The Mac LC sold well, and in 1991 was replaced by the LC II, which replaced the LC's 68020 processor with a 68030. The LC II sold even better than the LC and this spawned a whole series of LC models, most of which later were sold both with the LC name to the education world and to consumers via traditional Apple dealers, and as Performa to the consumer market via electronics stores, and department stores such as Sears. (For example, the LC 475 was also known as the Performa 475.) All PowerPC-based LC models were sold as "Power Macintosh xxxx LC" (and as "Performa xxxx"). The LC line lived on until the iMac was released in 1998. The LC 580 was notable for being the last desktop Motorola 68k-based Macintosh of any kind. All subsequent Macintoshes used PowerPC processors and, later, Intel processors.
Other cards, such as CPU accelerators, ethernet and video cards were also made available for the LC's PDS slot.
Processor: Motorola 68020 Recommended System Software: System Software 6.0.7-Mac OS 7.5.5 Fastest System Software: System Software 6.0.8L
Processor: Motorola 68030 Recommended System Software: System Software 6.0.8L-Mac OS 7.6.1 Fastest System Software: System Software 7.0.1
Processor: Motorola 68030 Recommended System Software: System Software 7.1-Mac OS 7.6.1 Fastest System Software: System Software 7.5
|Component||LC||LC II||Color Classic†||LC III||LC 520†||Color Classic II†||LC 475||Macintosh TV†||LC III+||LC 550†||LC 575†||LC 630||LC 580|
|Released/Discontinued||October, 1990/ March, 1992||March, 1992/ March, 1993||February, 1993/ May, 1994||February, 1993/ February, 1994||June, 1993/ February, 1994||October, 1993/ February, 1994||October, 1993/ May, 1995||October, 1993/ February, 1994||October, 1993/ February, 1994||February, 1994/ March, 1995||February, 1994/ April, 1995||July, 1994/ October, 1995||April, 1995/ April, 1996|
|Processor, Speed |
|Motorola 68020, 16 MHz (16 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 16 MHz (16 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 16 MHz (16 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 25 MHz (25 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 25 MHz (25 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 33 MHz (33 MHz)||Motorola 68040, 25 MHz (25 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 32 MHz (16 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 33 MHz (33 MHz)||Motorola 68030, 25 MHz (25 MHz)||Motorola 68040, 33 MHz (33 MHz)||Motorola 68040, 33 MHz (33 MHz)||Motorola 68040, 33 MHz (33 MHz)|
An Apple turnover with Mac filling: the Apple IIe card. (terminal emulation card makes Macintosh LC run like an Apple IIe) (Hardware Review) (evaluation)
Sep 01, 1991; Can something be one small step backwards and an immense leap forward at the same time? The contradiction may seem confusing, but...
New Macs show the trend to desktop TV; Oprah to be standard equipment on PCs by 96? (Apple Macintosh LC, Quadra and Performa 630 models) (Brief Article) (Product Announcement)
Oct 01, 1994; Apple has followed IBM Japan, Fujitsu, Matsushita, and NEC in announcing or shipping combination personal computers and TV sets....
Ask the Guru: the Mac LC picks up steam. (the Macintosh LC and other miscellaneous computer topics) (Tech Section) (column)
Oct 01, 1991; After initial sluggishness, the Mac LC now seesm to be selling quite well, and third parties are taking care of several obvious...
TokaMac makes your IIci go IIfx-fast. (Fusion Data Systems Inc.'s TokaMac LC accelerator board for the Macintosh LC) (Hardware Review) (evaluation)
Oct 01, 1991; You had your heart set on a IIfx or IIci, but only had the budget for an LC. Now you want more power, and you can't wait for...
The PC-Macintosh showdown. (Apple's Macintosh Quadra 950 microcomputer compared with Maximus' 486DX2/ 66 and Gateway 2000's 486DX/ 33; Macintosh IIvx microcomputer compared with the Insight 486SX/ 25 and Ares 386DX/ 33; Macintosh LC II microcomputer compared with IBM's PS/ 2 Model 57; and Macintosh PowerBook 160 notebook computer compared with the MidWest Micro Ultra 386SL/ 25) (includes related article on what the tests mean) (Hardware Review) (Evaluation)
Jul 01, 1993; There was a time, not too long ago, when certain statements could be taken as gospel: What goes up must come down. A penny saved...