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AppleColor Composite Monitor & Platinum Apple IIe — International Varieties


AppleColor Composite Monitor specifications


Feedback card with Apple Computer Australia warranty insert



AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe


A2M6021X 240V 'International NTSC-50' model for the southern hemisphere


      Genuine Apple II composite video cable 590-0539-A   AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe original box (Australian model)

Unlike its 120V North American counterpart, this 240V model has a detached power cord


"ColorMonitor IIe / IIc" - as they were originally called when launched in late 1985

      Review of ColorMonitor IIe from The Apple II Review (Spring 1986) 


"Technically, the ColorMonitor IIe is an RGB monitor on the inside... A standard composite video jack "looks" at the computer's video signal.  If the color burst frequency is present, the signal is split from composite video into its components (red, green, blue and sync signals)."  — The Apple II Review (Spring 1986)




Apple ColorMonitor IIe & IIc original boxes


NB: ColorMonitor IIe is beige, whereas AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe is platinum - colour-matched for original Apple IIe and platinum IIe, respectively.  I was unclear whether the IIc model was ever released in the PAL countries.  Both the original 128K PAL Apple IIc i.e. model #A2S4000* (*=Z, F, B, D, T, N etc) and the later model //c for those markets (e.g. A2S4100X - "memory expansion" model a.k.a. "enhanced IIc") were inherently capable of colour, outputting an 'International NTSC-50' type of signal compatible with 220-240V models of the AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (e.g. A2M6021X) - see screenshots HERE & discussion HERE).  Apple-Bug (February 1988) - the newsletter of Apple-Q Brisbane - published a pricelist for AppleCare in Australia.  Extended warranty coverage for "Colour Mon.IIc", "Flat Panel Display.IIc" and even "Apple III" could be purchased from Apple Computer Australia - intriguing no?  An official Australian Apple Product List (1988-89) does show "IIc Colour" monitor.  So without a doubt, the 240V IIc colour monitor is for real!


This 1987 retail price list for Australia gives A$795 as the cost of an Apple //c Colour Monitor (A$80 for matching monitor stand)

Dust covers for "//c Colour System" were even available from Apple Users' Group Sydney (ad on right)


Apple II systems price list 1987 (Apple Computer Australia)  


Apple II Monitor Stand (A2M4029) original box


eBay photo of an original box for Apple II Monitor Stand (A2M4029) - introduced early 1987

Coloured platinum, this stand suits ColorMonitor IIc, AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIc) and RGB or mono IIGS monitors.  Monitor sits flat with the feet detached.  With feet slotted in place, the monitor is tilted up (allowing room for a //c to fit below).  An earlier stand (A2M4027) is angled by design (lacks detachable feet) and suits the same monitors, but is coloured snow white to match the original IIc.  The tilt-and-swivel Apple Universal Monitor Stand (M0403) was introduced 1987 for Macintosh II monitors yet is also officially compatible with the aforementioned IIc and IIGS monitors.


     AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIc) with Apple II Monitor Stand


The 120V version monitors sold in North America support colour with regular NTSC-60 only (other video modes i.e. PAL & NTSC-50 will come up in monochrome).  'International NTSC-50' was a hybrid standard introduced with the original 128K Apple IIc (April 1984) and subsequently extended to the 'memory expansion' Apple IIc (September 1986) and platinum Apple IIe (January 1987) - as sold in PAL markets.  Any 220-240V model of the AppleColor Composite Monitor IIc or IIe ought to be compatible.  The specification defines a 3.562456 MHz colour burst and vertical and horizontal scanning frequencies of 50 Hz & 15.659 kHz.  A hardware modification to convert International NTSC Apple IIe to regular NTSC is described HERE.  The original pre-platinum Apple IIe sold in PAL markets from 1983-86 has a regular PAL colour output (compatible with many TVs & any PAL monitor).  When a CRT monitor designed for the northern hemisphere is operated in the southern hemisphere (or vice versa), certain colours may appear faded or patchy in some parts of the screen - a consequence of the CRT picture tube having been factory calibrated for the magnetic field of the opposing hemisphere.


Apple //e — NTSC /  PAL /  International NTSC flavours

American Apple IIe NTSC motherboard Rev. B (1983)          


  AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe A2M6021X 240V 'International NTSC' model for southern hemisphere   Platinum Apple IIe 'International NTSC' A2S2128X model (Australia & N.Z.)      Platinum Apple IIe 'International NTSC' A2S2128X model info

Screenshots from AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021X 240V NTSC-50 model) on my platinum 'International NTSC' Apple IIe (A2S2128X Australian model)


Alien Arcade — Skyfox — Airheart — Prince of Persia — Summer Games II — Gumball — Transylvania — Mario Bros — Lode Runner — Karateka — Apple IIe self-diagnostic

