On January 1st, 1985, Apple introduced the Macintosh XL, a powerful personal computer that was part of the Macintosh series. At a starting price of $9,995, the Macintosh XL was geared toward professionals and power users looking for a high-performance machine.
The Macintosh XL featured a 5 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, which was considered fast at the time. It also came with a 12″ monochrome display, 512 KB of RAM, 10 MB of hard drive storage, and a 400 KB floppy disk drive. These specs were impressive for the time and made the Macintosh XL a formidable machine for its day.
However, despite its impressive specs, the Macintosh XL was only available for a little over a year. On August 1st, 1986, Apple discontinued the Macintosh XL, making it a short-lived but notable addition to the Macintosh lineup. Today, 38 years after its discontinuation, the Macintosh XL remains a piece of Apple’s history and a reminder of the company’s early efforts to push the boundaries of personal computing.
Macintosh XL Details
January 1, 1985
August 1, 1986
55 Ibs. 24.947 KG
13.8” H x 18.5” W x 15.2” D 35.05 cm H x 47 cm W x 38.6 cm D
Mac XL Tech Specs
Number of Cores
Built-in 10 MB hard disk drive and optional external 5 or 10 MB Apple ProFile hard disk drive
2 – Apple Lisa memory boards
12″ monochrome display
720 x 364
2 – RS-232C 1 – DE-9
1 – D-25
1 – Built-in speaker
1 – RCA composite video output
3 – Apple Lisa expansion slots
Built-in 400 KB 3.5-inch floppy disk drive
76-key Selectric-style, detached keyboard with 10-key pad
MacWorks XL (support for up to System Software 1.1)
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