- Motorola introduces 68040 processor.
- IBM introduces the PS/1.
- Commodore introduces the Amiga 3000 ($3300).
- ARPANET, the first data network, is shut down.
Call-A.P.P.L.E. ceases publication.
Apple II High Speed SCSI card introduced.
Macintosh IIfx introduced.
Mac System 6.0.5 released, with further improvements and support for the new Mac IIfx.
Vitesse releases the Quickie hand scanner for the Apple IIe and IIGS.
Microsoft Windows 3.0 released.
Second A2-Central Summer Conference (KansasFest).
ProDOS 8 v1.9
Apple buys back Claris Corporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
GS+ begins publication.
Macintosh Classic, Macintosh LC, and Macintosh IIsi introduced. The Mac Classic replaces the Mac Plus and Mac SE.
The Apple IIGS Buyer’s Guide ceases publication.
Apple IIGS System Software v5.0.3. It fixes some bugs and speeds up the ImageWriter driver. However, there were problems with this driver under low memory situations, so it was not widely distributed.
Apple IIc Plus and ImageWriter LQ discontinued.
Zip Technologies releases the Zip GS cards to accelerate the Apple IIGS.
1990 Apple II Achievement Awards held at AppleFest in Long Beach, California.
Apple introduces HyperCard IIGS.
Apple IIGS System Software v5.0.4 released.
America Online adds a client for MS-DOS users, in addition to its existing Apple II and Macintosh customers.
Apple IIe card (for Macintosh LC) released ($199).
Westcode introduces InWords, which allows text digitized with the Quickie hand-scanner to be turned into text files.
Apple StyleWriter ($599) and Apple Personal LaserWriter LS ($1299) released. At the time of the announcement, neither can work on the Apple II or IIGS.
Mac System 7.0 released, the first major rewrite of the Mac operating system. It intoduced features such as the ability to use an “alias”, as well as TrueType fonts, file sharing, and QuickTime video software.
AppleCD SC Plus, faster than the original CD-ROM drive, released ($799).
Third A2-Central Summer Conference (KansasFest).
Apple IIGS System Software v6.0 announced.
(Hardcore) Computist ceases publication.
The first availability, by FTP, of software needed to use the Internet with CERN’s Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). This lays the foundation for the World Wide Web.
Apple’s first User Group Television live satellite broadcast. A new Apple IIGS is almost announced, but the project is killed by Apple management at the last minute.
Microsoft Windows 3.0 with multimedia released.
SuperDrive interface card for Apple II released. It can use 1.4 MB capacity 3.5 disks on an Apple IIe or IIGS, making it possible (when translation software is made available) to read and write even MS-DOS disks.
Beagle Bros ships BeagleWorks, its Macintosh integrated software package.
Apple IIGS System Software v6.0 released. It includes a driver to allow the Apple StyleWriter printer to be used on the IIGS.
1991 Apple II Achievement Awards presented.
GEnieLamp A2 begins publication.
Econ Technologies introduces their Pegasus line of internal hard drives.
Microsoft Windows 3.1 released.
Seven Hills Software releases Express, a software-based print spooler for the Apple IIGS.
The A2 Roundtable on GEnie announces its Lost Classics project, coordinated by sysop Tim Tobin, which has the object of locating and re-releasing older Apple II software that has disappeared from the marketplace.
JEM Software announces Ultra 4.0, an upgrade to the UltraMacros language for AppleWorks 3.0.
Scholastic Microzine ceases publication.
MODZap 0.6 and soniqTracker 0.3 MOD music players released for IIGS, starting a friendly rivalry between the two programmers, each trying to top each other.
Fourth A2Central Summer Conference (KansasFest); it celebrated the 15th anniversary of the release of the Apple II.
Apple IIGS System Software v6.0.1 announced.
Nibble ceases publication.
Paul Lutus agrees to allow Apple Writer v2.1 and GraFORTH to be released as freeware.
Earliest mention in the GEnie A2 Roundtables of work being done on an Apple IIe emulator designed to run on 386 or 486 PCs.
Mac System 7.1 released, intoducing a separate Fonts folder, and computer-specific system “enablers”. (Note: The Apple IIGS System Software had a Fonts folder since GS/OS was introduced in 1988).
Beagle Bros ends business, as sales of their Mac integraged software package, BeagleWorks, are insufficient to keep the company afloat. WordPerfect Corp. purchases BeagleWorks, planning to rename it WordPerfect Works. They also hire former Beagle Bros president Mark Simonsen and programmer Mark Munz to work for them.
Apple IIGS discontinued.
America Online adds a client for Windows users.
GEnieLamp A2Pro begins publication.
Randy Brant begins working on TheWorks 4.0, code-named “Quadriga”, designed to be an add-on patcher program for AppleWorks 3.0 for Quality Computers. (This later becomes AppleWorks 4.)
