Macintosh LC 520 units its sights on the classroom

LC 520
The face of classroom Macs 1 / 4 century in the past.
Photograph: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

June 28: Today in Apple history: Mac LC 520 sets its sights on the classroom June 28, 1993: Apple ships the Macintosh LC 520, an “all-in-one” Mac focused primarily on the training market.

The primary Macintosh ever shipped with a non-optional 2x CD-ROM drive, it’s designed to capitalize on faculties’ rising multimedia necessities.

Macintosh LC 520: A Mac for the classroom

The LC 520 boasted the identical primary design because the Mac LC III, which launched in February 1993. This included a 25 MHz 68030 CPU, 5MB of RAM, 80MB or 160MB exhausting drive, floppy drive and 14-inch Sony Trinitron monitor with stereo audio system. It additionally included a built-in microphone, a relative rarity within the early Nineteen Nineties.

Costs began at $1,799 ($3,302 at present), which made it $300 dearer than the LC III.

Consistent with Apple’s expandable Macs philosophy of the time, the LC 520 may very well be upgraded in a few methods. A reminiscence improve socket let customers improve RAM to a whopping 36MB. One other slot allowed processor upgrades.

The primary Mac particularly for faculties

Apple talked up the LC 520 as the primary in a collection of computer systems geared toward particular market segments.

The corporate had been fashionable amongst faculties for a very long time. (Critics accused Steve Jobs of abandoning this market when he returned to Apple a number of years later, earlier than embracing it with the so-called eMac).

Nonetheless, to the perfect of my information the LC 520 was the primary Macintosh constructed particularly for the training market. (It discovered its means into workplaces as nicely.)

Apple launched a special model of the pc in restricted markets later in 1993 below the title Performa 520.

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