      Airheart screenshot AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe A2M6021X 'International NTSC' 



Gumball in colour and monochrome white

(monitor's front control panel has a mono toggle button)


The A2M6021X supports colour with 'International NTSC-50' only (other video modes i.e. PAL & NTSC-60 will come up in monochrome)


To see colour on this display you'll need either a 220-240V Platinum Apple IIe 'International NTSC'  or  any 220-240V Apple //c (e.g. A2S4000B, A2S4100X)  or  220-240V PAL Apple //e with Extended 80-Column Colour Card (A661-91097)




Apple //c 'Memory Expansion' model (A2S4100X)


with preinstalled 256K Apple IIc Memory Expansion Card (for total 384K RAM)


A2S4100X with traditional 240V PAL //c green monitor (A2M4090X)


A2S4100X model identifier (also showing A2S4100C & A2S4100E models)


Apple //c original ROM model (A2S4000B)


COLOUR with direct attachment to 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021X)

220-240V Apple IIc does 'NTSC/50' colour on 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor


Apple //c PAL Modulator/Adapter (A2M4023)

& Apple IIGS composite video (regular NTSC/60)


MONOCHROME ONLY on 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021X)

Apple IIc PAL Modulator & Apple IIGS - mono only on 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe


 Apple IIGS to 120V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021) works in colour as expected - see my screenshot HERE

Check out my video with more screenshots from 120V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021 NTSC-60 model) HERE


   Apple Monochrome Monitor A2M6016X original box (AU model)

12" Apple Monochrome Monitor (composite) for Apple IIGS or IIc (white phosphor)

A2M6016X (240V southern hemisphere) & A2M6016Z (220V northern hemisphere) models


 Download high-resolution photos Apple Monochrome Monitor A2M6016X original box [18 MB]


Apple Monitor II - 230V model A2M2010P   Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe - 240V model A2M6017X

12" Apple Monitor II  &  Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe (green phosphor)

A2M2010P (230V beige) & A2M6017X (240V platinum) models for Australia


Apple Computer Australia & AUSOM at PC86 Melbourne  

Apple Computer Australia crowd pleaser @ PC86 Show (June 1986 Melbourne)

 Download PC86 Show Catalogue - complete scan [52 MB]


 Guess what 


1986 Apple IIe brochure  (USA)

Showcasing AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe,  Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe  & more...


  High-resolution scan of Guess What Apple IIe brochure [15 MB] 




Le Chat Mauve RGB SCART/PERITEL adapter A2M4020F for Apple //c

In France, RGB solutions were especially favoured — every Apple //c came standard with the "Le Chat Mauve" RGB Scart/pιritel adapter (A2M4020F)

 This adapter also provides a composite SECAM signal for displays with only "half Scart" input.

"Le Chat Mauve" also made an RGB TTL adapter (DIN plug) for //c and the Eve and Fιline cards (RGB 80-column 64K) for Apple //e.



French ads Apple IIc colour system - GOLDEN magazine (1986-87)

GOLDEN magazine ads showing Apple //c 384K system (A2S4110F / A2S4100F see FinApple's blog) — as bundled with Philips RGB colour monitor and Extasie software by Le Chat Mauve

& the original 128K Apple //c (A2S4000F) with Arlequin - another Chat Mauve creation

  See HERE for info & photos of French Apple //e with Philips RGB colour monitor & Le Chat Mauve "Eve" card



 Table comparing known variants of the Platinum Apple IIe 

    "Apple //e 128K" Platinum Apple IIe Platinum Apple IIe Platinum Apple IIe Platinum Apple //e "Hybrid"  
  Market USA USA Canada


New Zealand

  Model Number A2S2064 A2S2128 A2S2128C A2S2128X


[* = D (Germany), F (France), S (Sweden), P (Britain), T (Italy)]

  Date of Introduction October 1986 January 1987 January 1987 January 1987 ca. January 1987  
  Factory of Origin Singapore



Singapore Singapore Ireland  
  Voltage 120V 120V 120V 220/240V 220/240V  

Motherboard Type


Platinum motherboards are Rev. C or higher, as denoted by part number suffix

(this list is incomplete!)

