35 years ago today, the Apple II was introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire as Apple’s first computer that was available pre-assembled. It went on to become one of the first highly successful mass-produced computers, and paved the way for much of Apple’s success moving forward toward the Macintosh.
The Apple II was released about a year after the Apple I, (which was available only as a set of components that the user had to build into a case), and was among the most important achievements in the history of personal computing.
Harry McCracken has put together a fantastic collection of information to mark the occasion, which I highly recommend you take a look at. In the meantime, check out the below video – one of the earliest TV ads for the Apple II! It’s amazing how much Apple’s ads have changed (and clearly for the better).
The Apple II was the first computer I can recall using. How many of you owned or used an Apple II? Do you have any cool memories of the machine? Let us know!