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Apple II – Apple's most important computer (new edit)


I grew up with the Apple II – it was my first ever computer. I’m an old-school Apple guy. In this video I give a basic introduction to the Apple II system and its internal competition with the Mac before showing off my own personal IIc and IIGS. This video ended up a little more serious than I originally intended, but I guess I have a certain reverence for the subject matter. And you can tell I’m a Woz fan, though my thoughts on Jobs are probably a little more complex than you’d guess solely from this video.

This is a new edit with my new intro/outro and LPCM audio (should be better sound). This is one of my most important videos to me personally, so I wanted it to be its best.

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Apple II+, IIe, IIe Platinum, III Plus By Bilby (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 ( via Wikimedia Commons

Apple Lisa: Simon Claessen

Apple IIGS cards: Blake Patterson

Mac Prototype: Victor Grigas

Commodore 1541: Nathan Beach

Atari 1050: MOS6502

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  1. Patrick Armbruster says

    It's so funny to hear someone say "the Steve Jobs way of creating something entirely new was conventional thinking back then, Woz' way of sticking to the old hardware and improving it was the innovative way, really". Erh… Yeah, sure, man…

  2. rory calhoun says


  3. Cycling PokeSmoker says

    13:09 That power switch sounds like the master power switch for some heavy industrial equipment

  4. ReddoFreddo says

    Wait, companies are not making bandai blue computers with MacOS running on them now because that would be illegal, it has nothing to do with the impact it had on the industry. Companies aren't making Apple IIs either, that doesn't make sense as a criticism. Unless if you want to call the fact hobbyists are still making Apple II compatible hardware "impact on the industry," I'm sure some people are still writing iMac compatible software. There are pieces of unsuccessful hardware with no impact on the industry whatsoever that have cult followings which still produce things for them, like the Vectrex. And obviously, a computer from 1998 isn't going to have the same historic impact as the first personal computer ever, but products like the iPod and the iPhone certainly did. Design-wise, the iMac had a pretty big impact on the industry, transparent plastic designs were everywhere in the early 2000s, I had a transparent mouse back then, and a transparent gameboy. The reason people collect iMacs is because of their design, they just look really cool, that's it, it also brought back Apple as a company, that in and of itself is an impact. Jobs certainly was the deciding factor in what made the original Macintosh fail, but he was also the one that brought the GUI to Apple, which was revolutionary. I'm just saying you're not giving Jobs a fair shot.

  5. Grady Broyles says

    I f'ing LOVED that computer. I had to go to my local library and sign up for hour-long time slots. I really really did love it. Almost as much as I loved mu Commodore64 (with CP/M cartridge)

  6. Michael Timpson says

    I'd really love to see a video comparing LisaOS, MacOS, and GS/OS at the similar release times to compare and contrast similarities and differences.

  7. Michael Timpson says

    I was using an Apple II BEFORE the schools got it. My next store neighbor had one, and then my mom brought one home when they first let teachers use them. We later got an Apple IIe, followed several years later by a Mac SE.

  8. MilesPrower1992 says

    Can you use 720k disks? I hear that they're the same as 800k disks physically

  9. MilesPrower1992 says

    "World's first…"
    Wasn't the TRS 80 first?
    "… successful PC"
    Oh, that makes more sense

  10. Ricardo Bánffy says

    This backward compatibility thing was not really unique thinking by Woz – IBM did that starting with the S/360 family and every successor it got – even the most modern z15 can run unmodified 360 binaries.

  11. cb meeks says

    Please define "first successful personal computer". The VIC-20 was the first computer to break a million units sold. Also the first color computer to sell for less than $100USD.

  12. CroppedRubbish_ says

    title: apple's most important computer
    cries in Apple 1

  13. M T says

    Seems like jobs was more of a stumbling block than an “innovator”. Although his gambling did pay off at some level, he was also very destructive to the company. Apple has great products but still remains backwards when it comes to thermals.

  14. Michael Piziak says

    My elementary school had ONE Apple II. It was in the lunch room. Select students were given X amount of time per week to use it. I was lucky enough to be one of the "select" students. My mother, later, bought me a Commodore Vic 20. Oh, and I forgot the Timex Sinclair that she bought me first, which was so useless that we returned it and got the Vic 20.

  15. Deenie Beenie says

    Imagine if you were calling Dell to fix your melting piece of shit laptop and the customer service rep said, "throw it out the window."

  16. Travis Ruston says

    Atari, Commodore, and IBM were like the important and smart kids at school but Apple was that glue-eating kid who was somehow popular.

