Selling for over 10 years, the Apple II line was very successful and
the IIe ("Enhanced") was the logical successor to the II+. The 65C02
processor was coupled with a graphics chip capable of displaying 16
colors although the highest resolution (560x160 pixels) offered only
a black and white display. The IIe was replaced by more enhanced
"enhanced" machines, but they never really caught on and the IIGS
came on the scene, and quickly faded in favor of the Mac. Inside
Apple, two distinct camps worked on these internally competing
platforms (the Apple III never did well at all) in the end, the newer technology won.
John on Thursday, March 14, 2013 Re: the IIe enhanced - that came out in 1985. Prior to 1985, Apple sold a regular //e that used the older 6502 chip and had the ability of displaying inverse capital letters in 80 column mode. The ehnahnced version displayed MouseText characters instead. The third version is the one displayed above. The platinum IIe with the numeric keypad and simplified motherboard. Early non-enhanced //e machines had a painted case with metal baseplate, like the ][ and ][ Plus machines. They also had a different keyboard, which had a more tactile response than the later keyboards. There were two different motherboards in these painted case machines. The Revision A board couldn't display HGR2 graphics (High-Res with 4-bit color), instead stuck with 2-bit color in HGR mode. The Revision B board fixed that issue and was used as the basis for the Enhanced //e. In fact, it was very easy to convert a Revision B //e into an enhanced version. Replace the processor and four chips.
There was also a IIgs upgrade kit, which turned a IIe into a IIgs with built-in keyboard. Cost $499.00 US back in 1989 when I had it done to my original //e.
Ian on Saturday, October 6, 2012 I recall purchasing the Apple lle as our family computer all those many years ago in the 80's. My kids were in grade school and I purchased an array of educational software and, of course, games. 5'1/4" floppies and a couple of drives for 3.5" disks. Everything may be rudimentary by today standards but we all got of good use from the lle. As a matter of fact I still have it lovingly boxed along with printer, external drives, 2 monitors and a variety of software in my storage locker. I fire it up on occasion and it works just fine still.
John on Friday, August 6, 2010 This was the first "non-Commodore" computer that I had been exposed to. The Catholic grade school that I went to bought 3 of them, along with the matching dot-matrix printers. There was something magical about playing "Oregon Trail" in full green text, and no graphics. As an 8th grader, we were all exposed to the world of word processing because of this old relic. If I dig around, I bet I can still find the 5.25 inch floppy that I stored all of my papers on.