[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Apple Lisa and Apple IIe

January 21st, 2013 by Benj Edwards

Apple Lisa and Apple IIe on the cover of Popular Computing - March 1983APPLE’S BOLD NEW COMPUTERS IN ALL-CAPS

Thirty years ago last Saturday (January 19th, 1983), Apple announced two new computers: the Apple Lisa and the Apple IIe.

Ultimately, the Apple Lisa met an early end, leaving behind technology that shaped the entire industry. The Apple IIe remained a reliable breadwinner during uncertain times in the early life of the Macintosh and remained the flagship member of Apple’s popular 8-bit computer line until it ended in 1993.

Here’s the cover of the March 1983 issue of Popular Computing which featured Apple’s two new machines. It has always been one of my favorite vintage computer magazine covers.

By the way, I recently wrote an article about this anniversary for Macworld in case you’re interested.

[ From Popular Computing, March 1983, cover ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever used an Apple Lisa? What did you think about it?

4 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Apple Lisa and Apple IIe”

  1. Multimedia Mike Says:

    Never used one. I saw one as a conversation piece once, a few years ago in the office of an executive of a well-known Silicon Valley company. He had no regrets about ever purchasing it for $10K when it first came out.

  2. Mark Says:

    I had that magazine! And had a tricked out Apple II Plus to boot.

  3. leftylimbo Says:

    Argh. The Lisa is one computer I’ve never seen in real life. I can say, though, that I used an Apple IIe, which was actually a fun, easy to use rig. I had one both in my HS Journalism class (1987-’88) and at home. The keyboard action was so smooth and effortless that I cranked out a short autobiographical story on it in my spare time and saved it to disk. I spent hours playing Lemonade Stand on the one at home.

  4. leftylimbo Says:

    Ack, where’s the Liquid Paper? I just realized it was an Apple IIc. My mistake.

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