Macintosh IIfx: Looking back at the 1990 speed machine

Macworld Australia Staff
21 November, 2014
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Macintosh IIfx, apple, mac pro, macworld australiaMacworld Australia is coming up to its 30th birthday and we are looking back over the last three decades at how the Apple-centric world has evolved. From the price and size of computers to the apps that needed them to run, the landscape has changed exponentially.

The scene in 1990 saw the Macintosh IIfx, launched in March that year, start at $13,995 in Australia for the basic model with 4Mb of RAM and a SuperDrive floppy disk. If you were after a little more power, you could purchase the 4Mb/160Mb hard drive model for $16,995. It was the fastest Macintosh at the time, drawing comments from Macworld Australia’s April issue such as “Apple Computer unveils the swiftest and costliest Mac yet”.

The applauded Macintosh measured 13.97 x 47.5 x 36.58cm, weighed 10.9kg and supported Mac OS 6.0 to Mac OS 7.6.1.

“The latest member of an increasingly elitist product line is the Macintosh IIfx, an engineering tour de force that combines a fast clock rate, an exotic memory design and specialised coprocessors to leave every other Mac in the dust,” stated the April 1990 issue.

Despite Apple being seen today as a manufacturer of premium products, the company no longer sells a Mac for more than $13,000, with the fully maxed-out Mac Pro priced at $12,029. While the Mac Pro is slightly cheaper, they both stood at the top of the Apple computer lineup in their day, here’s how things have changed.



To celebrate we are announcing the Macworld Reunion hardcover book that delves into the life and times of Macworld‘s 30-year history, the major product events that have changed so many Australian lives and the staff that have made this magazine the continued success that it is. From product launches to unforgettable moments, this book covers the history of Apple in Australia and is a must-have companion for all fans.

Hitting the shelves in April 2015, the Macworld Reunion hardcover book is available for pre-order now until 30 November for $49.95 including postage. Get your piece of Apple history here.



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