From West Elmira Computers Museum

This article is about the original line of Macintosh computers by Apple. For the original operating system, see Mac OS. For the operating system formerly known as Mac OS X and OS X, see macOS.

Macintosh logo.jpg
CPU7.83MHz Motorola 68000
33MHz Motorola 68030
Graphics512 × 342, monochrome
560 x 384, 256 colors
RAM128 KB - 128 MB
MediaFloppy disk
ReleaseJanuary 24, 1984
Added to museumMacintosh SE: August 1, 2022

The Macintosh was the fifth line of computers released by Apple Computer. This line was referred to as the Compact Macintosh, as each computer included the display integrated into the case.

Operating System

Macintosh computers ran on the Mac OS Operating System.


Macintosh SE.jpg

Most models had monochrome monitors. The 128K Apple Macintosh was released on January 24, 1984. It was followed by the Macintosh 512K on September 10, 1984.

The Macintosh Plus followed on January 16, 1986, then the Macintosh 512Ke in April 1986, the Macintosh SE on March 2, 1987, the Macintosh Classic on October 15, 1990, and the Macintosh Classic II on October 21, 1991,

A color model, the Macintosh Color Classic, was released on February 10, 1993. The Macintosh Color Classic II followed later that year.


The Macintosh line was followed by the Macintosh II, Macintosh LC, Macintosh Quandra, and Power Macintosh lines.

The Macintosh name was shortened to Mac in 1998. Apple continues to sell computers under the Mac line.