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Item 6016 - Apple IIc Plus Preproduction Development Verification Unit Catalog 598 (Dec 2020)

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Early pre-production development verification model of the Apple IIc Plus personal computer, with a label on the top reading: "Warning, Dvt Unit, Not For Sale," with "49" written in black felt tip and "172" struck through. The unit lacks the hallmarks of a final production unit—the rainbow Apple emblem is missing from the upper left, the "Apple IIc Plus" text is missing from the upper right, and the labels for "keyboard," "volume," "disk use," and "power" are absent from the panel above the keyboard; it is also missing the volume slider, and no production or model numbers are cast into the bottom of the case. It is also missing the molded symbols for the ports on the back panel. These characteristics make it an especially interesting Apple IIc Plus, indicating that the unit predates the production molds for the plastic bottom and back. Includes a Mouse Systems A+ single-button optical mouse with special reflective metal mouse pad, original Apple power cord, two RCA video cables, and official Apple carrying bag with embroidered rainbow logo. In very good to fine cosmetic condition, with some scattered marks and scratches; operational condition untested.

The Apple IIc, released in April 1984, was Apple Computer’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer—it was essentially a complete Apple II squeezed into a smaller housing, and the 'c' stood for 'compact.' The Apple IIc Plus was introduced on September 16, 1988, at the AppleFest conference in San Francisco, with a faster processor, smaller footprint, and a high-capacity 3½ disk drive. Prior to the release of the Apple IIc Plus, developers were sent pre-production machines with which to develop and test software.

From the personal computer-history collection of Roger Wagner.

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