Computer Chronicles Flashback

Apple IIgs screenI was amazed to watch this old episode of Computer Chronicles which chronicles the swansong of the Apple II series of computers. What the people involved in this episode do not seem to realize is that eight bit computers were dying. Less than four years later, Apple would finally discontinue the Apple IIgs and abandon eight bit computers entirely. Remember: the Apple II gs was a 2.8 Mhz 65C816 processor, charitably described as a 16 bit processor. In the 12 years since then, we’ve now arrived at computers which have gigahertz clockrates, half a gigabyte of main memory and 100s of gigabytes of storage. Moore’s law is really amazing.