Apple Introduces the Macintosh Plus
Apple Introduces the Macintosh Plus
The Macintosh Plus (P/N M2503) is the newest Macintosh personal computer. Its
- One Full Megabyte of Memory. With one full megabyte of RAM available
(expandable to four megabytes when larger capacity chips are available), the
Macintosh Plus can accommodate memory intensive application programs. Large
models, documents, and data bases are easily handled.
- 800K of Storage Capacity. Twice the storage capacity of the 400K disk
drive, the 800K drive stores more system programs and applications on a dual-sided
3.5 disk and still leaves space for data files. The 800K drive operates at twice
the speed of the 400K drive.
- A High Speed Peripheral Port. Equipped with a Small Computer Systems
Interface (SCSI) port, the Macintosh Plus transfers data up to six times faster
through the SCSI port. Up to seven peripherals can be daisy-chained to the Macintosh
Plus at one time.
- A Fast, Efficient Operating System. A new 128K ROM has been added to the
Macintosh Plus. It offers a Hierarchical File System that allows the Macintosh
Plus to operate faster and function more efficiently, improving overall system
- Cursor Keys and a Numeric Keypad. The Macintosh Plus features a keyboard
with cursor keys and a numeric keypad designed to accelerate data entry.
Connecting the Macintosh Plus to Apple peripherals and third-party peripherals
requires certain cables (See "Cables for Macintosh Plus" article).
To ensure that they get the best performance from the Macintosh Plus, users must
install the Macintosh Plus system software on all their application disks.
A program called the "Installer" on the Macintosh Plus System Tools disk makes installation
quick and easy. This diskette is bundled with every Macintosh Plus and Macintosh
Plus Disk Drive Kit. Additional information about the Installer is included in the
Macintosh Plus Owner's Guide, as well as in the 800K External Disk Drive Manual.
Recommend to customers that they make a working copy of each application on a double-sided
disk, and install the new system software on that disk.
Most Macintosh software packages do not have the Macintosh Plus system software.
The January 16 dealer (AppleGram) mailing includes software box stickers that remind
customers to use the Installer to update their startup disks. Apple-labeled
applications that must have stickers include: MacDraw, MacProject, MacTerminal,
Macintosh Pascal, Switcher, and Macintosh 68000 Development System. MacWrite and
MacPaint already have the new software and do not need stickers. Future shipments
of Apple-labeled software will have the sticker already applied.
AppleCare is available for the Macintosh Plus.
Cables for the Macintosh Plus
The following cables connect the Macintosh Plus personal computer to Apple peripherals
and third party peripherals:
- Apple System Peripheral-8 Cable (P/N M0187). This cable connects the Macintosh
Plus to the ImageWriter II Printer and the Apple Personal Modem. It can be ordered
as a finished goods item from your Apple Support Center.
- Macintosh Plus Peripheral Adapter Cable. This cable allows users to
connect the Macintosh Plus to popular third-party peripherals without discarding
their old cables. It can also be used to attach peripherals previously used
with the Macintosh 128K or 512K. This cable is included in the Macintosh Plus
Logic Board Upgrade Kit and can also be ordered as a service part number (699-0372)
from your Apple Support Center.
- Apple SCSI System Cable (P/N M2556). This cable links the Macintosh Plus
to the first SCSI peripheral. Additional peripherals are linked together
with Apple SCSI Peripheral Interface Cables (P/N M2557). If more length is needed
between peripherals, the one-meter SCSI Cable Extender (M2558) fills the need.
A SCSI Cable Terminator (M2559) is required in every SCSI configuration to help
filter the line. With more than one peripheral daisy-chained to the system,
SCSI Cable Terminators are used like bookends at the beginning and end of the
line of peripherals. SCSI cables can be ordered from your Apple Support Center.
