|CPU||2.8 MHz 65C816|
|Sound Chip||Ensoniq ES5503 DOC|
|Memory||256 kB or 1 MB (expandable up to 8 MB)|
The Apple IIGS (styled as IIGS) is a personal computer released by Apple Computer on September 15, 1986 which is compatible with the Apple II series, but otherwise has capabilities comparable to the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, and Macintosh. The "GS" in the name stands for "Graphics" and "Sound," referring to its enhanced multimedia hardware, especially its state of the art sound and music synthesis.
The machine is a radical departure from any previous Apple II, with its 65C816 16-bit microprocessor, direct access to megabytes of RAM, and mouse. It was the first computer produced by Apple to use a color graphical user interface (color was introduced on the Macintosh II six months later) and Apple Desktop Bus interface for keyboards, mice, and other input devices. It is the first personal computer to come with a built-in wavetable synthesis chip, utilizing technology from Ensoniq.
The IIGS set forth a promising future and evolutionary advancement of the Apple II line, but Apple increasingly focused on the Macintosh platform. The IIGS clock speed was intentionally kept lower than the maximum rate possible for the 65C816 so the system would not outperform the Macintosh. The machine outsold all other Apple products, including the Macintosh, during its first year in production. Apple ceased IIGS production in December 1992.
- Apple Formatted Floppy Disk Images or hard disk images loaded by distinct Configuration Files
An Apple IIGS Bios, and Apple II GS OS is required.
Below is a list of available emulators for this platform.