Apple IIe Platinum

This is my Apple IIe Platinum, the last Apple IIe model to be released (the IIGS was really a completely different beast both in appearance and in functionality). Even though this machine is from 1987, most of its technology is the same as the original IIe from 1983 – good old 65C02 running at an amazing 1Mhz! The Platinum gets you more RAM (128Kb), a numeric keyboard and the 80 column card by default but that is pretty much it. The motherboard had a reduced chip count but that hardly mattered for end users.

Even though the Apple IIe Platinum is not a very rare machine to find (especially here in the US) it took me a little while to find one in mint condition like mine. My favorite part of this computer is its keyboard. It is by far my favorite keyboard in all my vintage computers. It reminds me of the classic IBM keyboards from the early 90s.

There are plenty of cheap software and peripherals available for the IIe. Even though it is getting close to be a 30 year old technology, it is still fun to play some games and write some BASIC in this great machine.

Technical Specs:

NAME   APPLE IIe Platinum
MANUFACTURER   Apple
TYPE   Professional Computer
ORIGIN   U.S.A.
YEAR   January 1987
END OF PRODUCTION   1993
BUILT IN LANGUAGE   Integer BASIC
KEYBOARD   81 keys with numeric keypad and arrow keys
CPU   65C02
SPEED   1 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR   MMU and IOU custom chips
RAM   128 KB
ROM   32 KB
TEXT MODES   40 or 80 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES   40 x 40-48 (16 col), 280 x 160-192 (6 col), 560 x 160-192 (2 col)
COLORS   16 maximum
SOUND   Built-in speaker – 1 channel
SIZE / WEIGHT   39.4 (W) x 45.7 (D) x 11.4 (H) cm.
I/O PORTS   Composite video, Tape in/out, Joystick, 6 expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA   None
OS   DOS 3.3, ProDOS or CP/M with the optional Z80 card
POWER SUPPLY   Built-in switching power supply unit
PERIPHERALS   All Apple and compatible expansion cards
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