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Monday, August 14, 2006
 
Apple II: The Greatest PC Of All Time
8:22 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

PC World recently offered their list of the 25 Greatest PCs of All Time. The Apple II managed to take top honors, one of five Apple computers listed, including the eMate 300 and . The Apple II outclassed other computers in categories of innovation, impact, industrial design, and intangibles.

Perhaps its greatest innovation was its design. Jobs wanted the machine to look at home on people's desktops, so he insisted that the Apple II have a sleek look, as opposed to the sheet-metal-and-exposed-wire appearance of most other early PCs. The machine's coolness factor--an Apple trademark to this day--was as important to its long-term success as Wozniak's inventive engineering was.

And we do mean long-term: From the original Apple II model that debuted at the first West Coast Computer Faire in April 1977 to the discontinuation of the final iteration of the IIe in December 1993 (outlasting the 16-bit IIGS model that was introduced years after it), more than 2 million Apple II-family PCs had been produced. The Apple II line, well documented at Steven Weyhrich's Apple II History site, kept the company going through the Apple Lisa debacle and other turbulent events of the 1980s. By the middle of that decade, though, Apple had turned its attention to that other world-beater, the Macintosh Plus (number 4 on our list). But it was the Apple II that put the personal in the nascent personal computer industry. The rest is history.

To check out the rest of the winning computer systems follow the link below.

The 25 Greatest PCs Of All Time


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