Macintosh LC III

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Macintosh LC III / LC III+ / Performa 450 / Performa 460 / Performa 466 / Performa 467
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A Macintosh LC III
Also known as "Vail", "Elsie III"[1]
Developer Apple Computer, Inc.
Product family LC, Performa
Release date February 10, 1993; 24 years ago (1993-02-10)
Introductory price US$1,349 (equivalent to $2,237 in 2016)
Discontinued February 14, 1994 (1994-02-14)
Operating system System 7.1 - 7.6.1
CPU Motorola 68030 @ 25 MHz
Memory 4 MB, expandable to 36 MB (72-pin SIMM)
Dimensions Height: 2.9 inches (7.4 cm)
Width: 12.2 inches (31 cm)
Depth: 15.3 inches (39 cm)
Weight 8.8 pounds (4.0 kg)
Predecessor Macintosh LC II
Successor Macintosh 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 math. It was also significantly less expensive; the LC III with an 80 MB hard disk was priced at $1,349 USD 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 Macintosh LC 475 was its replacement.


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 Macintosh Macintosh Quadra Macintosh Centris Macintosh Performa Macintosh II series Macintosh LC 630 Power Macintosh 5200 LC Macintosh LC 580 Macintosh LC 575 Macintosh LC 550 Macintosh LC 520 Macintosh LC III Macintosh LC 475 Macintosh LC III Macintosh LC II Macintosh LC


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