Macintosh LC III

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Macintosh LC III / LC III+ / Performa 450 / Performa 460 / Performa 466 / Performa 467
Macintosh LC III front.jpg
A Macintosh LC III
Also known as"Vail", "Elsie III"[1]
DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
Product familyLC, Performa
Release dateFebruary 10, 1993 (1993-02-10)
Introductory priceUS$1,349 (equivalent to $2,388 in 2019)
DiscontinuedFebruary 14, 1994 (1994-02-14)
Operating systemSystem 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
CPUMotorola 68030 @ 25 MHz or 33 MHz (III+ and Performa 460-467)
Memory4 MB, expandable to 36 MB (72-pin SIMM)
DimensionsHeight: 2.9 inches (7.4 cm)
Width: 12.2 inches (31 cm)
Depth: 15.3 inches (39 cm)
Mass8.8 pounds (4.0 kg)
PredecessorMacintosh LC II
SuccessorMacintosh LC 475

The Macintosh LC III is a personal computer designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from February 1993 to February 1994.[1] It replaced the commercially successful Macintosh LC II in Apple's lineup of mid-range computers, and was significantly faster, with MacWorld Magazine benchmarks showing 2x performance in all major categories - CPU, disk, video and maths. It was also significantly less expensive; the LC III with an 80 MB hard disk was priced at US$1,349 at introduction, $700 less than the LC II.[2] The LC III was sold primarily (but not exclusively) to educational institutions, and a corresponding Performa variant called the Performa 450 was sold to the consumer market.

A speed-bumped version, called the Macintosh LC III+ was released in October of the same year, with a 33 MHz CPU. Three Performa variants of this model were released: the 460, 466 and 467. These faster models replaced the LC III and Performa 450, with sales of the original models continuing until the end of 1993 as dealers depleted their stocks. New sales of the LC III+ ended in early 1994 as Apple neared the completion of the transition away from 68030 processors. The 68LC040-based LC 475 and Performa 475 and were their replacements.


A Performa 460 with the revised front bezel.

Introduced February 10, 1993:

  • Macintosh LC III:[3] 25 MHz 68030 CPU, 80 MB HDD.
  • Macintosh Performa 450:[4] 25 MHz 68030 CPU, 120 MB HDD.

Introduced October 18, 1993:

  • Macintosh LC III+:[5] 33 MHz 68030 CPU.
  • Macintosh Performa 460:[6] 4 MB RAM, 80 MB HDD.
  • Macintosh Performa 466:[7] 4 MB RAM, 160 MB HDD.
  • Macintosh Performa 467:[8] 4 MB RAM, 160 MB HDD.

Timeline of Macintosh LC models

Power MacintoshMacintosh QuadraMacintosh CentrisMacintosh PerformaMacintosh II seriesMacintosh LC 630Power Macintosh 5200 LCMacintosh LC 580Macintosh LC 575Macintosh LC 550Macintosh LC 520Macintosh LC IIIMacintosh LC 475Macintosh LC IIIMacintosh LC IIMacintosh LC


  1. ^ a b Pogue, David; Schorr, Joseph (1999). "Chapter 12: From 128K to Quadra: Mac to Mac". MacWorld Mac Secrets, 5th Edition. IDG Books. pp. 473–474. ISBN 0-7645-4040-8.
  2. ^ Luke Dormehl (March 23, 2017). "Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC II is the Mac mini of its day". Cult of Mac.
  3. ^ "Macintosh LC III: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  4. ^ "Macintosh Performa 450:Technical Specifications". Apple.
  5. ^ "Macintosh LC III+: Technical Specifications". Apple.
  6. ^ "Macintosh Performa 460:Technical Specifications". Apple.
  7. ^ "Macintosh Performa 466:Technical Specifications". Apple.
  8. ^ "Macintosh Performa 467:Technical Specifications". Apple.

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