Macintosh TV

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Macintosh TV
CPU: 32 MHz Motorola MC68030
FPU:none
RAM Type:72-pin SIMM
Maximum RAM: 8 MiB (Apple), 36 MiB (Actual)
Supported OS: System 7.1 (with Enabler 404) - Mac OS 7.6.1
Introduced:October 25 1993
Discontinued:April 1994
MSRP:$2079 (US)
Full Specifications


It's a computer! It's a television! It's both! Just not at the same time.

History

The Macintosh TV's all black case, keyboard, and mouse are an instant clue that this is not your run-of-the-mill Mac. It was the first black Macintosh, the first Mac to include a remote control, and the last Mac desktop system to use the 68030. Only 10,000 were produced during its brief 6 month life span, making it one of the rarest Macs ever made. Marketed towards college students with limited dorm space, this Mac – as its name indicates – includes a built-in TV tuner.

Despite the potential for a Mac with built-in TV capabilities, the Macintosh TV is as flawed as it is unique. Television can only be viewed in full screen mode, thus making it impossible to use the computer for other tasks while watching. It is also not possible to export the TV signal as a QuickTime movie. You can, however, listen to (as opposed to watch) television programmes while computing and save single frames of a programme as a PICT file. As if this computer wasn't different enough, the Macintosh TV is the only Mac to use a 32 MHz version of the 68030 processor.

Combine all of these features and quirks and that makes the Macintosh TV one of the strangest Macs ever.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 32 MHz Motorola MC68030
    • FPU: none
    • ROM: 1 MiB
    • Bus Speed: 16 MHz
    • Data Path: 32-bit
    • RAM Type: 72-pin SIMM (80 ns)
    • Standard RAM: 4 MiB
    • RAM Onboard: 4 MiB
    • RAM Slots: 1
    • Maximum RAM(Apple): 8 MiB
    • Maximum RAM(Actual): 36 MiB
    • Cache: ½ KiB (L1)
  • I/O & Expansion
    • ADB: 2
    • Serial: 2
    • SCSI: 1 (DB-25)
    • Audio Out: 8-bit stereo (mini-jack)
    • Built-in Speaker: mono
  • Storage
    • Hard Drive: 160 MiB
    • Hard Drive Type: SCSI
    • Floppy Drive: 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
    • Optical Drive: 1
    • Optical Drive Type: CD-ROM (2x speed SCSI)
  • Video
    • Built-in Display: 14" CRT (built-in)
    • Max Resolution: 640×480
    • Standard VRAM: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Onboard: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Slots: 0
    • Maximum VRAM: 512 KiB
  • Miscellaneous
    • Codename: LD50, Peter Pan, Hook form factor
    • Gestalt ID: 88
    • Power: 60W
    • PRAM Battery: 3.6V Lithium
    • Case Style: LC 520
    • Dimensions: 13.5" x 16.5" x 17.9" (W x D x H)
    • Weight: 40.5 lbs.
    • Mac OS Support: System 7.1 (with Enabler 404) - Mac OS 7.6.1
    • System Enabler: 404
    • Introduced: October 25 1993
    • Introduced: April 1994
    • MSRP: $2079 (US)