Apple II Plus (Bell and Howell)


At A Glance

Apple II Plus

With only 5,000 to 10,000 made, the Bell & Howell Apple II (also known as the Darth Vader Apple II) was made exclusively for the educational market. It was one of only a handful of black computers that Apple ever produced.

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Original Specifications


  • Logic Board:
    • Microprocessor: 6502
    • PMMU:   none
    • FPU:   none
    • Bus Speed:   1 MHz
    • Data Path:   8-bit
    • ROM Size:   16K
    • Level 1 Cache:   none
    • Level 2 Cache:   none
    • Battery:   none
    • Expansion Slots:   8 Apple II Proprietary Slots
    • Recommended Slots:
    • ▪ Slot 0: Language Card
    • ▪ Slot 1: Printer
    • ▪ Slot 2: Modem
    • ▪ Slot 3: 80-Column Card
    • ▪ Slot 4: Other device
    • ▪ Slot 5: Drive 2 or other device
    • ▪ Slot 6: Drive 1
    • ▪ Slot 7: Co-processor
  • Memory:
    • Min – Max RAM:   16K – 64K
    • Minimum RAM Speed:   200 ns
    • Onboard RAM:   16k – 48K
    • Note: 64K of RAM is achieved with a language card in slot 0.
  • Ports:
    • I/O Ports: Video out (composite), 8 expansion slots, Tape recorder, Paddles, Mono speaker
  • Video:
    • Display Resolution:
    • ▪ 40 x 48 (16 colors), 280 x 192 (6 colors)
    • ▪ 40 columns by 24 rows
    • ▪ Composite monitor or RF Modulator to TV supported.
  • Operating System:
    • Compatible OS:   DOS 3.2, DOS 3.3, ProDOS, CP/M (with Z-80 card), Pascal
    • Languages in ROM:   Applesoft BASIC
    • Addressing Modes:   8-bit
  • Dimensions:
    • Height: 4.25 in
    • Width: 15.25 in
    • Depth: 17.75 in
    • Weight: 11.5lbs



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