Celebrate the Apple II’s 35th Birthday with an Apple II Simulator for Mac OS X

Apr 17, 2012 - 3 Comments

Apple II Simulator

The Apple ][ is celebrating it’s 35th birthday. Originally demoed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at a computer fair on April 16 and 17, 1977, the Apple II was the machine that put Apple on the map and then went on to catapult the personal computer revolution. What better way to celebrate one of the original PC’s monumental birthdays than to use an Apple II simulator in Mac OS X?

Bundled within the XScreenSaver for Mac collection, the standalone Apple2 application is actually a completely usable VT100 Terminal emulator in the lovably awful Apple ][ style, complete with screen noise, random color flickers, a permanent caps lock, and other peculiarities unique to technologies of a bygone era. Whether you have distant memories of the ][ or never even used one, the simulator is a fun look at what computers behaved like 35 years ago.

Optionally, you can install the Apple2.saver screen saver as well. Not the most useful thing in the world, but it sure is fun.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Mac OS X, Retro

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  1. Zedd says:

    For OSX 10.6 and later.
    OS10.5 and PowerPC users can go play outside.

  2. […] it came from to see if there was an update. But when the Apple II turned 35 earlier this week, Paul Horowitz included that same screensaver in his celebratory roundup. No wonder I couldn't find […]

  3. […] users who long for 1979, it’s time to rejoice. Just like you can run an Apple II simulator in Mac OS X, you can now run that same piece of computing history right on your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. […]

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