On March 2, 1987, Apple introduced the Macintosh II, a personal computer that marked a significant step forward in the Macintosh series. The Macintosh II was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1987 to 1990 and was considered a powerful and versatile computer at the time.
The Macintosh II was powered by a 16 MHz Motorola 68020 processor and featured a Motorola 68881 FPU coprocessor, providing users with a significant boost in performance. Additionally, the Macintosh II came with 1 MB or 4 MB of RAM, 40 MB or 80 MB hard drive, and two 800 KB Floppy drives. There was also an option for a Macintosh II video card for users who needed more advanced graphics capabilities.
At its launch, the Macintosh II had a starting price of $5,498, which was considered quite expensive at the time. However, the Macintosh II was well-received by users and was considered a solid investment for professionals and businesses.
Unfortunately, on January 15, 1990, Apple discontinued the Macintosh II. Today, the Macintosh II is 36 years old and is considered a classic piece of technology from the 80s. While it may not be as powerful as today’s computers, the Macintosh II was a significant step forward in the development of the Macintosh II series and helped pave the way for future innovations.
Macintosh II Release Date and Original Price
|Introduced||March 2, 1987|
|Discontinued||January 15, 1990|
|Dimensions||5.5” H x 18.7” W x 14.4” D|
13.97 cm H x 47.49 cm W x 36.57 cm D
|Processor Speed||16 MHz|
|Number of Cores||1|
|System Bus||16 MHz|
|Cache||0.25 KB L1|
|Coprocessor||Motorola 68881 FPU|
Storage & Media
|Storage||40 MB or 80 MB (Optional)|
|Media||2 x 800 KB Floppy|
|Built-in Memory||1 MB|
|Maximum Memory||20 MB (68 MB via FDHD upgrade kit)|
|Memory Slots||8 – 30 pin SIMMs (Groups of 4) |
(4 MB or larger modules must be PAL SIMMs)
|Minimum Speed||120 ns|
|Expansion Slots||6 – NuBus|
|Hard Drive Interface||SCSI|
|Original OS||Macintosh System Software 0.7|
|Maximum OS||System 7.5.5|
|SCSI||1 – DB-25|
|Audio Out||1 – 3.5-mm stereo output jack|
|Backup Battery||3.6 V lithium|
|Maximum Continuous Power||230 W|
Apple Support – Macintosh II: Technical Specifications