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
Macintosh LC III (original design) without monitor, keyboard, or mouse
DeveloperApple Computer
Product familyLC, Performa
Release dateFebruary 10, 1993 (1993-02-10)
Introductory priceUS$1,349 (equivalent to $2,530 in 2021)
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 from February 1993 to February 1994.[1] It replaced the commercially successful Macintosh LC II in Apple's lineup of mid-class 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 were their replacements.

Models[edit]

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[edit]

Timeline of Macintosh Centris, LC, Performa, and Quadra models, colored by CPU type
Power MacintoshMacintosh QuadraMacintosh CentrisMacintosh PerformaMacintosh II seriesMacintosh Performa 6214Macintosh Performa 6210Macintosh Performa 6205Macintosh Performa 6230Macintosh Performa 6220Macintosh Quadra 840AVMacintosh Quadra 610Macintosh Quadra 650Macintosh Quadra 605Macintosh Quadra 630Macintosh Quadra 660AVMacintosh Quadra 610Macintosh Quadra 800Macintosh Centris 650Macintosh Quadra 950Macintosh Quadra 900Macintosh Quadra 700Macintosh Performa 6410Macintosh Performa 6410Macintosh Performa 5440Macintosh Performa 5430Macintosh Performa 5280Macintosh Performa 6360Macintosh Performa 5260Macintosh Performa 6410Macintosh Performa 6400Macintosh Performa 5400Macintosh Performa 5400Macintosh Performa 6260Macintosh Performa 5400Macintosh Performa 5420Macintosh Performa 5410Macintosh Performa 5270Macintosh Performa 5260Macintosh Performa 6320Macintosh Performa 6310Macintosh Performa 6300Macintosh Performa 6290Macintosh Performa 5320Macintosh Performa 5300Macintosh Performa 6218Macintosh Performa 6216Macintosh Performa 6200Macintosh Performa 6116Macintosh Performa 5220Macintosh Performa 5215Macintosh Performa 5210Macintosh Performa 5200Macintosh Performa 640CDMacintosh Performa 580CDMacintosh Performa 588CDMacintosh Performa 638Macintosh Performa 637Macintosh Performa 636Macintosh Performa 635Macintosh Performa 631Macintosh Performa 630Macintosh Performa 578Macintosh Performa 577Macintosh Performa 575Macintosh Performa 476Macintosh Performa 475Macintosh Performa 560Macintosh Performa 550Macintosh Performa 275Macintosh Performa 6118Macintosh Performa 6117Macintosh Performa 6115Macintosh Performa 6112Macintosh Performa 6110Macintosh Performa 467Macintosh Performa 466Macintosh Performa 460Macintosh Performa 410Macintosh Performa 520Macintosh Performa 450Macintosh Performa 430Macintosh Performa 405Macintosh Performa 250Macintosh Performa 600Macintosh Performa 400Macintosh Performa 200Power Macintosh 5300 LCMacintosh LC 575Macintosh LC IIIMacintosh LC 550Power Macintosh 5200 LCMacintosh LC 520Macintosh LC 630Macintosh LC 475Macintosh LC 580Macintosh LC IIIMacintosh LC IIMacintosh LC

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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