- AppleTalk System Connector Kit (M2052). This links the Macintosh Plus to
the AppleTalk Personal Network. Customers who are upgrading their Macintosh
to the Macintosh Plus can choose between buying the AppleTalk System Connector
Kit or using the Macintosh Plus Peripheral Adapter Kit.
LaserWriter Plus Introduced
Available in February, the LaserWriter Plus has all the features and power of
the LaserWriter, in addition to seven new typefaces including ITC Avant Garde(TM),
ITC Bookman(TM), Helvetica Narrow, New Century Schoolbook, Palatino, ITC Zapf Dingbats(TM)
and ITC Zapf Chancery(TM). The LaserWriter Plus has an additional one megabyte of
ROM to enhance the power.
The LaserWriter Plus Kit (M0191) enables users to transform a LaserWriter into
a LaserWriter Plus. The kit contains:
- Sixteen 512K ROM chips containing 11 built-in type families;
- A Printer Installation Disk with print drives for the LaserWriter, Macintosh
128K with the LaserWriter, ImageWriter, and the AppleTalk ImageWriter option
soon to be available. All LaserWriter drivers on the system must be updated
with the Printer Installation Disk;
- A Fonts Disk that includes a copy of the Font/DA Mover and the screen fonts
for all printer fonts shipped in the LaserWriter Plus Kit;
- A revised LaserWriter Manual, describing all the new software features;
- A LaserWriter Plus label you can affix to the outside of the LaserWriter
after the ROMs have been installed.
AppleCare is available for the LaserWriter Plus.
Macintosh 800K External Disk Drive
The Macintosh 800K Disk Drive (M0131), for the Macintosh Plus and 512K,
features 800K of storage capacity. With the 800K Disk Drive, users can store multiple
system programs and applications on a dual-sided 3.5 inch disk while still leaving
plenty of room for data files. It operates at twice the speed of the 400K drive,
and is fully compatible with the 400K drive.
In order to use the Macintosh 512K with the 800K External Disk Drive, it is necessary
to update the system files. Software applications that do not have the Macintosh
Plus System Software must be updated using the "Macintosh System Update" enclosed
in the January 16 dealer (AppleGram) mailing.
An 800K External Disk Drive manual is included with the product, and AppleCare
Macintosh Plus Upgrade Available
Three Macintosh Plus Upgrade Kits enable customers to upgrade from a Macintosh
128K or a 512K to a Macintosh Plus.
The kits are as follows:
- The Macintosh Plus Disk Drive Kit (P/N M2516). Available at the end of February,
this kit includes an 800K Disk Drive, 128K ROM, and Macintosh Plus Systems Tools
Disk to update existing applications to work on the Macintosh Plus. This kit
exchanges the ROM chip and disk drive in the Macintosh 128K or 512K for the
new 800K Disk Drive and 128K ROM.
- The Macintosh Plus Logic Board Kit (P/N 2518). Available at the end of February,
this kit includes a digital board with one megabyte of RAM and a new back panel
to accomodate the external SCSI port, and a Macintosh Plus Owner's Guide and
information sheet. Also included is a Macintosh Plus Peripheral Adapter which
allows connection to Macintosh peripherals such as ImageWriter and popular third-party
peripherals. A Macintosh Plus Disk Drive is required in order to install the
Macintosh Plus Logic Board Kit.
- The Macintosh Plus Keyboard Kit (P/N M2519). Available in January,
this kit includes a keyboard with standard alpha layout, cursor keys, and a
numeric keypad for easy data entry. It requires no dealer installation.
Customers who have purchased Macintoshes or a Macintosh Memory Expansion Kit
between November 17, 1985 and January 15, 1986 will receive rebates off the purchase
of a Macintosh Plus Disk Drive Kit and Macintosh Plus Logic Board Kit.
If customers purchase AppleCare for the Macintosh, and if they upgrade the system
during the term of the agreement, the upgraded Macintosh is also covered under the
current agreement until the end of the term. At the end of the term, customers must
purchase AppleCare for the new upgraded system.