Apple Monitor IIc

The Apple Monitor IIc was part of the line of quality Apple computer products. At the time its lightweight, compact design added many convenient new features. This miniature 9″ screen was introduced for the Apple IIc computer to help complement its compact size.

The Apple Monitor IIc

The monitor had an on-off button and the contrast control, located for easy access on either side of the cabinet. Three other controls were located on the back of the monitor, because they were seldom used (vertical hold control, vertical size control, brightness control). These buttons were labelled with international symbols.

In fact, the history of Apple LCDs started when the Apple Flat Panel Display was introduced for this computer, principally to enhance the IIc’s portability.

Specifications

The Apple monitor IIc was introduced in 1984.

Type: Monochrome CRT.

Display: CRT 9” monochrome (green phosphor). The display was conceived to reduce glare.

Text resolution: High-contrast, non-glare screen, with high resolution 80 or 40-characters, any type of graphics, double hi-res graphics included.

Fixed Resolution: NTSC.

Color: Bright, creamy off-white.

Price

Initial price: $600.

Miscellanea

  • This monitor was also the first to use the brand new design style for Apple’s products called Snow White.
  • This monochrome display was capable of 80 columns by 24 lines, but had an odd aspect ratio (making images look vertically squished) and required a very strong external light source, such as a desk lamp or direct sunlight to be used.
  • Apple IIc monitor was the first Apple monitor not released in a beige color.
  • An estimated 10,000 IIc LCD monitors were produced. This monitor had a very poor contrast overall and was quite expensive, contributing to its poor sales. Consequently Apple dropped it from the market not long after its introduction.

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