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Cracking Open the Apple IIc

Cracking Open the Apple IIc

Introduced at the same time as the original Mac, the Apple IIc represented a leap forward for the Apple II line. One of the key improvements was integrating the floppy disk with the main CPU. It was one of the most popular Apple IIs ever.

We recently got an Apple IIc for our Cracking Open series. The poor thing was already damaged in shipment, but here's what it looks like on the inside.

Find out more about the Apple IIc in Classics Rock

13 comments
JJPEngr
JJPEngr

Thanks for the memory. My first computer was an Apple IIc in 1984. It won out as my choice over IBM PCjr. Never had any problems with it, and I added a GUI application that gave it a Mac like interface - don't remember the name of that app. I have had 5 Macs since then, so it started me on a long relationship with Apple. Too bad your sample was so damaged in shipment. Cool to see what was inside!

bhaven23
bhaven23

My first 'puter was a IIc. Gave it to a collector 3 years ago; it was still working. The Apple Scribe printer, unfortunately, was a mistake on Apple's part. A real piece of junk.

shelbeeray
shelbeeray

OMG I LOVED the Apple II series. Those things were DURABLE. A patch here and there and the darn Apple IIe we had is probably still working! Oregon Trail ROCKED! I don't miss the word processor though!

meggnastic
meggnastic

the mouse is serial and i remember having one of these, all i can say about is, choplifter rocked!!!

JJPEngr
JJPEngr

I sold mine (also still working)in early 1990's. The scribe printer, particularly the color ribbons were crappy and the only problem I had with the IIc.

are@fccucom
are@fccucom

Didn't use the Apple Word Processing software. Used PFS Write and PFS File for database, and a Daisy wheel printer. Made bulk mail letters look like they were typed on a typewriter...

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

No... the mouse port is in the far left looking at hte connectors across the back. The monitor plugs into the round composite jack in the center.

JJPEngr
JJPEngr

I bought an Apple IIc in 1984 as my first PC after comparing it to an INM PC Jr and used it for about 5 years, so this crack open brings back some memories. Used it mainly for word processing and some presentations. Even had some simple games for the kids. A Mac type GUI program was available for it later, but it was limited. I went to a 386 PC in the early 90's and used HP's New Wave on it. Since then, I have had 4 Macs and have never gone back to Windows at home. So, this early experience was definitely an influence.

yooper
yooper

Mine was a Commodore64 back in 1982, one of the best 8bit of that era!

yooper
yooper

Mine was a Commodore64 back in 1982, one of the best 8bit of that era!

mnymj
mnymj

my first was an altair.