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The Macintosh LC (meaning low-cost color) is Apple Computer's product family of low-end consumer Macintosh personal computers in the early 1990s. The original Macintosh LC was released in October 1990 and was the first affordable color-capable Macintosh. Due to its affordability and Apple II compatibility the LC was adopted primarily in the education and home markets. Together with the Mac IIsi, it introduced built-in audio input on the Mac. The "LC" name was subsequently used for a line of low-end Macintosh computers for several years and spanned the 68k to PowerPC transition.

After Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985, product development was handed to Jean-Louis Gassée, formerly manager of Apple France. Gassée consistently pushed the Apple product line in two directions, towards more "openness" in terms of expandability and interoperability, and towards higher price. Gassée long argued that Apple should not market their computers towards the low end of the market, where profits were thin, but instead concentrate on the high end and higher profit margins. He illustrated the concept using a graph showing the price/performance ratio of computers with low-power, low-cost machines in the lower left and high-power high-cost machines in the upper right. The "high-right" goal became a mantra among the upper management, who said "fifty-five or die", referring to Gassée's goal of a 55 percent profit margin.[1]

This policy led to a series of ever more expensive computers. This was in spite of strenuous objections within the company, and when a group at Claris started a low-end Mac project called "Drama", Gassée actively killed it. By 1990, with sales slumping, arguments broke out over whether or not the high-right goal should be maintained. In the end, Gassée was forced from the company and Michael Spindler was given his position, with the job of producing a low-cost series of machines. The result was the Macintosh Classic, Macintosh IIsi, and the LC. The LC family (LC, II, III, 475, Quadra 605) back face

The original LC was an attempt at an affordable, modular, color-capable Macintosh. As such, when compared with earlier Macs Apple cut some corners on performance and features in order to keep the price down. Apart from expandability, the LC's system specifications nearly duplicated those of the 3 year old Macintosh II. Nevertheless, the machine hit a sweet spot and, with the pent-up demand for a low-cost Macintosh, it was a strong seller. In 1992, the original Macintosh LC was succeeded by the LC II, which replaced the LC's Motorola 68020 processor with a 68030 and increased the soldered memory to 4MB to make it more suitable for System 7. It retained the original LC's 16-bit system bus and 10MB RAM limit however (if 4MB SIMMs was used, the extra 2MB of RAM would be inaccessible), making its performance roughly the same as the earlier model. The main benefit of the 030 processor in the LC II was the ability to use System 7's virtual memory feature. In spite of this, the new model sold even better than the LC.[citation needed] In early 1993, Apple introduced the LCIII, which used a 25 MHz version of the 68030 and had a higher memory limit of 36MB, instead of the 10MB of the LC and LC II.

The LC II spawned a whole series of LC models, most of which later were sold both with the LC name to the education world and to consumers via traditional Apple dealers, and as Performa to the consumer market via electronics stores, and department stores such as Sears. (For example, the LC 475 was also known as the Performa 475.) The last official "LC" was the Power Macintosh 5300/100 LC, which was released in August 1995 and discontinued in April 1996. The LC 580 was notable for being the last desktop 680x0-based Macintosh.

Source: Wikipedia

Macintosh LC (Original)

Apple Macintosh LC (Original)
The Apple Macintosh LC -- so named for its "Low Cost" compared to earlier color capable Macs -- features a 16 MHz 68020 processor, 2 MB or 4 MB of RAM, and either dual 1.44 MB disk drives or a single 1.44 MB disk drive and a 40 MB or an 80 MB hard drive in a compact, simple-to-upgrade "pizza box" case.

The Macintosh LC is a distant cousin of the Macintosh II in a much smaller case, and thus, lacks NuBus expansion slots. However, the LC does have a single LC PDS (Processor Direct Slot), which could be equipped with an Apple IIe emulation card as well as other options.

Please note that the picture is an LC 475 and the original LC design is similar, but has a "flatter" front with a groove and a "cut out" option for a second disk drive. EveryMac.com eventually will swap out this photo with a more precise one.

