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.
|NAME||APPLE IIe Platinum|
|END OF PRODUCTION||1993|
|BUILT IN LANGUAGE||Integer BASIC|
|KEYBOARD||81 keys with numeric keypad and arrow keys|
|CO-PROCESSOR||MMU and IOU custom chips|
|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)|
|SOUND||Built-in speaker – 1 channel|
|SIZE / WEIGHT||39.4 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|