Apple launches the Macintosh II

2nd March 1987
Apple launches the Macintosh II

Introduced by Apple CEO John Sculley at a news conference in Los Angeles on 2nd March 1987, the Apple Macintosh II was the first Macintosh to support a colour display. It was also the first Macintosh to use a more conventional case with a separate monitor, making it more comparable in design to the IBM PC models of the day than earlier Apple Computers.

Based on the 32-bit Motorola 68020 processor, the Macintosh II provided 6 NuBus slots for a choice of different expansion cards such as video or ethernet.

The Macintosh II originally sold for $3,898 for the basic system with a 20 MB hard drive, and $5,498 with 1 MB of RAM, a 800K floppy disk drive, and a 40 MB hard drive.

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  • Apple CEO John Sculley presents the new Macintosh II computer at a news conference in Los Angeles on March 2nd, 1987.
    Credit: Reed Saxon / AP. Images remain the copyright of the original copyright holder. Used under fair use policy for educational purposes only.

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