 MB RAM or more
  • Video modes
    • 40 and 80 columns text, white-on-black, with 24 lines
    • Low-Resolution: 40×48 (16 colors)
    • High-Resolution: 280×192 (6 colors)
    • Double-Low-Resolution: 80×48 (16 colors)
    • Double-High-Resolution: 560×192 (16 colors)
  • Audio
    • Built-in speaker; 1-bit toggling
    • Built-in cassette recorder interface; 1-bit toggle output, 1-bit zero-crossing input
  • Expansion
    • Seven Apple II Bus slots (50-pin card-edge)
    • Auxiliary slot (60-pin card-edge)
  • Internal connectors
    • Game I/O socket (16-pin DIP)
    • RF modulation output (4-pin Molex)
    • Numeric keypad (11-pin Molex)
  • External connectors
    • NTSC composite video output (RCA connector)
    • Cassette in/out (two ​18-inch mono phono jacks)
    • Joystick (DE-9)

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