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Instances

Hostname Serial Number Status Case
colour
Order
Number
Model
Number
Model
Identification
H0000086 E1048VJM0442X -

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Detailed description

Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: October 15, 1990
Discontinued Date: March 23, 1992
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1990.
Processor Speed: 16 MHz
Processor Type: 68020
  • This model has a 32-bit processor and a 16-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party
FPU: None
System Bus Speed: 16 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 512k
L1 Cache: 0.25k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 30-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 100 ns
Standard RAM: 2 MB, 4 MB
Maximum RAM: 10 MB
Motherboard RAM: 2 MB
RAM Slots: 2
  • RAM SIMMs must be installed as an equal pair.
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC has a single dedicated slot that supports a 100 ns VRAM SIMM. The standard 256k module can be replaced with a 512k one.
Standard VRAM: 256k
Maximum VRAM: 512k
  • The standard 256k VRAM SIMM can be replaced with a 512k VRAM SIMM.
Display Support: Single Display
Resolution Support: 512x384, 640x480
  • By default, the Macintosh LC only supports a single display, but a second one can be supported with the addition of an LC PDS video card. With the default 256k of VRAM, the LC can support a single display at 512x384 with 8-bit color or 640x480 with 4-bit color. Upgraded to 512k of VRAM, the LC can support 512x384 at 16-bit color and 640x480 at 8-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 40 MB, 80 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, the Macintosh LC was offered with either a 40 MB or an 80 MB 3.5" internal SCSI hard drive. An education-only model was equipped with dual 1.44 MB disk drives and no hard drive.
Standard Optical: None
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB* (Auto)
  • An education-only configuration was equipped with dual 1.44 MB floppy disk drives instead of a single floppy drive and a hard drive.
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • By default, both the floppy disk and 3.5" hard drive bays are occupied.
Case Type: Desktop
Form Factor: Macintosh LC
Apple Order No: M0442LL/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC
  • M0442LL/A was configured with 2 MB of RAM and a 40 MB hard drive. M1218LL/A was configured with 4 MB of RAM and a 40 MB hard drive and M1201LL/A was configured with 4 MB of RAM and an 80 MB hard drive.
Apple Model No: M0350
Gestalt ID: 19
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M0350 Model Number and 19 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 6.0.7
Supported Mac OS: 6.0.7-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.5.5
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.2 x 15.3
Avg. Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (7.4 cm, 31 cm, 38.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$2500
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • As a collector's item, this model may still retain value.

    Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC II

Apple Macintosh LC II
The Apple Macintosh LC II features a 16 MHz 68030 processor, 4 MB of RAM, and typically either a 40 MB, 80 MB, or 160 MB hard drive in a compact, easy-to-upgrade "pizza box" case. However, an educational-only configuration (M1720LL/A) shipped with only an internal floppy drive.

All configurations of the Macintosh LC II are very similar to the original Macintosh LC, but use the 68030 processor and include a PMMU chip for virtual memory, but lack dual disk drive capability (as the case does not have a "slot" to allow a disk drive in the left-hand drive bay).

The consumer version of this model is the Performa 400 series.

Please note that the picture is an LC 475 and the LC II design is similar, but has a "flatter" front with a groove rather than a sleek curve. EveryMac.com eventually will swap out this photo with a more precise one.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

Instances

Hostname Serial Number Status Case
colour
Order
Number
Model
Number
Model
Identification
H0000084 SG2180QXF18 -
H0000085 SG31926CF03 -
H0000086 SG21032BF08 -
H0000330 SG3069D8F07 -

