Apple II Microcomputer, "Black Apple"

This Black Apple, model number A2S1048B, was a version of the Apple II Plus made by Apple Computer, Inc. and sold only to educational institutions by Bell & Howell, at that time a company specializing in audiovisual equipment. It earned the nicknames "Black Apple" and "Darth Vader" because its case was black instead of the usual beige color of the Apple II Plus. To make the computer more versatile, Bell & Howell added audio and video slots onto the Apple II Plus and also made it UL-compliant. By allowing Bell & Howell to sell their modified product, Apple was able to succeed in the educational market.
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Date made
Bell & Howell
Apple Computer
Place Made
United States: California, Cupertino
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 11 cm x 37.3 cm x 47 cm; 4 5/16 in x 14 11/16 in x 18 1/2 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Don and Mary Baugh
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I learned on the black Bell & Howell Apple 2E. I worked at the Bellin Health corporate offices. They distributed them to all the schools. As soon as that will became popular Apple dumped Bell & Howell and went direct...

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