Macintosh LC

The first in the Macintosh LC family, the LC was introduced with the Macintosh Classic (a repackaging of the older Macintosh SE) and the Macintosh IIsi (a new entry-level machine for the Macintosh II series), and offered for half the price of the Macintosh II but significantly lesser in performance overall. The creation of the LC was prompted by Apple's desire to produce a product that could be sold to school boards for the same price as an Apple IIGS. It was designed for inexpensive manufacturing, with five major components that robots could assemble. The computer had a $2400 list price; it and the new $600 12-inch color display were $3500 less expensive than the Macintosh II. Not long after the Apple IIe Card was introduced for the LC, Apple officially announced the retirement of the IIGS, as the company wanted to focus its sales and marketing efforts on the LC.

The original Macintosh LC was introduced on October 1990, with initial shipments to dealers following in December and January. It was replaced by Macintosh LC II, which was largely the same but was built around a Motorola 68030 processor.

Catalog type
Desktop computer
Release Date
October 1991
Motorola 68020 @ 16 MHz
2 MB
40 MB of 80MB
Operation System
System 7.5.5