The Apple IIGS (styled as IIgs) is a personal computer released by Apple Computer on September 15, 1986 that’s compatible with the Apple II series, but otherwise has capabilities comparable to the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, and Macintosh. The “GS” in the name stands for “Graphics” and “Sound,” referring to its enhanced multimedia hardware, especially its state of the art sound and music synthesis.
|Manufacturer||Apple Computer Company||CPU||2.8 MHz 65C816|
|Year Introduced||1986||RAM||256 kB or 1 MB (expandable up to 8 MB)|
The machine is a radical departure from any previous Apple II, with its 65C816 16-bit microprocessor, direct access to megabytes of RAM, and mouse. It was the first computer produced by Apple to use a color graphical user interface (color was introduced on the Macintosh II six months later) and Apple Desktop Bus interface for keyboards, mice, and other input devices. It is the first personal computer to come with a built-in wavetable synthesis chip, utilizing technology from Ensoniq.