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On April 14th, 1986, Apple introduced the Macintosh 512Ke, a personal computer that would become a part of the Macintosh series. At a starting price of $1,999, the Macintosh 512Ke promised to deliver powerful performance and a sleek design.
The Macintosh 512Ke featured an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, a 9-inch monochrome display, 512 KB of RAM, and an 800 KB floppy disk drive. It also came with a dedicated operating system, Macintosh System Software, which was designed to make the computer easy to use.
However, despite its impressive specs and user-friendly design, the Macintosh 512Ke was only manufactured and sold by Apple for a year, from 1986 to 1987. On September 1st, 1987, the computer was discontinued, making it 37 years old today.
While the Macintosh 512Ke may be a piece of tech history, it was a significant step forward for Apple and played a major role in the company’s journey to becoming the technology giant it is today.
Macintosh 512Ke Details
|Introduced||April 14, 1986|
|Discontinued||September 1, 1987|
|Order Number||M0001E (512Ke)|
M0001ED (EDU 512Ke)
|Dimensions||13.6” H x 9.6” W x 10.9” D|
34.54 cm H x 24.38 cm W x 27.68 cm D
Mac 512Ke Tech Specs
|Processor Speed||8 MHz|
|Number of Cores||1|
|System Bus||8 MHz|
|Built-in Memory||512 KB|
|Maximum Memory||512 KB|
|Built-in Display||9” monochrome display|
|Resolution||512 x 342|
|Pixel Density||72 ppi|
|Serial||2 – RS-422|
1 – DE-9
|Audio Out||1 – Built-in speaker 8-bit 22-kHz|
|Hard Drive Interface||None|
|Media||800 KB floppy disk drive|
|Floppy Port||1 – DB-19|
|Original OS||System Software 0.7|
|Maximum OS||System Software 6.0.8|
|Backup Battery||4.5 V Alkaline|
|Maximum Continuous Power||60 W|
|Line Voltage||110-120V AC (M0001E, M0001D, M0001ED)|
Further Reading and References
- Macintosh 512Ke: Technical Specifications – Apple Support
- Macintosh 512Ke – Wikipedia
- Mac 512Ke – Low End Mac
- Macintosh 512Ke – Remi’s Classic Computers
- Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512Ke further enhances the Mac – Cult of Mac
- How to Tell a Mac 512K and Mac 512Ke Apart – Mac GUI
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Last updated: April 8, 2023