Macintosh Color Display

On December 1, 1992, Apple introduced the Macintosh Color Display as part of their Apple Display series. This 14-inch Color RGB Monitor offered a screen resolution of up to 640 x 480 pixels with a 70 dpi and the ability to display 32,000 colors. It also featured a DA-15 video connection and was designed specifically for use with the Macintosh IIvi and Macintosh IIvx.

At its introduction, the Macintosh Color Display had a starting price of $589. However, just over a year later on August 1, 1993, the display was discontinued.

As we mark 30 years since its release, it’s interesting to look back at the Macintosh Color Display and how it fit into the larger narrative of Apple’s product lineup at the time. The display was a notable addition to the Apple Display series and offered users a high-quality color display option for their Macintosh IIvi and Macintosh IIvx.

While the Macintosh Color Display may no longer be in production, it remains a piece of Apple history and a reminder of the company’s continued commitment to innovation in display technology.

Macintosh Color Display
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Macintosh Color Display Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedDecember 1, 1992
DiscontinuedAugust 1, 1993
Model NumberM1212
Order NumberUnknown
Original Price$589
Weight24 Ibs.
10.886 KG
Dimensions13” H x 13.4” W x 14” D
33 cm H x 34.03 cm W x 35.56 cm D

System Requirements

  • Macintosh II computer


TypeCRT (Trinitron)
Viewable Area11.5”
Resolutions640 x 480 pixels at 66.7 Hz
Viewing AngleUnknown
Contrast RatioUnknown
Response TimeUnknown
Pixel Pitch0.26 mm
Pixel Density70 dpi




Maximum Continuous Power55 W

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