Platinum Apple IIe

Platinum Apple IIe





Platinum Apple IIe



Platinum Apple IIe

International NTSC




Platinum Apple IIe

International NTSC


B607-0288-D (Britain)

S607-0288-D (Sweden)


607-0288-C & 607-0288-E have also been observed

  Video System NTSC NTSC NTSC International NTSC International NTSC  

Standard Memory

(64K motherboard plus preinstalled miniature 64K extended 80-column card)

128K 128K 128K 128K 128K  
  Case Type Original Apple IIe style New platinum style New platinum style New platinum style Original Apple IIe style but new platinum colour scheme which also extends to the name badge  
  Keyboard Original Apple IIe layout (no numeric keypad)   New platinum layout with numeric keypad   New platinum layout with numeric keypad.  Dual character set French-Canadian & USA English with toggle switch under keyboard.   New platinum layout with numeric keypad.  Dual character set UK & USA English with toggle switch under keyboard.   Original Apple IIe layout (no numeric keypad) in new platinum colour.  Dual character sets with toggle switch under keyboard.  "65C02" label on keyboard power light.  
  Additional Notes Original box is labelled "Apple IIe 128K" - photo album available HERE


"E64009Y A2S2064" is the model code of the depicted specimen - i.e. manufactured 40th week of 1986 in Singapore


For the PAL countries, the platinum "International NTSC" motherboard may also have shipped briefly in the traditional Apple IIe case ca. late 1986


"Apple introduces an updated IIe" from Apple-Bug (April 1987) - reprint from Open-Apple (January 1987)


Platinum Apple IIe A2S2128 & original boxes


Platinum Apple IIe & AppleColor Composite Monitor original boxes


Serial numbers of two units appear in the photos:-

E-9-43... E=Singapore, 9=1989, 43=43rd week


WI-3-34... WI=Malaysia(?), 3=1993, 34=34th week


Apple IIe production could have shifted to Malaysia towards the very end (IIe was discontinued November 1993).  I can't confirm the "WI" factory code, but some ca. 1992-93 units were "Packaged in Malaysia" - see HERE.  And Malaysia definitely produced some pre-platinum IIe motherboards - see HERE.


Keyboard PCBs were made in Taiwan for at least some platinum IIe's - see photos HERE


Platinum Apple IIe A2S2128C Canadian model

More photos available HERE


Despite having a UK keyboard (£ keycap), I can't find proof that this model was actually sold in the UK - it might be specific to Australia/N.Z.



Apple Computer Australia October 1990 Product Range & Price List is HERE

(PAL video card is available option for the Platinum Apple IIe)


The pre-platinum PAL Apple IIe for Australia (ca. 1983-86) was sourced from both Ireland (A2S2064P - UK model) & Singapore (A2S2064X - AU model) - all had dual character support for UK & USA English


a.k.a. NTSC/50 — 3.562456 MHz colour burst & 50 Hz vertical scanning frequency - also the native video output of any 220/240V Apple //c.  Regular NTSC or PAL displays generally interpret this signal in monochrome only.  The 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIe or IIc matching models) will give colour - see HERE & HERE.


These units were assembled in Ireland, but at least some of the motherboards were made in Singapore, and some keyboard PCBs were by Mitsumi.


Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe - 240V model A2M6017Z

Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe

A2M6017Z model for Europe

(240V platinum)


European Platinum Apple IIe original boxes (May 1988 Apple User UK)


Further info & photos of the European Platinum Apple IIe are available here:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4


Apple IIe still being made in Ireland (Jan 1988 Apple User UK)



  Others ??  I can't confirm whether the Platinum Apple IIe was released in Latin America - a model code "A2S2128E" would be most likely but this is conjecture only.  A beige Apple //e with Western Spanish keyboard does exist (model A2S2064E - 115V NTSC).  This model appears related to the Canadian beige Apple //e (model A2S2064C) - affixed to their undersides is a common model ID sticker for units assembled in Ireland.  The Apple //e was also locally manufactured by Apple de Mexico in Nanicalpan.

 Download above table as PDF




Platinum Apple //e (Hybrid)

A2S2080P model for the United Kingdom


AppleColor Monitor 100 — Apple's official RGB solution for Apple IIe & III

Monitor on American NTSC Apple //e with Extended 80-Column Text/AppleColor Card in auxiliary slot


NB: third-party adapters allow the monitor to be used on Apple II/II Plus/IIc and it can be made IIGS compatible by setting an internal switch

For AppleColor Monitor 100 pricing & options please see my scan   Apple //e and //c Products Confidential Dealer Price List (USA) - November 1984 

 And also   RGB Monitors: Best of the Brightest - inCider (October 1985) 

(reviews of AppleColor Monitor 100, Princeton Graphic HX-9 & HX-12, Zenith ZVM-135, Amdek Color 500, Thomson CV36432SI, Sakata SC-200)


Steve Wozniak with AppleColor Monitor 100 & Apple IIe

The AppleColor Monitor 100 (12" RGB monitor) was officially introduced on July 9, 1984 in the United States — see  Apple press release 


The AppleColor Monitor 100 was not released in Australia.  In a February 1985 interview, Rudi Hoess states that "In Australia, Apple doesn't sell a colour monitor, which means that virtually all the Apples being sold have only a monochrome green screen."  His company Electronic Concepts was the exclusive distributor of Apple in Australia from 1977 thru mid-1983.  So down under, your options for Apple II colour were third-party PAL monitor/TV or RGB setups (e.g. Kaga/Taxan with Digicard //e RGB card watch video demonstration HERE).  The new Apple-brand colour composite monitors, launched late 1985 in the USA, were certainly available in Australia by 1986.

