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Despite humble beginnings, today Apple, Inc. enjoys unprecedented popularity and prosperity with its products, routinely selling over a million devices in a single day. It is a major innovator in the computing and consumer landscape, and as shown in this retrospective, the history of the Apple II computer plays a large part in the current successes of the company. The late ...more
Hardcover, 565 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Variant Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Mike
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A friend of mine gave me a copy of the book, signed by the author. He is someone who continues to tinker with the revered computer that is the Apple ][. I grew up in Silicon Valley with a dad who worked there during the early years. I thought it was normal for people to have Apple ][s in their house and parents who were engineers. What Ive come to learn, as a computer engineer myself, is the beige computer I played with when I was nine contained a lot more capability than anyone realized at the ...more
Al
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book of almost 600 pages on the Apple II, a computer that was first released in 1977, was published in 2013! I think it is fair to say that the Apple II platform comprised some of the most loved (correct word) microcomputers ever. I had both an Apple IIc and IIe back in the eighties. They were two of my favorite computers, so I really enjoyed this comprehensive history of all facets of this line of computers. There is plenty of information on AppleWorks, which was the killer app for me. I cant ...more
Eric
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
A lovely trip into the history of this seminal point and process in computing. Quite thorough, and if you were an old user you will find yourself nodding I recognition of the names and developments in the long history.

One caveat for the book - it could probably have used another pass by an editorial eye - the chronology of references is sometimes muddled (that is, forward references to enhancements in the future are made without explanation), which means if you weren't reasonably close to the
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Kevin
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of the dates are off, and some of the aspects the author focuses on are odd, IMO.
However: there's nothing else like it, so if you're interested then it's a must-read.
Steve Sarrica
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nostalgic trip down memory lane for this Apple II user. Weyhrich's book is at its best when he is sharing little known behind-the-scenes stories about the history of the Apple II, its development, success, and decline. I wasn't as interested in some of the details about computer publications and online services of the past and their fates. The design of the book and its physical quality are excellent. I only noticed a few typos although one was on the very first page. "Sophistication & ...more
Mark Scheuern
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must-have for Apple II fans. This was clearly a labor of love for the author. Not surprisingly, I found the early years the most interesting and learned much despite having read several histories of Apple. The book did drag a bit in parts for me with too many chapters on magazines and online services. Oddly, there's little about games. A more thorough proofreading would have helped, too, but I did very much enjoy the book.
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