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Detailed description

Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: March 23, 1992
Discontinued Date: March 15, 1993
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1992.
Processor Speed: 16 MHz
Processor Type: 68030
  • This model has a 32-bit processor and a 16-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party
FPU: None
System Bus Speed: 16 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 512k
L1 Cache: 0.5k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 30-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 100 ns
Standard RAM: 4 MB
Maximum RAM: 10 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 2
  • RAM SIMMs must be installed as an equal pair.
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC II has a single dedicated slot that supports a 100 ns VRAM SIMM. The standard 256k module can be replaced with a 512k one.
Standard VRAM: 256k, 512k
Maximum VRAM: 512k
  • If equipped with a 256k VRAM SIMM, this module can be replaced with a higher capacity 512k VRAM SIMM.
Display Support: Single Display
Resolution Support: 512x384, 640x480
  • By default, the Macintosh LC II only supports a single display, but a second one can be supported with the addition of an LC PDS video card. With the default 256k of VRAM, the LC II can support a single display at 512x384 with 8-bit color or 640x480 with 4-bit color. Upgraded to 512k of VRAM, it can support 512x384 at 16-bit color and 640x480 at 8-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC II can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 40, 80, 160 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, most Macintosh LC II models were configured with either a 40 MB, 80 MB, or 160 MB 3.5" internal SCSI hard drive. An educational-only configuration (M1720LL/A) shipped with only an internal floppy drive.
Standard Optical: None
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Auto)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • By default, both the floppy disk and 3.5" hard drive bays are occupied.
Case Type: Desktop
Form Factor: Macintosh LC
Apple Order No: M1701LL/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC II
  • M1701LL/A was configured with 4 MB of RAM, 256k of VRAM, and a 40 MB hard drive and shipped with System 7.0.1. With the same configuration and System 6.0.8, the order number was M1723LL/A. M1707LL/A was configured with 4 MB of RAM, 512k of VRAM, and an 80 MB hard drive and M1387LL/A was configured with 4 MB of RAM, 512k of VRAM, and a 160 MB hard drive. Finally, the education-only M1720LL/A configuration shipped with 4 MB of RAM, 256k of VRAM and only a floppy drive.
Apple Model No: M1700
Gestalt ID: 19/37
  • Apple notes that the Gestalt ID on this model is 19 when running System 7.0.1 and 37 when running System 7.1 or later.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1700 Model Number and 19/37* Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 6.0.8, 7.0.1
Supported Mac OS: 6.0.8-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.2 x 15.3
Avg. Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (7.4 cm, 31 cm, 38.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1400
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • As a collector's item, this model may still retain value.

    Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC III

Apple Macintosh LC III
The Apple Macintosh LC III features a 25 MHz 68030 processor, 4 MB of RAM, and an 80 MB hard drive in a compact, easy-to-upgrade "pizza box" case.

Although the LC III looks effectively identical to the LC II before it, internally the LC III has significant improvements including a faster processor on a 32-bit bus, support for faster and more RAM and improved graphics capability. It has a different PDS slot, as well.

The consumer version of the LC III is the Performa 450.

Please note that the picture is an LC 475 and the LC III design is similar, but has a "flatter" front with a groove rather than a sleek curve. EveryMac.com eventually will swap out this photo with a more precise one.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

Instances

Hostname Serial Number Status Case
colour
Order
Number
Model
Number
Model
Identification
H0000022 LC40330JVA2 -
H0000092 LC4192BMVA2 -
H0000093 LC42442E3HU -
H0000087 LC3403RSVA2 -
? SG3260VWVA2 -
? SG306EK6VA3 -
H0000263 CK3200X0VA2 -
H0000089 ? -
H0000090 ? -
H0000091 ? -

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Detailed description

Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: February 10, 1993
Discontinued Date: February 14, 1994
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1993.
Processor Speed: 25 MHz
Processor Type: 68030
  • This model has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party
FPU: 68882 (Optional)
System Bus Speed: 25 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 0.5k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 4 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC III has 512k of onboard VRAM and a single slot that accepts a 256k 100 ns VRAM SIMM.
Standard VRAM: 512k
Maximum VRAM: 768k
  • 512k of VRAM is soldered onboard. A single VRAM slot accepts a 256k VRAM SIMM for a maximum total of 768k of VRAM.
Display Support: Single Display
Resolution Support: 512x384-832x624
  • By default, the Macintosh LC III only supports a single display, but a second one can be supported with the addition of an LC III PDS video card. With the default 512k of VRAM, the LC III can support a single display at 512x384 or 640x480 at 16-bit color and 832x624 at 8-bit color. Upgraded to 768k of VRAM, it can support up to 832x624 at 16-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC III can support a second display with the addition of an LC III PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 80 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, the Macintosh LC III was typically configured with an 80 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: None
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Auto)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC III PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • By default, both the floppy disk and 3.5" hard drive bays are occupied.
Case Type: Desktop
Form Factor: Macintosh LC
Apple Order No: M1312LL/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC III
  • M1312LL/A refers to a configuration with 4 MB of RAM, 512k of VRAM, and an 80 MB hard drive.
Apple Model No: M1254
Gestalt ID: 27
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1254 Model Number and 27 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1
Supported Mac OS: 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.2 x 15.3
Avg. Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (7.4 cm, 31 cm, 38.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1350
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • As a collector's item, this model may still retain value.

    Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC III+

Apple Macintosh LC III+
The Apple Macintosh LC III+ features a 33 MHz 68030 processor, 4 MB of RAM, and either an 80 MB or a 160 MB hard drive in a compact, easy-to-upgrade "pizza box" case.

