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Apple Macintosh LC (Original) Specs

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Apple Macintosh LC 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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Click on the underlined category text for related details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important.


October 15, 1990 March 23, 1992
Details: 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.
16 MHz 68020
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 16-bit data path.
Third-Party* None
Details: *A variety of third-party processor upgrades and accelerators were available.
16 MHz N/A
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 512k
Details: N/A
0.25k N/A
Details: N/A
30-pin SIMM 100 ns
Details: N/A
2 MB, 4 MB* 10 MB
Details: *Configurations with 4 MB of RAM pre-installed have 2 MB of RAM onboard and dual 1 MB memory modules.
2 MB 2*
Details: *RAM SIMMs must be installed as an equal pair.
Dedicated* VRAM SIMM*
Details: *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.
256k* 512k*
Details: *The standard 256k VRAM SIMM can be replaced with a 512k VRAM SIMM.
Single Display* 512x384, 640x480*
Details: *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.
40 MB, 80 MB* SCSI
Details: *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.
None 1.44 MB* (Auto)
Details: *An education-only configuration was equipped with dual 1.44 MB floppy disk drives instead of a single floppy drive and a hard drive.
None None
Details: N/A
1 LC PDS None
Details: By default, both the floppy disk and 3.5" hard drive bays are occupied.
Desktop Macintosh LC
Details: N/A
M0442LL/A* Macintosh LC
Details: *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.
M0350 19
Details: Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.
3.6V Lithium N/A
Details: N/A
6.0.7 6.0.7-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.5.5
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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2.9 x 12.2 x 15.3 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (7.4 cm, 31 cm, 38.9 cm).
US$2500 N/A*
Details: *As a collector's item, this model may still retain value.

Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.



Click on the underlined category text for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.


1 (DB-15) None
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1 1 (DB-25)
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2 None
Details: Serial ports are marked by printer and modem icons.
None None
Details: N/A
None None
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1 (Omni) None
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1 (8-Bit Mono) None
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1 None
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None None
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1 N/A
Details: 90V-240V AC, 50-60 Hz Frequency, 50 Max Watts.

Icon Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.



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