Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Apple Macintosh Classic

Apple Macintosh Classic
Apple Macintosh Classic

Speed8 MHz
Memory4 MB
Hard Drive40  MB

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Release Date: 10/15/1990
Manufacturer: Apple
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
This was the first Mac introduced with a price point less than $1000 (for the low end version). The version we have at the museum has a 40MB hard disk and 4MB of RAM.

The 512-342 monochrome display was similar to all the Macs that had preceeded it and this one was cost-reduced in a number of ways to make it affordable to the schools. It still ran the familiar system software and even included a "hidden" version of the system located in ROM (accessible by holding Command+Option+X+O during the boot process. This is probably why its code-name was "XO".


This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.

User Comments
Anonymous on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
"Macintosh Classic" was update to "Macintosh SE" computer. Feature-wise nearly identical to SE except a few cost cutting savings notably 800Kb 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive is upgraded to support only one (not two as previously possible) 1.4Mb 3.5" Super Drive with added ability to read ProDOS Apple II and MS-DOS 3.5" floppy disks. Extra 3.5" floppy disk drive had to be connected externally, also option of internal or external SCSI hard disk. HyperCard software was included as standard as well as keyboard and mouse. "Macintosh Classic 2/40" contained double amount of RAM from 1Mb to 2Mb and internal SCSI 40Mb Hard Drive together with 3.5" floppy disk drive. The latter was a popular choice at university campuses around the world, eventually entering high schools replacing "Apple IIe's" and common for small businesses.
Anonymous on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
First computer my daughter was trained on at age four. I read through the interactive lesson on how to startup, shut down and use the mouse. After which, she was able to use the Mac on her own. Back then, the DOS computer required quite a bit of typing commands to operate which were certainly not child friendly!
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