The Macintosh LC III+ is a modest upgrade of the LC III before it, with a faster processor and an optional FPU, but also a new, sleeker case design with a smooth and curved front, more rounded "foot" and finger indentations above and below the "mouth" of the floppy disk drive.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

Instances

Hostname Serial Number Status Case
colour
Order
Number
Model
Number
Model
Identification
H0000094 LC4123N02BM -

External Links

Detailed description

Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: October 18, 1993
Discontinued Date: February 14, 1994
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1993.
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Processor Type: 68030
  • This model has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party
FPU: 68882 (Optional)
System Bus Speed: 33 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 0.5k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 4 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC III+ has 512k of onboard VRAM and a single slot that accepts a 256k 100 ns VRAM SIMM.
Standard VRAM: 512k
Maximum VRAM: 768k
  • 512k of VRAM is soldered onboard. A single VRAM slot accepts a 256k VRAM SIMM for a maximum total of 768k of VRAM.
Display Support: Single Display
Resolution Support: 512x384-832x624
  • By default, the Macintosh LC III+ only supports a single display, but a second one can be supported with the addition of an LC III PDS video card. With the default 512k of VRAM, the LC III+ can support a single display at 512x384 or 640x480 at 16-bit color and 832x624 at 8-bit color. Upgraded to 768k of VRAM, it can support up to 832x624 at 16-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC III+ can support a second display with the addition of an LC III PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 80 MB, 160 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, the Macintosh LC III+ is configured with either an 80 MB or a 160 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: None
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Auto)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC III PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • By default, both the floppy disk and 3.5" hard drive bays are occupied.
Case Type: Desktop
Form Factor: Macintosh LC III+
Apple Order No: N/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC III+
Apple Model No: M1254
Gestalt ID: 62
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1254 Model Number and 62 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1
Supported Mac OS: 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.2 x 15.3
Avg. Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (7.4 cm, 31 cm, 38.9 cm).
Original Price (US): N/A
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • As a collector's item, this model may still retain value.

    Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC 475

Apple Macintosh LC 475
The Apple Macintosh LC 475 features a 25 MHz 68LC040 processor, 4 MB or 8 MB of RAM, and either an 80 MB, a 160 MB, or a 250 MB hard drive in a sleek, compact "pizza box" case.

The consumer version of the LC 475 is the Performa 475 series, and although the case is a bit different, the business version is the Quadra 605.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

Instances

Hostname Serial Number Status Case
colour
Order
Number
Model
Number
Model
Identification
H0000264 LC4123KX2BM -

External Links

Detailed description

Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: October 21, 1993
Discontinued Date: May 1, 1994
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1993.
Processor Speed: 25 MHz
Processor Type: 68LC040
  • The Macintosh LC 475 has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path. Sometimes this model is designated as having a 50 MHz processor, since the clock input runs at 50 MHz. However, the processor itself is not "clock doubled," so technically it only is a 25 MHz processor.
Processor Upgrade: Socketed
FPU: None
  • This processor is socketed and can be upgraded to a 68040 as well as a PowerPC 601 processor.
System Bus Speed: 25 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 8k
L2 Cache: None
  • This model had the option of a 256k cache on a riser card that plugged into the CPU socket. This cache card was socketed to hold the processor.
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 4 MB, 8 MB
Maximum RAM: 132 MB
  • Apple only officially supports up to 36 MB of RAM by installing a single 32 MB SIMM. However, third-parties have been able to upgrade it to 132 MB by installing a single 128 MB SIMM.

    Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC 475 has slots for two 80 ns VRAM SIMMs.
Standard VRAM: 512k
Maximum VRAM: 1 MB
  • By default, 512k of VRAM is installed as two 256k VRAM SIMMs. The VRAM can be upgraded to 1 MB by installing two 512k VRAM SIMMs.
Display Support: Single Display
Resolution Support: 512x384-1152x870
  • By default, the Macintosh LC 475 only supports a single display, but a second one can be supported with the addition of an LC III PDS video card. With the default 512k of VRAM, the LC 475 can support a single display at 512x384 at 16-bit color, 640x480 and 832x642 at 8-bit color and 1024x768 and 1152x870 at 4-bit color. Upgraded to 1 MB of VRAM, it can support up to 832x624 at 16-bit color and 1024x768 and 1152x870 at 8-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC 475 can support a second display with the addition of an LC III PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 80 MB, 160 MB, 250 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, the Macintosh LC 475 is configured with either an 80 MB, 160 MB or 250 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: None
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Manual)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC III PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • By default, both the floppy disk and 3.5" hard drive bays are occupied.
Case Type: Desktop
Form Factor: Macintosh LC 475
Apple Order No: M1819LL/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC 475
  • M1819LL/A refers to the configuration with 8 MB of RAM and a 160 MB hard drive.
Apple Model No: M1476
Gestalt ID: 89
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1476 Model Number and 89 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1
Supported Mac OS: 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-8.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.2 x 15.3
Avg. Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (7.4 cm, 31 cm, 38.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1085
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • As a collector's item, this model may still retain value.

    Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC 520

Apple Macintosh LC 520
The Apple Macintosh LC 520 features a 25 MHz 68030 processor, 5 MB of RAM, either an 80 MB or a 160 MB hard drive, and a 2X CD-ROM drive in a relatively compact all-in-one case with a 14" color display. The LC 520 was both the first Macintosh LC in an all-in-one case and the first to have an internal CD-ROM drive.

The consumer version of the LC 520 is the Performa 520.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

Instances

Hostname Serial Number Status Case
colour
Order
Number
Model
Number
Model
Identification
H0000070 SG5041BL32G -
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Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: June 28, 1993
Discontinued Date: February 2, 1994
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1993.
Processor Speed: 25 MHz
Processor Type: 68030
  • The Macintosh LC 520 has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party
FPU: None
System Bus Speed: 25 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 0.5k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 5 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC 520 has 512k of onboard VRAM and a single slot that accepts a 256k 80 ns VRAM SIMM.
Standard VRAM: 512k
Maximum VRAM: 768k
  • 512k of VRAM is soldered onboard. A single VRAM slot accepts a 256k VRAM SIMM for a maximum total of 768k of VRAM.
Display Support: 14" Color
Resolution Support: 640x480
  • 14" Sony Trinitron RGB display.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC 520 can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 80 MB, 160 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, the Macintosh LC 520 is configured with either an 80 MB or 160 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: 2X CD-ROM
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Auto)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • There are no free expansion bays.
Case Type: All-in-One
Form Factor: Macintosh LC 520
Apple Order No: N/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC 520
Apple Model No: M1640
Gestalt ID: 56
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1640 Model Number and 56 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1
Supported Mac OS: 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.5 x 16.5
Avg. Weight: 40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (45.5 cm, 34.3 cm, 41.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$2000
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC 550

Apple Macintosh LC 550
The Apple Macintosh LC 550 features a 33 MHz 68030 processor, 5 MB of RAM, either an 80 MB or a 160 MB hard drive, and a 2X CD-ROM drive in a relatively compact all-in-one case with a 14" color display. With the exception of processor speed and configuration options, the LC 550 is identical to the LC 520 it replaced.

The consumer version of the LC 550 is the Performa 550 series.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

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Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: February 2, 1994
Discontinued Date: March 23, 1995
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1994.
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Processor Type: 68030
  • This model has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Processor Upgrade: Third-Party
FPU: 68882 (Optional)
System Bus Speed: 33 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 0.5k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 5 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • This model has 512k of onboard VRAM and a single slot that accepts a 256k 80 ns VRAM SIMM.
Standard VRAM: 512k
Maximum VRAM: 768k
  • 512k of VRAM is soldered onboard. A single VRAM slot accepts a 256k VRAM SIMM for a maximum total of 768k of VRAM.
Display Support: 14" Color
Resolution Support: 640x480
  • 14" Sony Trinitron RGB display.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • The Macintosh LC 550 can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 80 MB, 160 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, the Macintosh LC 550 is configured with either an 80 MB or 160 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: 2X CD-ROM
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Auto)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS
Expansion Bays: None
  • There are no free expansion bays.
Case Type: All-in-One
Form Factor: Macintosh LC 520
Apple Order No: N/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC 550
Apple Model No: M1640
Gestalt ID: 80
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1640 Model Number and 80 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 3.6V Lithium
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1
Supported Mac OS: 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.5 x 16.5
Avg. Weight: 40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (45.5 cm, 34.3 cm, 41.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1200
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC 575

Apple Macintosh LC 575
The Apple Macintosh LC 575 features a 33 MHz 68LC040 processor, 5 MB or 8 MB of RAM, either a 160 MB or 320 MB hard drive, and a 2X CD-ROM drive in a relatively compact all-in-one case with a 14" color display. Perhaps most notably, the LC 575 was the first LC model to introduce a new "Comm" expansion slot that could be used for a modem, Ethernet connectivity, and more.

