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.

This example of a Black Apple was used in the Ferndale Public Schools in Ferndale, Michigan.

Date Made: 1980s

Maker: Bell & HowellApple Computer

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Cupertino

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers, Computers & Business Machines


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Credit Line: Gift of Don and Mary Baugh

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0153.01Accession Number: 2002.0153Catalog Number: 2002.0153.01

Object Name: microcomputer

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 cm x 37.3 cm x 47 cm; 4 5/16 in x 14 11/16 in x 18 1/2 in


Record Id: nmah_998355

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