Apple II Computer and Apple II Monitor designed by Steve Wozniak and Jerry Manock

Made in Ireland

The Apple II was the second personal computer circuit design to come from Steve Wozniak (one of Apple’s founders). Wozniak again produced an elegant and efficient circuit design with a colour video output (the first mass-market personal computer to do so). Although the Apple II launched without any compelling applications it was a design that, as Steve Job’s had hoped, would appeal to software writers and developers. The availability of Visicalc for the Apple II within months of its release help...

Summary

Object No.

2012/136/1

Physical Description

The Apple II with Apple II Monitor is a small desk top personal computer system housed in beige coloured plastic cases with chamfer corners.

The Apple II houses the main circuit board, (missing power supply) and qwerty keyboard and is missing its lid. The Apple II also has two expansion cards fitted - a DISK interface card and a Pal encoder card.

The Monitor II CRT has a green phosphor monochrome tube and an ON/OFF switch at the top right corner and a tuning switch on the centre front side.

Marks

Manufacturers label on base of computer; 'Apple Computer Ltd. / Made in Ireland'.
Manufactureres label on back of monitor; 'Apple Computer / Green Phosphor... / Apple Computer / 20525 / Marian Ave / Cupertino. CA, 95014 / Made in Korea by Samsung'.
'Apple' logo on lower right corner and centre back of monitor.

Dimensions

Height

280 mm

Width

370 mm

Depth

310 mm

Weight

7 kg

Production

Notes

The Apple II was the second computer to come from Apple Computer Incorporated. The Apple II went into production in April 1977. The Apple Monitor II was designed and released in 1982 nearly five years after the Apple II. It was purposely built to complement the Apple II. The Apple II was made in Ireland. The Apple II Monitor was made by Samsung, Korea for Apple Computer Inc.

The elegant circuit which improved upon the Apple I was designed by Steven Wozniak and Steve Jobs had the task of managing the design of the computers housing. After doing the rounds of design consultancies in the (Silicon) Valley Jobs was recommended Jerry Manock who had only recently gone freelance. After graduating from the Stanford Product Design Program Manock went to work for Hewlett Packard (HP) where he was involved in the design of esoteric instruments for the microwave division. He left HP in 1972 and had produced a electronic aids for the handicapped with Telesensory Systems before answering Job's call for an industrial designer after being out on his own for just on a month.

Job's was adamant that the Apple II case should be made of plastic. He saw plastic symbolically as presenting the Apple II as a mass market object (as opposed to the other products that it would compete with at the next Computer Faire) bare circuit boards or rudimentary steel or wooden boxes.

Made

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Made

Apple Computer Incorporated 1977-1982

History

Notes

The particular history of this Apple material is unknown - other than it would have been used by Museum staff in the 1980s.

Source

Credit Line

Ex Museum

Acquisition Date

20 November 2012

Cite this Object

Harvard

Apple II Computer and Apple II Monitor designed by Steve Wozniak and Jerry Manock 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2018, <https://ma.as/457301>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum.

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