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A Macintosh LC 630

The Macintosh LC 630 (also sold as the Macintosh Performa 630) is a personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer from July 18, 1994 to April 1, 1995. A PowerPC 601 upgrade for it was marketed from November 3, 1994 to March 2, 1996.


While Apple's transition to PowerPC CPUs had already begun with the introduction of the Power Macintosh a few months prior, the Quadra 630 was built around the older Motorola 68040 processor. Two reasons were cited for this: One, the older chips were less expensive; and two, PowerPC-native education software was almost non-existent at the time. Also, existing PowerPC software had yet to be translated to non-English languages.[1]

The 630 was the last new Macintosh Quadra introduced, though the earlier Quadra 950 remained available longer. It was discontinued with no direct replacement; while the 630's form factor was retained with the Power Macintosh 6200 introduced a few months earlier, but with an entry price of $2,300 it cost nearly twice as much. The Power Macintosh 4400 was Apple's most inexpensive Power Macintosh, but at $1,725[2] still cost several hundred dollars more than the 630.


  1. Heid, Jim. "Multimedia Mac - A versatile new 68040 machine for small business, education, and the home", MacWorld Magazine, September 1994, pp. 98 - 103. 
  2. Geller, Tom. "Power Mac 4400 on par with clones in price and power", MacWEEK, February 17, 1997. 

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Macintosh LC series
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Discontinued in 1996 and merged into the Macintosh Performa series
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