Basis 108 (clone of the Apple II Plus) released.
Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 Model 16, with both 68000 and Z-80 processors, 128K RAM, and 8-inch disk drive ($4999).
Steve Jobs appears on cover of Time.
Apple announces it will take legal action against Asian makers of Apple II clones.
Epson’s MX-80 and MX-100 printers are becoming popular as inexpensive dot-matrix printers.
Franklin Computer Corporation releases the Franklin Ace 1000, a copy of the Apple II Plus, with 64K of RAM built-in.
Apple sues Franklin Computer Corporation for patent and copyright infringement in the creation of its Franklin Ace line of computers. The ruling that came from this trial is initially found in favor of Franklin.
Apple Computer makes the “Fortune Double 500” list at number 598.
Applefest ’82 is held again in Boston.
Business Solutions introduces The Incredible Jack, the first integrated software program for the Apple II. It did word processing, personal filing, mailing labels, and had spreadsheet (“Calc”) functions. It ran under DOS 3.3 and worked on the II Plus.
Franklin Ace 100, an Apple II clone, introduced.
Commodore 64 released, with a 6510 processor, 64K RAM, 20K ROM with Microsoft BASIC, color and custom sound chips, and serial interface, for $595.
Apple stops announcing publicly how many systems it sells per year.
Apple Dot Matrix Printer ($699), and Apple Letter Quality Printer ($2195) released.
Applefest/San Francisco ’82.
Bank Street Writer released by Broderbund Software.
Franklin releases the Ace 1000 Plus, Ace 1100, and ACE 1200 computers.
Apple throws a “Billion Dollar Party” for its employees to celebrate the milestone of being the first personal computer company to reach a $1 billion annual sales rate.
Millionth Disk II produced.
Franklin Computer demonstrates the Franklin Ace 1200 at the CP/M ’83 show. It includes a built-in Z80A processor, CP/M card, 128K RAM, an 80-column text card, and a Disk II-compatible drive, all for $2200. 
On January 1st, every site connected to ARPANET had to have completed conversion to the use of TCP/IP for interconnection.
The January issue of Time magazine names the computer as its “Man Of The Year” for 1982.
Compaq Portable released, one of the first IBM PC compatible computers sold.
Lotus 1-2-3 released on January 26.
Apple UniFile and DuoFile disk drives for the Apple III announced. Also called the Apple 871 drive, it used disks with a capacity of 1702 SOS blocks (which were the same size as ProDOS blocks). They were to sell at $1000 for the UniFile, and $1700 for the DuoFile. The drives were advertised as being ideal for backing up the ProFile 5 MB hard drive for the Apple III. Undoubtedly they didn’t move to the Apple II during the post-Apple III era because the smaller 3.5 inch drives were coming for the Mac, and had the potential of holding 800K of data (almost as much as these) and would cost less.
Scholastic Microzine begins publication.
IBM PC-XT introduced.
Radio Shack Model 100 released. Considered by some to be the first laptop computer, it was developed in Japan and marketed in different parts of the world under different names (and slightly different features). With nearly a full-sized keyboard and a 8 line by 40 column LCD display, it could run for several hours on four AA batteries, and featured a word processor (written by Bill Gates), telecommunications program, address book, telephone dialer, and Microsoft BASIC, all in ROM.
General Videotext Corporation first uses the Delphi name for its online service.
Apple makes the “Fortune 500” list at position 411.
“Kids Can’t Wait” program begins, in which Apple donates 9000 computers to California public schools.
Millionth Apple II produced.
The Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals reverses the ruling by a lower court in the copyright and patent infringement case brought by Apple against Franklin Computer. The preliminary judgement against Franklin prohibited them from selling computers using the Apple II ROMs and other software code that they had copied and modified, until the case could come to trial. In making their defense, Franklin had freely admitted they did copy the Apple II ROM, DOS, and several other pieces of software in the creation of its clone computers, and argued that computer code was not covered by copyright law (since it did not exist in a printed form that was readable without the aid of a computer), and therefore could be legally copied. This ruling in favor of Apple set the legal basis for declaring computer software as covered by copyright law., 
Osborne Computer Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
IBM PCjr introduced, but is not available until early 1984.
Due to decreasing sales (and significant price pressure from Commodore computers), Texas Instruments discontinues its TI-99/4A home computer.
Applefest ’83 in San Francisco.
A+ begins publication.
Due to the immense popularity of the IBM PC and others like it, pioneering computer companies North Star, Vector Graphic, and Cromemco begin to suffer significant decreases in sales, resulting in layoffs.
Apple III Plus announced with a suggested retail price of $2995. It features an interlaced video mode that doubles the screen resolution, a clock/calendar function, repositioned cursor-control keys and a “delete” key, and operating system revisions.
Peelings II ceases publication.
Rana Systems released the Rana 8086/2, a system that allowed the Apple II to run IBM-compatible programs. It included a co-processor using the 8086 microprocessor, with 256K of RAM, expandable to 512K, and double-sided disk drive, providing 360K per disk.
Commodore’s VIC-20 ceases production.
Mac System 1.1, Finder 1.1g (System Software 0.1) released, improving disk copy operations, font support, and faster startup.
Apple ImageWriter Wide Carriage version introduced ($749).
Commodore buys Amiga Corp.
Softalk ceases publication, succumbing to bankruptcy.
Softside ceases publication.
Apple passes the $1 billion mark for its fiscal year.
Apple Orchard ceases publication.
Macintosh 512K (“Fat Mac”) introduced.
UpTime disk magazine begins publication.
Discussions about 16-bit Apple II are revived.
Two millionth Apple II sold.
First Class Peripherals introduces the Sider, the first low-cost hard drive for the Apple II, offering 10 MB for $695.
AppleColor 100 Monitor introduced. It is Apple’s first RGB monitor, with a switch that changes to a monochrome display mode, and a motorized screen tilt feature.
Macintosh XL announced. (It is a refitted Lisa with an internal hard drive).
Open-Apple begins publication.
Wozniak leaves Apple to start a new company, CL9.
Wozniak and Jobs receive National Technology Medal from President Reagan.
Sculley asks employees to take a week of vacation and announces that Apple’s manufacturing plants will close for one week, to work off excess inventory.
Addison-Wesley Publishing takes over printing of Apple manuals.
Macintosh XL discontinued.
IBM PCjr discontinued.
Mac System 2.0, Finder 4.1 (System Software 0.3, 0.5) are released, offering siginficant improvements to the speed of the Finder, printer selection, and a “MiniFinder” (which was a simple program selector).
Apple’s ten-year license of Applesoft BASIC from Microsoft is up for renewal in 1987. In exchange for another ten-year license and the right to continue to sell the Apple II computer with Applesoft in ROM, Steve Jobs is forced to give the code for MacBASIC to Microsoft.
Quantum Computer Services starts Quantum Link, an online service for Commodore 64 and Commodore 128 users.
Apple lays off 1200 employees and records a loss of $40 million, at that time its first and only quarterly loss as a public company.
Apple ColorMonitor IIe and IIc introduced ($399). It displays composite color (not RGB) but can still produce readable 80-column text.
Jobs resigns as chairman of Apple to start a new company, NeXT, Inc. Several Apple employees resign from Apple to join him.
Apple sues Jobs, alleging that he breached his duties as chairman and misappropriated proprietary information.
The Apple II Review begins publication.
Microsoft Windows 1.0 released.
Creative Computing ceases publication.
Interface Age ceases publication.