Happy 35th Birthday, Apple II!

Happy 35th Birthday, Apple II!

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!

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