February 6: 1981: Apple III Can't Tell Time

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  1. macrumors bot



    Category: Opinion/Interviews
    Link: February 6: 1981: Apple III Can't Tell Time
    Description:: In any event, the public heard the first rumblings that the Apple III never should have left the factory floor during this week in 1981.

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  2. Administrator emeritus


    just site FYI - I'm thinking we need a "history" tag for macbytes, but will continue marking things like this as "opinion" until that happens.

  3. macrumors 68020


    i agree, if that matters.
  4. Moderator emeritus

    In this case, hysteria is more like it than history.

    That was a strange machine. Its only real business enhancement was the keyboard with numeric keypad. Calling the machine a toad would have been an insult to toads everywhere.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Once Apple fixed the hardware problems in the second release (and there were some really terrible problems), it was actually a pretty decent system for its day. But there's no escaping a bad reputation.

    The Apple /// FAQ discusses this in greater detail.

    In the end, however, the best thing to come out of the /// was the SOS operating system, which introduced many concepts later used by ProDOS, GS-OS and Mac OS.
  6. Moderator emeritus

    It was terrible compared to CP/M systems for business and then in August, the IBM PC arrived. I would agree that it was a great testbed, though.

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