Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from 1984-1989

Apple IIc

In April 1984, Apple unveils the Apple IIc with an intense publicity extravaganza, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Priced at US$1300, 2,000 dealers place orders for more than 52,000 units on the day of its introduction.

The Apple IIc (the "c" means compact) is pretty much a portable Apple IIe computer, with its most obvious feature being its small size. It has a membrane under the keyboard to help keep dirt and contamination from getting inside the system. The keyboard provides both QWERTY and Dvorak layouts.

Reprinted with permission from Oldcomputers.net

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