Macintosh TV

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Not to be confused with Apple TV.
Macintosh TV
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Release date October 1993
Introductory price US$2,097
Discontinued February 1994
Operating system System 7.1-System 7.1.1, System 7.1.2 (PowerPC upgrade), System 7.5-Mac OS 7.6.1, or with PowerPC upgrade, Mac OS 9.1
CPU Motorola 68030
Memory MB, expandable to 8 MB

The Macintosh TV was Apple Computer's first attempt at computer-television integration. It shared the external appearance of the Macintosh LC 500 series, but in black. The Macintosh TV was essentially a Performa 520 that could switch its built-in 14" Sony Trinitron CRT from being a computer display to a cable-ready television. It was incapable of showing television in a desktop window, although it could capture still frames to PICT files.

It came with a small credit card-sized remote control that was also compatible with Sony televisions. It was the first Macintosh to be made in black and came with a custom black keyboard and mouse. Later Apple would issue a custom black Performa 5420 in markets outside the United States with many of the features of the Mac TV. Apple's similar TV tuner card was a popular option for later LC and Performa series computers.

Only 10,000 were made in the model's short time on the market.


  • Introduced October 25, 1993, Discontinued February 1994 [1]
  • Requires System 7.1 (with Enabler 404) to 7.6.1
  • CPU: 32 MHz 68030
  • Bus: 16 MHz
  • FPU: none
  • performance: 7.0 MIPS
  • ROM: 1 MB
  • RAM: 5 MB from factory (4 MB on motherboard, expandable to 8 MB using a single 100ns 72-pin SIMM; can use 1 MB or 4 MB SIMM)
  • video: 512 KB VRAM; supports 640 x 480 at 8-bits
  • L2 cache: none
  • hard drive: 160 MB
  • CD-ROM: 2x
  • ADB ports for keyboard and mouse
  • DIN-8 serial ports on back of computer
  • DB-25 SCSI connector on back of computer
  • Antenna In (F-type RF Connector)
  • Composite Video-In, Stereo Audio Input (RCA-type)
  • no expansion slots
  • size (HxWxD): 17.9" x 13.5" x 16.5"
  • Weight: 40.5 lb.
  • PRAM battery: 3.6 V lithium
  • Gestalt ID: 88
  • addressing: 32-bit
  • upgrade path: none

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