Thanks to a tweet by Jason Scott, I could download this beautiful 1982 Apple brochure from the Internet Archive, and I suggest you do the same if you love to have some bits from pre-Macintosh history.
The brochure is focused on one of the most short-lived machines in Apple’s history, the Apple ///. Here are a couple of images to tease you:
But even more impressive is this spread showing the available peripherals:
The biggest gap between that computing era and our present time I think is best represented by another spread with a series of internal expansion cards which customers could purchase to achieve the most varied tasks. Two examples (the text is taken from the brochure):
- The Integer BASIC Firmware Card provides Apple II Plus users access to a variety of programs written in Integer BASIC. It contains hardware and software controls that allow it to electrically replace the existing Applesoft BASIC firmware in Apple II Plus computers.
- The Apple II Hobby/Prototyping Card and the Apple /// OEM Prototyping Card are modular-printed circuit cards on which you can build custom interfaces for the Apple II and the Apple ///. They accommodate most integrated circuits and components and have built-in facilities for attaching a variety of edge connectors and switches to your circuits.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, that big rectangular box under the monitor is a ProFile external hard drive, and had a whopping 5 MB (megabytes) of storage space… As I said, you should download this just to have an idea of Apple’s cutting-edge technology almost thirty years ago.