II Alive begins publication.
Digisoft Innovations releases Twilight II, an updated and enhanced version of their original shareware GS/OS screen blanker.
Econ Technologies begins shipping the SoundMeister, a new IIGS stereo and sound digitizer card.
inCider/A+ ceases publication.
A2-Central discontinues its paper edition, switching to a disk-only newsletter.
System 6.0.1 released for the IIGS, and System 4.0.2 released for 8-bit Apple II’s.
John Sculley steps down as CEO of Apple, later leaving the company altogether.
Randy Brandt announces the Quadriga project to patch AppleWorks into an enhanced version.
Apple Assembly Line now available in a digital form, exclusively on GEnie.
Westcode begins shipment of HardPressed, their disk compression software.
Fifth A2-Central Summer Conference (KansasFest).
inCider/A+ ceases publication.
Shareware Solutions II begins publication.
Quality Computers announces that it has obtained the rights to publish updates to AppleWorks and AppleWorks GS from Claris.
Apple releases the first version of its Newton personal digital assistant (PDA).
Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 released.
Mac System 7 Pro (7.1.1) released, introducing features that previously had to be separately installed (QuickTime, PowerTalk, and AppleScript).
Apple IIe discontinued. The only Apple II still being manufactured is the IIe card for the Macintosh LC series.
DiskQuest software introduced by Sequential Systems, making several commercial CD-ROM products readable by Apple II computers.
AppleWorks 4 released by Quality Computers.
Bob Consorti releases BOS (“Bob’s Operating System”) as a replacement and enhancement for SOS (“Sophisticated Operating System”) on the Apple III.
Apple changes the status of HyperCard IIGS to be the same as System Software, in that it is available from qualified sources for the cost of a download or the cost of the disk media.
Mac System 7.1.2 released, the first version of the Mac operating system to support the new PowerPC-based Macintosh computers.
Applied Engineering, a popular source of hardware add-ons for the Apple II series, goes out of business.
The Bluedisk controller made by ///SHH Systeme is available. It allows reading and writing from MS-DOS disk drives, and was offered in a bundle with MS-DOS Utilities by Peter Watson.
Sequential Systems ships the long-awaited Second Sight card, which allows a IIGS to display video on a standard VGA monitor.
Commodore International, Ltd, the maker of the PET, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, and Amiga computers, announces that it is voluntarily going out of business and into liquidation.
The Apple II SuperDrive interface card and the SuperDrive are discontinued.
HyperCard IIGS is made available through user groups for free (disks only; the manuals sell out quickly).
Sixth A2-Central Summer Converence (now named ICONference, and open to platforms other than the Apple II).
AppleWorks 5, code-named “Narnia”, is announced by Randy Brandt.
Quality Computers announces it has to cancel plans to update AppleWorks GS, due to multiple problems with the source code and the significant cost required to fix it.
Jim Nitchals releases an early version of STM (Stop The Madness), an Apple II Plus emulator for any Mac running System 7.
Gary Kildall, author of the CP/M operating system for 8080-based personal computers dies at the age of 52.
First beta version of Michael O’Brien’s AppleWin Apple IIe emulator for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
Compute! ceases publication.
America Online discontinues its Apple II service, effectively locking these users out (since it required proprietary software to access the service).
AppleWorks 5 released by Quality Computers
Vitesse announces they expected to ship Wolfenstein 3D for the IIGS by late in the month, selling it for $39.95. However, it does not actually appear for over three years.
The Apple Blossom begins publication.
Mac System 7.5 released. It was the first operating system installable from either floppy disks or a CD-ROM, and included Apple Guide (a help system), and at startup displayed a progress bar and the “Welcome to Macintosh” logo.
A2-Central ceases publication. ICON (Resource Central) closes its doors, ceasing publication of its several disk magazines, due to financial constraints.
On March 13, Apple releases their new price list. This list is notorious for its lack of any remaining Apple II products.
Mac System 7.5 Update 1.0 (7.5.1) released, featuring the “Mac OS Logo” at startup.
Apple IIe Card for the Macintosh LC is discontinued.
KansasFest 1995 is held, having been organized and run by a committee determined to see that the event continues.
Quality Computers sold to Scantron Corporation, becoming Scantron Quality Computers.
Softdisk ceases publication.
GS+ ceases publication.
Microsoft Windows 95 released.
Mark Munz and Randy Brandt release Deja ][, a focused AppleWorks 5.1 emulator for Macintosh.
AppleWorks Forum ceases publication.
Parkhurst Micro Products releases PMPFax for the IIGS.
Convert 3200 is released by Brutal Deluxe, and distributed in the U.S. by Joe Kohn of Shareware Solutions II.