From: m...@baka.ithaca.ny.us (Mark Anbinder)
Subject: Macintosh Quadra 950
Date: 18 May 1992 13:36:39 -0500
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Apple Computer, Inc.
Apple Unveils Macintosh Quadra 950
CUPERTINO, California--May 18, 1992--In line with its goal to bring
products to market faster, Apple Computer, Inc. today introduced the
new Apple Macintosh Quadra 950, a new high-end member of the
Macintosh Quadra personal computer line unveiled just seven months
ago at fall Comdex.
Apple believes the Macintosh Quadra 950, built around the 33MHz
Motorola 68040 microprocessor, integrates more standard features than
any other personal computer available in the PC industry.
"With the introduction of the Macintosh Quadra line last fall, we
took a significant step towards fulfilling the needs of customers
with complex computing requirements," said Fred Forsyth, senior vice
president and general manager of the Macintosh Hardware Division.
"The new Macintosh Quadra 950 offers even higher performance and
functionality, yet retains all the ease-of-use features Macintosh
customers have come to expect.
"The Macintosh Quadra 950 is an excellent choice for publishers and
media integration professionals who need one computer that can
rapidly handle everything from large document management and word
processing to complex graphics, video, animation and sound," Forsyth
added. "It also performs very well in architectural and engineering
settings where high-speed 3D modeling, rendering and graphics
simulation tasks are often needed."
The floor-standing Macintosh Quadra 950 provides built-in features
such as on-board 24-bit color, high-speed Ethernet networking, sound
input and output, microprocessor-based caching and floating point
processing. In benchmark tests using productivity applications
developed for both Windows and Macintosh, Ingram Laboratory found
that the Macintosh Quadra 950 was faster than 33MHz and 50MHz 486-
The Macintosh Quadra 950 is equipped with a high performance,
flexible graphics subsystem that provides on-board support of up to
16 bits per pixel (32,768 colors) images on all Apple displays,
including the Apple 21-inch Color Display. It is also capable of
delivering 24 bits per pixel or true-color (16.7 million colors)
images on Apple displays of up to 16-inches without adding an extra
The Macintosh Quadra 950, along with the rest of the Macintosh Quadra
line, features built-in, high-performance connections to Ethernet and
LocalTalk. Both connections offer the plug-and-play simplicity for
which Apple is known. For Ethernet connections, the Macintosh Quadra
line is equipped with an Apple Ethernet port and a media independent
connecting system that allows customers to use any standard Ethernet
media including thin coax, thick coax and twisted-pair wiring.
The Macintosh Quadra 950 offers a high perf
bus clock running at 25MHz. Higher I/O performance increases Ethernet
and LocalTalk throughput, permitting faster file access.
Macintosh Quadra 900 owners can upgrade to the Macintosh Quadra 950
by having a new logic board installed by an Apple authorized
reseller. In the United States, Apple will offer special pricing to
users upgrading from the Macintosh Quadra 900 to the Macintosh Quadra
950. Apple expects the upgrade kits to be available in the U.S. in
Macintosh Quadra 950 features:
-- RAM Expansion: 8MB of RAM expandable to 64MB using 4MB SIMMs;
-- Graphics Subsystem: High performance graphics support for all
Apple displays--true-color capability for 12-, 13- and 16-inch
displays, 16-bit color capability for all Apple displays, including
the Apple 21-inch Color Display, support for some third-party 19-inch
displays, additional support for VGA, Super VGA, PAL and NTSC modes;
-- NuBus Expansion: 5 slots;
-- Sound: Sound input (microphone included) and stereo sound output;
-- SuperDrive: 1.4MB floppy with the ability to read and write other
such as Windows/DOS, OS/2 and ProDOS;
-- High-Capacity Hard Disk Drive: New high performance 230 MB hard
disk drive configuration;
-- System 7.0.1: Hardware-only system software release that supports
the Macintosh Quadra line, PowerBook line, and Classic II;
-- A/UX: Support for A/UX 3.0, which offers POSIX-compliant access to
Macintosh, UNIX, X Window, OSF/Motif (from Integrated Computer
Solutions) and MS-DOS (using SoftPC from Insignia Solutions)
-- Storage Capacity: Up to four 5.25" half-height SCSI devices, two
of which can have front panel access for removable media--CD ROM,
magneto-optical, cartridge drives, etc.;
-- Large Power Budget: A 300-watt power supply which provides
increased power for the five NuBus slots and four internal SCSI
-- Key Lock: Three modes of operation--on, off and lock. Lock mode
disables the floppy disk drive, mouse and keyboard operations.
In addition to introducing the Macintosh Quadra 950, Apple also
reduced the U.S. manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its
Macintosh Quadra 700 computers by up to 8.8%. The new MSRP is
effective today in the U.S.
Pricing and Availability
The Apple Macintosh Quadra 950 will be available through authorized
Apple resellers worldwide. Both the Macintosh Quadra 950 and the 700
come equipped with Macintosh System 7.0.1 software, HyperCard 2.1
software, microphone, complete documentation, training software and a
one-year limited warranty. MSRP, configurations, and availability in
the U.S. are as follows:
Product/Configuration MSRP Availability
Macintosh Quadra 950 8MB RAM/floppy $ 7,199 Immediate
Macintosh Quadra 950 8MB RAM/230MB Hard Disk $ 8,499 Immediate
Macintosh Quadra 950 8MB RAM/400MB Hard Disk $ 9,199 Immediate
Macintosh Quadra 950 A/UX 8MB RAM/400MB
Hard Disk $ 10,208 Immediate
Macintosh Quadra 950 Logic Board Upgrade kit $ 1,499* July
Previous New $ Change % Change
Macintosh Quadra 700 4MB/Floppy $5,699 $5,199 $500 -8.8
Macintosh Quadra 700 4MB/80MB $6,399 $5,899 $500 -7.8
Macintosh Quadra 700 4MB/230MB $6,999 $6,499 $500 -7.1**
Macintosh Quadra 700 4MB/400MB $7,699 $7,199 $500 -6.5
(Prices, availability and configurations may vary outside the U.S.)
*The logic board upgrade, which carries a suggested retail price of
$3,000, will be offered at $1,499 until December 28, 1992.
**Denotes new hard disk configuration.
Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, LocalTalk, and AU/X are registered
trademarks; and Macintosh Quadra, PowerBook and SuperDrive are
trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Classic is a registered trademark
licensed to Apple Computer, Inc. HyperCard is a registered trademark
of Apple Computer, Inc. licensed to Claris Corp. UNIX is a
registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories. NuBus is a
trademark of Texas Instruments. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft
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