The Apple II series of personal computers and related software and hardware. Use [apple-iigs] for the Apple IIgs in particular, or [apple] for Apple hardware in general.
The Apple II is an 8-bit home computer series designed by Apple's Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. The series was introduced in 1977 and produced until 1993. It was Apple's first mass-market product, and extremely successful, with sales growing exponentially for the first 5 years. When first introduced, its color support was noteworthy for such an inexpensive (at the time) computer.
Software available for the Apple II includes games, BASIC and other interpreters, and a variety of business and practical programs, including VisiCalc, which introduced the idea of the "spreadsheet" to the microcomputing world.
Peripherals include displays, tape and disk storage, modems, and a large variety of expansion cards, some of which contain additional processors to allow the Apple II to run software designed for architectures other than its own 6502.
Please avoid spelling the name as ‘apple ][’. Such spellings are harder to search for, as search engines tend to ignore punctuation marks and use them for other purposes.
This tag should be used only for questions about the Apple II, the Apple II+ (and Europlus and J-Plus), the Apple IIe, the Apple IIc, and the Apple IIc Plus, and software and peripherals for these machines. For questions about the Apple IIgs, use the apple-iigs tag.