Macintosh II

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
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Macintosh II Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedMarch 2, 1987
DiscontinuedJanuary 15, 1990
Model Identifier6
Model NumberM5000
Order NumberM5333
Original Price$5,498
Weight24 Ibs.
10.886 KG
Dimensions5.5” H x 18.7” W x 14.4” D
13.97 cm H x 47.49 cm W x 36.57 cm D

Tech Specs


ProcessorMotorola 68020
Processor Speed16 MHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus16 MHz
Cache0.25 KB L1
CoprocessorMotorola 68881 FPU

Storage & Media

Storage40 MB or 80 MB (Optional)
Media2 x 800 KB Floppy


Built-in Memory1 MB
4 MB
Maximum Memory20 MB (68 MB via FDHD upgrade kit)
Memory Slots8 – 30 pin SIMMs (Groups of 4)
(4 MB or larger modules must be PAL SIMMs)
Minimum Speed120 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardNone
Graphics MemoryNone
Display ConnectionUnknown


Expansion Slots6 – NuBus
Hard Drive InterfaceSCSI


Original OSMacintosh System Software 0.7
Maximum OSSystem 7.5.5
FirmwareMacintosh ROM


SCSI1 – DB-25
Floppy PortNone
Audio InNone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm stereo output jack



Backup Battery3.6 V lithium
Maximum Continuous Power230 W
Line VoltageUnknown

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