PC World’s Greatest PC of All Time: Apple II

“The Apple II wasn’t the first personal computer, or the most advanced one, or even the best-selling model of its age. But, in many ways, it was The Machine That Changed Everything. On all four of our criteria–innovation, impact, industrial design and intangibles–it was such a huge winner that it ended up as our Greatest PC of All Time,” PC World reports.

“Born out of the Home Brew Computer Club by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs’s tiny Apple Computer in 1977, the Apple II was the company’s second PC, but it boasted more than its share of firsts: it was the first colour PC (you could even use it with a television), the first to be easily expandable by users and the first to run the VisiCalc spreadsheet–proving that these new boxes had a place in business,” PC World reports.

PC World reports., “But, perhaps its greatest innovation was its design. Jobs wanted the machine to look at home on people’s desktops, so he insisted that the Apple II have a sleek look, as opposed to the sheet-metal-and-exposed-wire appearance of most other early PCs. The machine’s coolness factor–an Apple trademark to this day–was as important to its long-term success as Wozniak’s inventive engineering was.”

Full article here.

36 Comments

  1. I remember hours and hours playing Lode Runner on my friend’s Apple II in the early 80’s. We also had 1 (ONE!) in our high school computer classroom that many of us would crowd around – ignoring the room full of Commodore PET computers we used in class to learn BASIC. God I’m gettin old!

  2. Wow, I remember how much I drooled over my friend’s Apple II when I was back in high school. I was relegated to “merely” having a programmable HP 41C calculator. He was indeed the king of the geek crew, having that computer, and we did some amazing stuff programming that beastie in BASIC and assembler. Great memories…. I can’t believe I’m so old that I remember a day when the Apple II ruled the roost!

  3. Rob, right there with you! How did we ever get so darned old, huh?

    And btw, my first 2 big purchases in my life were a Nakamichi tape deck/NAD amplifier set, and a 128k Mac. I knew the good stuff even when I was a kid ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. My elementary school had an Apple ][+ in the library (4th or 5th grade) and we could sign up for 15 or 30 minute time slots. We mostly spent time playing Oregon Trail. I even have a book from then called “Basic Apple Basic.” Never did learn it but it’s on my bookshelf.

  5. i remember going from a network based terminal (actually, a teletype machine with a cradle-style modem) to an apple ii in junior high. it was the coolest thing ever. i remember trying to write graphics programs in basic to create weird spyrograph-type patterns.

    good times!

  6. Man, I loved the ][e! I did learn AppleSoft BASIC, and I programmed a couple of games, as well as a primitive word processor. I’m a school librarian, and the card catalog program and the overdue fine program I wrote were used by the schools in my county until the entire state automated.

  7. The computer market sure has expanded. According to the article, over 2 million Apple ][‘s were produced during its nearly 20-year lifespan. Doesn’t Apple sell nearly that many Macs in one year? And they have a 3% market share…

  8. Yes, us old guys use Macs too. I never got to use an Apple II. My first computer (in ’83) was an Altos (8″ floppies!) running 8 bit CP-M, but I swapped to a Mac 512 in ’85 (I still have it in the cupboard). Since then, I’ve watched PC’s slowly catching up but never closing the gap. IMHO, nothing in the PC world touches my Intel iMac.

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