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Apple Macintosh II

Apple Macintosh II

Speed16 MHz
Memory1024 KB

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Release Date: 3/2/1987
Manufacturer: Apple
Original Retail Price:
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Donated By: Andy Skuse
Retailing for $3,898 (US) base price, the Macintosh II was the first "modular" Macintosh model, so called because it came in a standard desktop case. All previous Macintosh computers used an all-in-one design with a built-in black-and-white monitor. The Mac II allowed Macintosh users a choice of larger displays, color displays, and even multiple displays. The Macintosh II was designed by hardware engineers Michael Dhuey (computer) and Brian Berkeley (monitor).

Introduced in 1987, the Mac II featured a Motorola 68020 processor operating at 16 MHz teamed with a Motorola 68881 floating point unit. Standard memory was 1 mebibyte, expandable to 68 MiB, though not without the special FDHD upgrade kit; otherwise, 20 MiB was the maximum. RAM could be maxed out to 128 MiB, however, if the ROMs were upgraded to those used in the IIx (or if MODE32 was used), as the Mac II's memory controller supported higher-density memory modules than did the stock ROM. The Mac II had eight 30-pin SIMMs, and memory was installed in groups of four. A 5.25-inch 40 MB internal SCSI hard disk was optional, as was a second internal 800 kilobyte 3.5-inch floppy disk drive. Six NuBus slots were available for expansion (at least one of which had to be used for a graphics card, as the Mac II had no onboard graphics). The Mac II was the first Macintosh with color graphics capabilities. From Wikipedia

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Anonymous on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
"Macintosh II" was developed around the same time as "Macintosh SE" like it introduced 'snow white design language' to Macintosh series created for Apple by Frog Design in 1984 beginning with "Apple IIc" this clearly evident in off-color case color to horizontal and vertical lines. It included "Apple Desktop Bus" connector for keyboard and mouse, could be used by other devices such as a joystick or graphics tablet. Keyboard were sold separately, two options being: "Apple Keyboard" 81 keys including numeric keypad and cursor keys. "Apple Extended Keyboard" 105 keys, including 15 function keys, T cursor pad, 10-key numeric keypad. Purchase of "graphics card" and "monitor" was also required as computer had no built-in graphics. Apple sold "Macintosh II Video Card" which generated 16-colors onscreen from palette of 16.7 million colors and related "Macintosh II Video Expansion Kit" increased this 256 colors onscreen. Supported monitors were: "Apple High Resolution Monochrome Monitor" or "AppleColor High Resolution Color Monitor". It was first Macintosh to feature "Apple Stereo Sound Chip" with a sampling rate of 44.1khz. Two standard configurations available to buy: 1Mb of RAM (to maximum of 8Mb), single built-in 800kb 3.5" double-sided floppy disk drive or alternatively, single built-in 800kb 3.5" double-sided floppy disk drive and internal SCSI 40Mb hard drive. A second 800kb 3.5" double-sided floppy disk drive could be added to either configuration. First Macintosh to offer "Six NuBus Card Expansion Slots" the main advantage apart from expandability was cards worked without setting up DIP switches a precursor to Plug & Play Cards found on PCs. For a complete computer with Video Card, Color monitor, 20Mb Hard Disk, Keyboard, Mouse and additional RAM cost over USD$10,000! While being the first "Apple Macintosh" to offer color and six expansion slots it was also the fastest in the series at this point and worthy addition if you could afford it.
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