The Apple IIGS

Apple IIGS

The 1986 Apple IIGS personal computer.

By Marielena Griego
April 29, 2020

Introducing…The Apple IIGS

Have you updated your computer? If not, the new and improved, Apple IIGS could be for you! The Apple IIGS was the final and most sophisticated computer in the Apple II series, and was made with the most advanced graphics and sound than any of the Apple computers before.1  

In 1986 the Apple IIGS was launched to the public; a majority of these people utilized it as a personal computer at home 2. And if you enjoy video games, this computer is the one for you! Many people enjoyed the computer’s wide range of colors and high-quality sounds, making it a favorite among video gamers.       

What and for Who

The Apple IIGS was sold in a kit, where the customer could assemble the computer within, and add or create different processors and add-ons to the computer3 . The IIGS was designed to have a powerful processors and hardware that allowed for cassettes, and floppy discs use, which made it easy for people to adapt to 4 . It gave consumers the ability to interact and construct their computers, as well as code them according to their task and practices. These advanced features and personalization created some of the more modern ideas surrounding personal computers.

This computer was intended for people of all ages and skills, the education system took advantage of the accessibility and learning programs, which later led the Apple IIGS to become a staple computer in the educational learning 5 . Although the Apple IIGS may have been the last in the Apple II series, but it was definitely number one in the hearts of the owners who used them every day as their own personal computer.

  1. Matt Barton, Vintage Game Consoles - An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo (New York: Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2014), 32,

  2. David Gruber, “From the Screen to Me, 1984–2008,” Media History 16, No. 3 (New York: Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2010): 341–56,

  3. Michael Moritz, Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs and the Creation of Apple (New York: Abrams Press, 2009),

  4. Barton “Vintage,” 29-34.

  5. David C. Dwyer, et al. “Teacher Beliefs and Practices Part I: Patterns of Change,” Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow Research, Report No. 8 (Cupertino, CA: Apple Computer Inc., 1989?), 1-9,