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June 24, 1990

APPLE’s LOW-END MAC “WILL TAKE CHEAP PERIPHERALS”

By CBR Staff Writer

The low-cost Macintosh expected from Apple Computer Inc sometime next quarter, will use a 68000 CPU and come with 1Mb standard which means it will run only System 6 of the Mac operating system – with TrueType fonts – unless upgraded with another 1Mb, reports Microbytes Daily. Key feature is that the box will be modular so that users can upgrade with third-party colour monitors, hard disks, and more cheaply than with the usual Apple add-on prices – useful in Germany where it is illegal to force staff to work in front of a 9 screen. It will also offer some form of Apple II emulator, and the diskless base model is expected to be around $800. Meanwhile the TrueType font set Apple co-developed with Microsoft is nearly ready and doesn’t need an intelligent printer, as does PostScript so LaserWriter-style output can be had from a $1,000 LaserJet clone or a 24-pin matrix printer.

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