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Apple IIe Extended 80-Column Colour Card (assembled in Australia)

Apple Computer part number A661-91097


Mr GC kindly permitted me to photograph this Apple IIe (pre-platinum PAL model) with an Australian made extended 80-column video card.  I don't think I've ever seen one of these before!  Rather unusually, it plugs into both the auxiliary slot and slot 3 (which line up directly in the PAL IIe).  The slot 3 connector is a mostly blank wafer with just a single "finger" making electrical contact inside the slot.  The card has an RCA composite output which yields a better picture on the 240V ColorMonitor IIe or AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe than the standard video output jack of the motherboard.

Extended 80-Column Colour Card A661-91097 - NTSC/50 for PAL Apple //e

[I found better photos HERE, HERE & HERE and an intriguing discussion HERE.  Note that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the PAL Apple IIe's standard composite video output - e.g. see my Jumpman screenshot (PAL IIe direct to PAL Commodore 1084S monitor). The issue lies with the 240V ColorMonitor IIe itself.  According to AUSOM News (March 1987), the colours appear swapped around i.e. blue is red, green is blue, red is green.  It seems this monitor only displays correct colour when fed a compliant NTSC/50 signal, which is supplied by this special video card on the PAL IIe.  Whether the equivalent ColorMonitor IIe in Europe needs the same workaround I cannot say.  Those units won't be the same as those sold in Australia - besides voltage (likely 220V), and a northern hemisphere-tuned CRT picture tube, the logic board could also differ.]


Illustrative pictorial sourced from eBay...

ColorMonitor IIe on 240V PAL Apple //e with "extended 80-column colour card"


NB: According to the discussion HERE the 240V "AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe" (A2M6021X platinum model) only supports colour with "International NTSC-50" and not PAL (having now obtained an A2M6021X of my own I can personally confirm this finding) This situation probably also pertains to the earlier 240V beige "ColorMonitor IIe" made between 1985-86 (seen above) - the "better" match (cosmetically) for the original beige PAL //e in Australia/New Zealand (when fitted with A661-91097 video card!).



Apple ColorMonitor Installation Manual (80 pages)

English / French / German / Italian / Spanish

(1985 Apple Computer)

 Download PDF (27MB high quality scan)


This manual only describes NTSC/50 and NTSC/60 versions of the Apple ColorMonitor (no mention of PAL at all).  If this official info is correct, then the A661-91097 video card must generate an NTSC/50 colour signal.  I couldn't say for sure since I don't own this card nor the 240V ColorMonitor IIe.  But is the motherboard RCA jack of the beige PAL Apple //e also capable of a quasi NTSC/50?  e.g. with the colour toggle switch of the motherboard set to mono (?).  Let me refer you to the discussion HERE



Now, if we assume the only difference between the 240V models of the ColorMonitor IIe and AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe is cosmetic (beige vs platinum), and both support colour with NTSC/50 only (not PAL), then here is the lowdown synopsis of how they behave with various Apple II configurations:-


 Table summarizing colour behaviour of international Apple II models on various monitors 

  PAL Apple IIe (220/240V beige)

Motherboard colour switch ON

Inbuilt RCA jack

PAL Apple IIe (220/240V beige)

Motherboard colour switch OFF

Inbuilt RCA jack

PAL Apple IIe (220/240V beige)

RCA jack of Extended 80-Column Colour Card (A661-91097 — assembled in Australia)

International NTSC Platinum Apple IIe (220/240V)

Inbuilt RCA jack

Apple IIc (any 220/240V model)

Inbuilt RCA jack

Apple IIc (any 220/240V model)

RCA jack of PAL Modulator/Adapter (A2M4023)


Apple IIGS (any model)

Inbuilt RCA jack



Regular NTSC-only colour composite monitor or TV MONOCHROME

MONOCHROME (or wrong colour?)

MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME CORRECT COLOUR
Regular PAL/NTSC (dual standard) colour composite monitor or TV CORRECT COLOUR MONOCHROME (or wrong colour?) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) CORRECT COLOUR CORRECT COLOUR



Comparison of all variants of the original beige Apple //e (USA & international)



Apple IIe Supplement to the Owner's Manual (1982)



Complete scan now available HERE [14MB PDF]


Apple IIc & IIe — Canadian flavours


A2S4000C (120V) & A2S2064C (120V) models


Canadian Apple IIc (A2S4000C) & Enhanced Apple IIe (A2S2064C)


 Enhanced Apple //e with Western Spanish keyboard (rarity!) 


 A2S2064E model (115V NTSC) - circa 1985 

Rare Apple IIe with Western Spanish keyboard (A2S2064E 115V NTSC)