The consumer version of the LC 575 is the Performa 575 series.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

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Technical Specifications

Introduction Date: February 2, 1994
Discontinued Date: April 3, 1995
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1994.
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Processor Type: 68LC040
  • The Macintosh LC 575 has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path. Sometimes this model is designated as having a 66 MHz processor, since the clock input runs at 66 MHz. However, the processor itself is not "clock doubled," so technically it only is a 33 MHz processor.
Processor Upgrade: Socketed
FPU: None
  • This processor is socketed and can be upgraded to a 68040 as well as a PowerPC 601 processor.
System Bus Speed: 33 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 8k
L2 Cache: None
  • This model had the option of a 256k cache on a riser card that plugged into the CPU socket. This cache card was socketed to hold the processor.
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 5 MB, 8 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC 575 has slots for two 80 ns VRAM SIMMs.
Standard VRAM: 512k
Maximum VRAM: 1 MB
  • By default, 512k of VRAM is installed as two 256k VRAM SIMMs. The VRAM can be upgraded to 1 MB by installing two 512k VRAM SIMMs.
Display Support: 14" Color
Resolution Support: 640x480
  • 14" Sony Trinitron RGB display. By default, it can support 8-bit color. Upgrading the VRAM to 1 MB allows the system to support 16-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • This model can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 160 MB, 320 MB
Int. HD Interface: SCSI
  • By default, this model is configured with either a 160 MB or 320 MB internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: 2X CD-ROM
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Manual)
  • An education-only configuration also was offered without an internal CD-ROM drive.
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS, Comm
Expansion Bays: None
  • If the CD-ROM drive is installed, there are no free expansion bays.
Case Type: All-in-One
Form Factor: Macintosh LC 520
Apple Order No: N/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC 575
Apple Model No: M1640
Gestalt ID: 92
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M1640 Model Number and 92 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 4.5V Alkaline
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1
Supported Mac OS: 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-8.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.5 x 16.5
Avg. Weight: 40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (45.5 cm, 34.3 cm, 41.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1700
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC 580

Apple Macintosh LC 580
The Apple Macintosh LC 580 features a 33 MHz 68LC040 processor, 8 MB of RAM, a 500 MB hard drive, and a 2X CD-ROM drive in a relatively compact all-in-one case with a 14" color display.

Although the LC 580 looks identical to the LC 575 it replaced, and has a processor of identical clockspeed, the LC 580 has a lower quality display and a different motherboard with support for cheaper IDE hard drives, among other changes, including the inclusion of new video input/output expansion.

The consumer version of the LC 580 is the Performa 580CD series, which only was sold in Canada, Asia and Australia.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

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Introduction Date: April 3, 1995
Discontinued Date: August 1, 1995
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1995.
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Processor Type: 68LC040
  • The Macintosh LC 580 has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path. Sometimes this model is designated as having a 66 MHz processor, since the clock input runs at 66 MHz. However, the processor itself is not "clock doubled," so technically it only is a 33 MHz processor.
Processor Upgrade: N/A
FPU: None
System Bus Speed: 33 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 8k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 8 MB
Maximum RAM: 52 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 2
  • The first SIMM slot supports a 32 MB double-sided SIMM, but the second slot only supports a single-sided SIMM, so capacities are limited to 1 MB, 4 MB or 16 MB in the second slot.
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: VRAM SIMM
  • The Macintosh LC 580 has slots for two 60 ns VRAM SIMMs.
Standard VRAM: 1 MB
Maximum VRAM: 1 MB
  • The VRAM is installed as two 512k VRAM SIMMs and the system cannot support larger modules.
Display Support: 14" Color
Resolution Support: 640x480
  • 14" RGB CRT display (unlike other models available around the same time, this model does not have a Sony Trinitron display).
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • This model can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 500 MB
Int. HD Interface: IDE
  • By default, this model is configured with a 500 MB internal IDE hard drive. It does not support an internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: 2X CD-ROM
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Manual)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS, Comm, Video I/O
Expansion Bays: None
  • This model has an LC PDS, Comm, and video input and video output expansion slots.
Case Type: All-in-One
Form Factor: Macintosh LC 520
Apple Order No: N/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC 580
Apple Model No: M3872
Gestalt ID: 99
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M3872 Model Number and 99 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 4.5V Alkaline
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.5
Supported Mac OS: 7.5, 7.5.1, 7.5.3-8.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.5 x 16.5
Avg. Weight: 40.5 lbs (18.4 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (45.5 cm, 34.3 cm, 41.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1300
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Macintosh LC 630 (PC)

