Monday, April 25, 2011

Apple's First Television in 1993: The Macintosh TV

As the rumors of the anticipated 2012 release of an Apple Television grows we have to look back to their first attempt at computer-television integration... Unbeknownst to popular belief, they attempted this back in 1993 and FAILED... 
The Macintosh TV was Apple's first product shipped in black and with a remote control. The unit was basically a Performa 520 and sported a 14" Sony Trinitron CRT monitor. It had a built-in TV tuner and was able to switch from being a computer display to a cable-ready television. Only 10,000 units were made from its introduction on October 1993 to its discontinuation in February 1994. 
A few reasons for its failure was due to its 'sub-par graphics performance' and the inability to watch TV and compute at the same time... 

  • Introduced October 1993, Discontinued February, 1994
  • Requires System 7.1 (with Enabler 404) to 7.6.1
  • CPU: 32 MHz 68030
  • Bus: 16 MHz
  • FPU: none
  • performance: 7.0 MIPS
  • ROM: 1 MB
  • RAM: 5 MB from factory (4 MB on motherboard, expandable to 8 MB using a single 100ns 72-pin SIMM; can use 1 MB or 4 MB SIMM)
  • video: 512 KB VRAM; supports 640 x 480 at 8-bits
  • L2 cache: none
  • hard drive: 160 MB
  • CD-ROM: 2x
  • ADB ports for keyboard and mouse
  • DIN-8 serial ports on back of computer
  • DB-25 SCSI connector on back of computer
  • Antenna In (F-type RF Connector)
  • Composite Video-In, Stereo Audio Input (RCA-type)
  • no expansion slots
  • size (HxWxD): 17.9" x 13.5" x 16.5"
  • Weight: 40.5 lb.
  • PRAM battery: 3.6 V lithium
  • Gestalt ID: 88
  • addressing: 32-bit
  • upgrade path: none

Could Apple be 'repeating history' with the rumored Apple Television next year (2012)...? 
Maybe not, now that many televisions are becoming internet-ready and with the success of Apple's iOS platform and the App Store, Apple's anticipated television may in-fact be another category 'win' for the Apple team and possibly another 'market-category leader'. 

Afterall, after the  success of the iPod, iPhone and iPad (all Market Leaders in their own category), why even question or bet against this new venture for the Cupertino company...? 

via wikemedia lowendmac

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Apple's First Television in 1993 now is a rare thing. Looking forward to the Apple's Television in 2093. What will it looks like?
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