Reprinted from Personal Computing, issue 3/1983, pp. 82-186.
Apple shook the world of computing seven years ago with a machine built in a garage on
a shoestring budget. Dubbed the Apple II, the machine set the course for personal
computing for the better part of a decade.
It’s hard to follow the drama and significance of an act like that. But with the recent
unveiling of two new Apple computers – Lisa, a trend-setting personal office system
that grew from a three-year, $50-million investment, and the Apple IIe, an enhanced version
of the Apple II – it looks like Apple is shaking things up once again.
In this special five-part section, Popular Computing presents the first in-depth coverage
of Apple’s new machines. Our report includes
a complete review of Lisa’s hardware and software,
a behind-the-scenes report on designing Lisa,
and a technology update on the mouse,
a device Lisa is bringing for the first time to personal computers. Also reviewed is the Apple IIe,
a machine featuring improved performance, competitive pricing, and compatibility with Apple II
products. As you’ll see in our report, designing the IIe was an intricate engineering puzzle.
So turn the page and discover why
Apple’s Lisa is one of the most significant advances in
personal computing in the last seven years.
|Apple Lisa and Apple IIe. Photograph by Mike Blake
|4. “Apple IIe” [not related to GUIs]
|5. “Core of a new Apple” [not related to GUIs]