For many, a computer is just a machine, a tool to perform a job. Well, that wasn't always the case. In the early eighties, computers were much more to their owners and each platform had it's own legion of followers.
When Apple launched this computer to replace it's aging Apple II computer line it probably wasn't the most advanced personal computer on the market. Both the Amiga and the Atari ST had better microprocessors and the Amiga had incredible graphic capabilities for the time as well as an impressive multitasking OS. However, the Apple IIgs was backward compatible with the full Apple II line of computers which had tons of software titles written for it and it included an impressive 32 channel Ensoniq sound chip.
Unfortunately, despite its relative success in the US and parts of Europe, the Apple IIgs is quickly becoming a forgotten hardware platform. For those who want to know more about this great computer I suggest downloading an emulator and free software from the following sites who try to keep the memories alive.