Image Credit:   Apple Inc.

Image Credit:   Apple IIe Owner's Manual, Copyright 1983, Apple Inc.

Vectronic's Apple IIe

Introduced: January 1983
Terminated: March 1985

Logic Board
Processor:   6502A
Processor Speed:   1 MHz
PMMU:   none
FPU:   none
Bus Speed:   1 MHz
Data Path:   8-bit
ROM Size:   16K
Level 1 Cache:   none
Level 2 Cache:   none
Battery:   none
Expansion Slots:   8 Apple II Proprietary Slots

Recommended Slots:
  • Slot 1: Printer
  • Slot 2: Modem
  • Slot 3: Empty (if card is in Aux. Conn.)
  • Slot 4: Mouse
  • Slot 5: Drive 2 or hard drive
  • Slot 6: Drive 1
  • Slot 7: Co-processor
  • Aux. Conn.: Extended 80-Column Text Card

(Click) System Board (IIe Owner's Manual, Copyright 1983, Apple Inc.)

(Click) System Board (IIe Owner's Manual, Copyright 1983, Apple Inc.)

Min - Max RAM:   64K - 128K (1 MB - 4 MB with third party cards)
Onboard RAM:   64K

  • 128K of RAM achieved with Extended 80 Column Card

Apple IIe Owner's Guide
64K of RAM is added with Extended 80 Column Card
(Apple IIe Owner's Manual, Copyright 1983, Apple Inc.)

I/O Ports:
  • Video out (composite), 8 expansion slots, Audio Cassette Input/Output, Paddles (onboard), Joystick/Hand Control Connector

(Click) IIe Ports (IIe Owner's Manual, Copyright 1983, Apple Inc.)

Text display modes:
  1. 40-column text, 24 lines, 5 x 7 dot matrix (suitable for television or monitor)
  2. 80-column text, 24 lines, 5 x 7 dot matrix (Extended 80-Column Text Card required)(suitable for monitor only)

Graphics display modes:
  • Low-resolution 16-color graphics:
    1. 40h x 48v color blocks
    2. 40h x 40v with four lines of text
  • High-resolution 6-color graphics:
    1. 280h x 192v dots
    2. 280h x 160v with four lines of text
  • Double high-resolution 16-color graphics:
    1. 560h x 192v dots (Extended 80-Column Text Card required)

  • All graphics modes may be displayed on a television or monitor
  • Composite monitor or RF Modulator to TV supported

  • Audio Cassette Tape, 5.25-inch floppy drives (w/card), 800K floppy drive (w/card), 1.4 MB floppy drive (w/card), SCSI hard drive (w/card)
  • Various third party hard drives

Apple Disk II (Apple IIe Owner's Manual, Copyright 1983, Apple Inc.)

Operating System
Compatible OS:   DOS 3.3, ProDOS, CP/M (with Z-80 card), Pascal, MS-DOS (with card)
Languages in ROM:   Applesoft BASIC
Addressing Modes:   8-bit

Keyboard:   63 keys, upper and lowercase
Form Factor:   Apple II
Dimensions (Inches):   4.25 H x 15.25 W x 17.75 D
Average Weight (lbs):   11.5
Original Price:   $1400 US

Vectronic's Apple IIe
Vectronic's Apple IIe

Apple intended the Apple III to eventually replace the Apple II Plus, but its failure in the marketplace prompted them to release an enhanced version of the II Plus, the Apple IIe. The IIe became so popular that it supplanted the Apple III. The Apple III was quickly discontinued and the IIe would go on to receive many updates and stay in production for about ten years. The IIe offered the same basic functionality of the II Plus, but it did so with fewer chips and was thus cheaper to manufacture.

Additional Apple II Information:

Apple II Print Ads

DOS 3.3 and ProDOS Guide

Free Programs for the Apple II

Vectronic's Apple II Timeline

Apple Brings Computers to the Masses

Vectronic's Apple II Section

Vectronic's Apple IIe

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