Apple Macintosh LC 630 (PC)
The Apple Macintosh LC 630 (PC) features a 33 MHz 68LC040 processor, 4 MB or 8 MB of RAM, a 250 MB hard drive, and a 2X CD-ROM drive in a compact desktop case.

The LC 630 PC-Compatible shipped with a 66 MHz Intel 486DX2 processor card which can have a maximum of 32 MB of RAM dedicated to the DOS/Windows operating system.

The consumer version of the LC 630 (PC) is the Performa 630 series and the business version is the Quadra 630.

To purchase or upgrade a vintage Mac -- and newer Macs -- see site sponsor OHS.

Source: EveryMac

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Introduction Date: July 18, 1994
Discontinued Date: April 1, 1995
  • The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

    Also see: All Macs introduced in 1994.
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Processor Type: 68LC040
  • The Macintosh LC 630 has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path. Sometimes this model is designated as having a 66 MHz processor, since the clock input runs at 66 MHz. However, the processor itself is not "clock doubled," so technically it only is a 33 MHz processor.
Processor Upgrade: N/A
FPU: None
System Bus Speed: 33 MHz
Cache Bus Speed: N/A
ROM Type: Macintosh ROM
ROM Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache: 8k
L2 Cache: N/A
RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM
Min. RAM Speed: 80 ns
Standard RAM: 4 MB, 8 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 MB
Motherboard RAM: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1
Video Card: Dedicated
VRAM Type: Onboard
  • 1 MB of onboard 60 ns DRAM is dedicated to video function.
Standard VRAM: 1 MB
Maximum VRAM: 1 MB
  • The onboard VRAM cannot be upgraded.
Display Support: Single Display
Resolution Support: 640x480
  • By default, the Macintosh LC 630 only supports a single display, but a second one can be supported with the addition of an LC PDS video card. With the internal VRAM, the system is capable of supporting 512x384 and 640x480 at 16-bit color and 800x600 and 832x624 at 8-bit color.
2nd Display Support: Single Display
2nd Max. Resolution: Variable
  • This model can support a second display with the addition of an LC PDS video card. By default, it only supports a single display.
Standard Hard Drive: 250 MB
Int. HD Interface: IDE
  • By default, this model is configured with a 250 MB internal IDE hard drive. It does not support an internal SCSI hard drive.
Standard Optical: 2X CD-ROM
Standard Disk: 1.44 MB (Manual)
Standard Modem: None
Standard Ethernet: None
Expansion Slots: 1 LC PDS, Comm, Video I/O, TV
Expansion Bays: None
  • This model has a single LC PDS, Comm, TV, and both video input and video output expansion slots. In the PC compatible configuration, the PDS slot is occupied.
Case Type: Desktop
Form Factor: Macintosh Quadra 630
Apple Order No: M3305LL/A
Apple Subfamily: Macintosh LC 630
  • M3305LL/A refers to the configuration with 4 MB of RAM. The configuration with 8 MB of RAM was assigned order number M3492LL/A.
Apple Model No: M3076
Gestalt ID: 98
  • Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

    Also see: All Macs with the M3076 Model Number and 98 Gestalt ID.

    For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: 4.5V Alkaline
Battery Life: N/A
Original Mac OS: 7.1.2P
Supported Mac OS: 7.1.2P-7.5.1, 7.5.3-8.1
  • Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

    For systems capable of running older versions of the Mac OS -- as well as modern ones -- please see site sponsor OHS. OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
Dimensions: 4.3 x 12.6 x 16.5
Avg. Weight: 19.0 lbs (8.6 kg)
  • In inches - height by width by depth, (10.9 cm, 32 cm, 41.9 cm).
Original Price (US): US$1350, US$2080
Est. Current Retail: N/A
  • Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

Source: Apple, EveryMac

Documentation

Series

Apple Macintosh LC documentation

Platform

Apple 68000 platform documentation

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