Info Panel
You are here:   Home  /  Exhibits  /  Apple  /  Macintosh TV

Macintosh TV

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.

ManufacturerApple Computer CompanyCPUMotorola 68030 @ 32 MHz
Year Introduced1993RAM5 MB RAM (80 ns 72-pin SIMM), expandable to 8 MB, 1 MB ROM
Introductory Price$2,097Storage160 MB Hard Disk Drive,
Floppy Disk Drive 1.44 MB SuperDrive
Number SoldApprox. 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.


  1993  /  Apple  /  Last Updated May 27, 2017 by Curator  /