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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:39 pm    Post subject: 1980: Apple III presented in the Movie TRON Reply with quote

1980: Apple III presented in the Movie TRON



The picture above is taken from the movie TRON, where Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is using an Apple III at home to hack into the Master Control Program (MCP) of his former employer Encom Corporation. Note the acoustic modem and Silentype printer on top of the Apple III.

The little-remembered Apple III was intended to be for business use what the Apple II had become for personal use. At a price of $7800 the system came with 128K of RAM, a huge amount for 1980, and used an operating system called SOS (Sophisticated Operating System). SOS may have been its greatest drawback, as the operating system was difficult to learn, and little application software was written for it. The Apple III used a thermal printer call the Silentype, notable for its quiet operation compared to the noisy impact printers of the time.

The Mac Plus (bellow) had a minor role in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.


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