  17. Glenn Young says

    I own many vintage computers from the C64/128, Amiga, Atari 800, and the //e and //gs… I have been both a Diversi-Dial user and SysOp and a C64 BBS SysOp… I was so happy to hear you mention D-Dial as it seems a forgotten part of our history, thank you! Even the programmer, Bill Basham seems to want to forget D-Dial. If you ever want to learn more about that package or C-Net 64n and 128 BBS software feel free to contact me, I am happy to discuss the old days.. 🙂

  18. El Martillo says

    we had Apple II's in Elementary School in the late 70's, great video and I just had to post this video because it fits so well lol https://youtu.be/E3s-qZsjK8I

  19. Saskia van Houtert says

    Apple has a good history, Steve Jobs made Apple as it is now, a good product with essentials.
    I hope to work with an I -Mac again, with Apple programms.

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  21. sam guapo says

    If only the 6502 chip had a more powerful version earlier and larger storage. The Apple 2 was already great for business even at 1mhz. I would have been happier with larger file capacity and hard drives.

  22. davidmanjhu says

    Who remembers Leisure Suit Larry? Was that released for the Apple II or the Mac? LOL

  23. HiZ RedShift says

    Nicely done video – takes me back to early 80s when a rich friend had an Apple II (different variants) and we spent a lot of time playing that Choplifter game you showed as well as Castle Wolfenstein and Karateka. Good memories! I did spend a LOT of time with games on 5.25 inch floppy disks but was with a C64 and fun to see someone with a stack of those hastily labeled disks lol

  24. mrxyz2k says

    In a year of 80’s or 90’s Byte magazine summarised the last 15 years of PC history by following Apple.

  25. mrxyz2k says

    “The power to be your best”
    A lost sentence, I missed ❤️

  26. bigalexg says

    THAT was a great video! It hadn't really dawned on me that the II could have and maybe would have become the default computer instead of the IBM if only Job's hubris hadn't derailed it in favor of overpriced and under-powered Mac which had the extra handicap of needing all new software – software that never really materialized outside of a few niche markets. In this view the Mac was more of an interloping turd than the revolution it is perceived as.

  27. roxics says

    You had me until you trashed the iMac. Granted I also grew up with Apple II computers in school. But the iMac was gorgeous and I really miss that late 90s early 00s era of Apple machine design. Today aluminum and glass have become the new beige.

  28. sleaf6 says

    It’s hilarious to learn how Steve was so insecure when it came to anything he didn’t believe in. Like neutering the 2gs, what a joke

  29. An Anna says

    The Apple ][ was a terrible 8 bit out of the price of many and not taken very seriously. It only had any traction in the schools where it made some in roads. While you were bored on your lunch break you could go to the library and boot up the Apple ][ and try and run a demo or I even wrote a 3D cube plot program on it during a lunch break. But back in the day, all our focus was on the machines you really had access to… the Vic 20's, C-64's , Sinclairs, and Color Computers you could afford, or the computers you could get unrestricted access to in the stores being sold… the Atari' 400'800's, TImex Sinclairs, TRS-80 Model III's, etc. The Apple ][ wask kind of an overpriced monochrome joke (as mostly it was sold with a green monochrome screen… and the budget ][c aimed again at the education market followed that trend. I've got about a dozen of those rotting around here somewhere with their tiny monitors.

    Even though I grew up with all this tech and have a huge 8 bit junk collection quietly collecting dust in storage, I would be hardpressed to find the enthusiasm to plug any of them back up with the rats nest of cables involved and fire them up again. I mean why? So much trouble, a dead end road, wasted time. I wish I could send any one of them back in time back to when I was a broke ass kid just starting out… that's for sure… back then they would of been a million buck prize to me, today they are just trash taking up space.

  30. 1337penguinman says

    Thanks to Steve Jobs we're stuck with Microsoft and Windows.

  31. Shawn Lewis says

    Interesting and informative video about the Apple II… The computer for the rest of us, as one commercial back then stated.
    I have a 2c and a Dell desktop and laptop here in Hoosier Land.

  32. Heather Armstrong says

    Let’s play where in the world is Carmen Sandiego and where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego

  33. Heather Armstrong says

    I would like to play the Carmen Sandiego games again I wish there was an app for it

  34. שמעון ויסמן says

    There was no way at that time that any computer however advanced or powerful could compete with IBM PC and clones. The Macintosh has a niche market – any general purpose PC would have failed in a market dominated by IBM.

  35. Maglev Rabbit says

    Woz loved making computers, Jobs loved making money. Guess who is the best known. It was ever thus.

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