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History of video games/Platforms/Apple II

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The Apple II was launched in April 1977.[1]

The Apple II was discontinued in 1993,[2] having been a critical platform in the Computer market, and by extension the computer gaming market, for well over a decade and a half.

Around 2017 a massive effort was made to preserve as much Apple II software as possible, before media degradation made some software lost to history.[3]


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These specs are for the original Apple II. Later models offered enhanced capabilities.[4]


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The Apple II is powered by an 6502 processor clocked at 1 megahertz.[5]

The Apple II originally shipped with 4 kilobytes of RAM, and could be expanded to 48 kilobytes.[5]


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The Apple II shipped with an 8 kilobyte ROM.[5]

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  1. "Apple II Personal Computer". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  2. Contributor, Minda Zetlin (23 January 2020). "These old Apple computers are worth up to $905,000—and you might have one sitting in your basement". CNBC. Retrieved 28 November 2020. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  3. "Programmers Are Racing to Save Apple II Software Before It Goes Extinct" (in en). www.vice.com. https://www.vice.com/en/article/gv39mx/programmers-are-racing-to-save-apple-ii-software-before-it-goes-extinct. 
  4. "Today in Apple history: The final Apple II model arrives". Cult of Mac. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  5. a b c "Apple II advertisement". Retrieved 28 November 2020.