The Apple III/IIIplus

Codename: Sarah
CPU: Synertek 6502A
CPU speed: 2 Mhz
FPU: none
motherboard RAM: 128 k (256 k in revised and IIIplus)
maximum RAM: 256 k
number of sockets: n/a
minimum speed: n/a
ROM: 4k
L1 cache: n/a
L2 cache: n/a
data path: 8 bit
bus speed: 1 Mhz
slots: 4 proprietary (compatible w/ Apple II)
SCSI: none
Serial Ports: optional expansion card
ADB: none
Floppy: built-in Shugart 143k 5.25"
HD: none
Display: Display: 80x24 text, 1 bit (B&W) 590x192
Sound Output: built in speaker
power: ??
introduced: June 1980
terminated: 1985

The Apple III was announced in June 1980. It contained a Synertek 8-bit 6502A processor which could run at speeds up to 2 MHz. It contained 128K of RAM and a 4K ROM. It could run most Apple II programs through emulation, and came with a sophisticated new operating system. It was the first Apple to include a built-in 5.25" disk drive, and hi-res graphics built-in to the motherboard. It was designed to be Apple's business offering, but sold very poorly. It sold initially for between $4,340 and $7,800, depending on the configuration. The original Apple III had many problems, and was replaced by a revised model in mid 1981, which featured 256K RAM, updated system software, and a lower price ($3495). A 5 MB external hard disk was also made available. The Apple III sold very poorly and was replaced by the Apple IIIplus ($2995) in Late 1983. The Apple IIIplus was discontinued in 1985.


Date: Wed, 5 Mar 1997 14:35:37 -0800 (PST)
From: john.huber@etak.com (John Huber)
To: opinions@apple-history.pair.com
Subject: Apple History

Here's another tidbit you might add: Rupert Lissner wrote a program for the Apple III, called 3-EZ Pieces (I might be spelling it wrong). It combined spreadsheet, database, and word processing -- and was probably the first "works" program. Of course, like the Apple III, it didn't sell well. However, when the Apple IIe was introduced, so was a new version of Lissner's (come to think of it, I might be spelling his name wrong, too) software, as AppleWorks. It became the biggest-selling software package of all time, and Rupert became rich. He bought a red Ferrari and a vanity licence plate reading "MIO POMO" (my apple). - John Huber, Apple employee 1982-1994

Thanks to Matt Garrison for this picture

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