The Macintosh TV is Apple Computer’s first attempt at computer-television integration. It shared the external appearance of the Macintosh LC 500 series, but in black. The Macintosh TV was essentially a Performa 520 that could switch its built-in 14″ Sony Trinitron CRT from being a computer display to a cable-ready television. It was incapable of showing television in a desktop window, although it could capture still frames to PICT files.
|Manufacturer||Apple Computer Company||CPU||Motorola 68030 @ 32 MHz|
|Year Introduced||1993||RAM||5 MB RAM (80 ns 72-pin SIMM), expandable to 8 MB, 1 MB ROM|
|Introductory Price||$2,097||Storage||160 MB Hard Disk Drive,
Floppy Disk Drive 1.44 MB SuperDrive
|Number Sold||Approx. 10,000 shipped|
It came with a small credit card-sized remote control that was also compatible with Sony televisions. It was the first Macintosh to be made in black and came with a custom black keyboard and mouse. Later Apple would issue a custom black Performa 5420 in markets outside the United States with many of the features of the Mac TV. Apple’s similar TV tuner card was a popular option for later LC, Performa series, and select models of Power Macintosh G3 beige computers.
Only 10,000 were made in the model’s short time on the market.