See below for specifications and information on this system.
|Introduced:||Announced May 1980
Ships spring 1981
|Original Price:||$4340 with 128K and no options|
|CPU:||6502, 2 MHz|
|Input/Output:||Built-in floppy drive, composite color video output
with selectable interlacing, built-in speaker, joystick
port, diskette port
Other I/O options on cards
|Bus:||Apple II bus, 3 slots|
|Other Items in Collection:||Some documentation, non-working external floppy drive, Apple ProFile hard disk controller, Apple ProFile 5 MB external hard disk|
|Items Needed:||Any cards, external floppy drive, software (e.g., /// EZ Pieces)|
Apple III was intended to add a serious business machine to the Apple lineup, working together with the Apple II rather than replacing it.
The Apple III is notorious for being one of the biggest failures of microcomputer history (along with other notable examples, such as the Apple Lisa and the IBM PCjr). An oft-repeated story goes that the motherboard chips would loosen in their sockets due to excess heat. Apple technical support personnel told owners to drop the unit 2"-3" onto the desk to re-seat the chips. Naturally the owners didn't respond happily to this advice, and Apple ended up replacing every single motherboard under warranty.
The III was fully redesigned and re-launched as the Apple III+, but it was too little too late.
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