Apple II

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Apple II
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Released: 1977-06-??
Discontinued: 1993-11-??
Developer: Apple Computer
Type: Hardware

Apple Computer released the Apple II in 1977. Main competitors at the time of introduction were the Commodore PET 2001 and the TRS-80. The last variant of the Apple IIe was discontinued in November 1993.

It was a popular computer among programmers, especially in the early 1980s. As a result, some of the most memorable videogame series, sometimes spanning to the present days, have originated from Apple II, including Might and Magic, Prince of Persia, Ultima, Wizardry, and Wolfenstein (also, released simultaneously with DOS versions, Leisure Suit Larry and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?).

A soviet computer named Agat which used some of the Apple II architecture was popular in USSR and early the Russian Federation, although not as much as ZX Spectrum.

Games

Models

A variant of the Apple II with a different BASIC in ROM was marketed as the Apple II Plus, of which there were a couple of regional variants the Apple II europlus and Apple II J Plus. A new model with expanded capabilities including lower case and better support for 80 columns arrived in 1983 as the Apple IIe. A couple of minor revisions followed before the introduction of the Apple //e Platinum in 1987 which added a numeric keypad and came with the extended 80-column card preinstalled to provide 128k RAM and Double Hi-res graphics.

Music and Sound

The machine has a simple speaker toggle output which programmers have used with tight code to do amazing things with 1-bit resolution. The machine has 7 expansion slots and many sound cards were created for various applications that interface via an expansion slot. The sound card with most support in games was the Mockingboard which provided one or two AY-3-8910 with 3/6 voices.

Composition

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As of July 2022, no "native" rip format exists. However, some of the Apple II music is ripped to VGM.

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