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Specialist's Notes

In 1986, Apple® released the IIGS: a much more powerful successor to its //e and //c. A substantial improvement over previous II-series computers, the IIGS incorporated the 65C816, a 16-bit extension of the 6502 architecture, higher resolution (as much as 640 X 200) RGB video output, a sound chip capable of 32-channel waveform synthesis, a Macintosh-inspired GUI-centered 16-bit operating system (GS/OS), and the ability to expand the memory to over 8 MB. Although most IIGS systems were sold as stand-alone units in their own custom case with and power supply, Apple also offered an upgrade kit that would replace the motherboard and baseboard of an existing //e computer, allowing the reuse of the existing keyboard, power supply, speaker, and case. This lot is an example of such an upgrade kit, although production units came with a 'IIGS' replacement badge for the original '//e' logo. The presence of the EPROM daughterboard with buggy firmware and the vague part number silkscreened on the motherboard speak to lot this being an early in-house prototype used for testing.

  • Estimate

    USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00

  • Description

    APPLE COMPUTER, INC.
    A Prototype Apple® IIGS Computer

    A prototype Apple® IIGS motherboard in an unmarked
    Apple//e case, Apple //e keyboard (beige, with black keycap lettering),
    EPROM daughterboard marked AP1010-02 in the usual
    ROM socket with four 27C256 EPROMs marked 341-007-A
    U2 through U5, V1.0BBF, 6/19/86,
    unmarked //e-class power supply, 1MB memory expansion card,
    SKA321-03 (C) 1986 Apple Computer etched into motherboard,
    SKA321-03 and 6XX-XXXX- silkscreened onto motherboard in yellow ink.
    4.25in. (10.8cm.) x 15.25in. (38.7cm.) x 17.75in. (45.1cm.)

  • Lot Notes

    PROVENANCE

    From a private collection

  • Condition Report

    Light marks, scratches, faded coloration, and signs of general wear consistent with age. Please note given the age of the electronics we cannot guarantee the functioning electrical integrity of this lot. This equipment has been working but nonetheless we suggest the buyer contact a certified computer engineer before using the device.

    Unit emits a shrill tone on start-up, apparently a known bug in this prototype firmware.

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