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The Macintosh Performa 630 was a consumer version of the Macintosh Quadra 630. It was part of Apple Computer's Performa series of Macintosh computers. It was introduced on July 18, 1994,[1] succeeding the Performa 600, and was discontinued in July 1995. Some later variants were discontinued in February 1996.

Features[]

The Performa 630 series contained a 33 MHz Motorola 68LC040 processor, which contained an internal core that ran at 66 MHz, but lacked a floating-point unit. Because the processor was socketed, it was possible to swap it for a full 68040 to be more like the Quadra 630.

Each 630 series computer had 4 MB soldered onto the logic board. Most had 1 SIMM slot to expand RAM up to 36 MB, though a few later models had 2 SIMM slots which allowed for up to 52 MB of RAM. Apple specified the first slot as being able to accept up to a 32 MB SIMM; the second (if available) could accept up to a 16 MB SIMM. Some users have reported success using larger SIMMs in the first slot, but only if they are single-banked.[2]

Each also contained a 32-bit LC-type processor direct slot, a Comm Slot, and a video-in connector that could accept a TV tuner/video input card.

The PowerPC-based Macintosh Performa 6200 and 6300 series continued using the 630-style case.

Variants[]

The 630 series spawned a plethora of variants, making the product line extremely confusing,[3] even for future CEO Steve Jobs.[4]

  Performa model Introduced Discontinued RAM SIMM slots CD-ROM  Other features / notes
  630 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 4 MB 1 No
  630CD 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 4 MB 1 Yes   Same as Macintosh LC 630.
  630CD DOS Compatible 1995-05-14 1995-07-01 4 MB 1 Yes   Includes DOS compatibility card. International markets only.
  631CD 1995-07-17 1996-02-01 8 MB 2 Yes   Bundled with modem & 15" display.
  635CD 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 5 MB 1 Yes   Bundled with modem & 15" display.
  636 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 8 MB 1 No   Bundled with modem.
  636CD 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 8 MB 1 Yes   Bundled with modem. Higher education market only.
  637CD 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 8 MB 1 Yes   Bundled with modem & 14" display. Higher education market only.
  638CD 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 8 MB 1 Yes   Bundled with modem & TV tuner/video input card.
  638CD/V 1994-07-18 1995-07-01 8 MB 1 Yes   Bundled with modem, 15" display & TV tuner/video input card.
  640CD DOS Compatible 1995-05-14 1996-02-01 8 MB 2 Yes   Includes DOS compatibility card; bundled with modem.

Included software[]

  • System 7.1.2P (July 1994 - Sep. 1994), 7.5 (Sep. 1994 - May 1995), 7.5.1 (after May 1995)
  • Finder 7.1.4 (July 1994 - May 1995), 7.5.1 (after May 1995)
  • LaserWriter 7.1.2
  • CD-ROM (includes Apple CD-ROM, Foreign File Access, Apple Photo Access, etc.)
  • QuickTime 2.0
  • Sound Manager
  • Apple Video Player
  • Macintosh Drag 'n' Drop
  • Macintosh PC Exchange
  • At Ease 2.0 (July 1994 - Sep. 1994), 2.0.3 (after September 1994)
  • AppleTalk
  • American Heritage Dictionary
  • ClarisWorks v2.1 (July 1994 - May 1995), v3.0 (after May 1995)
  • eWorld
  • Quicken v4.0 from Intuit (July 1994 - May 1995), v5.0 (after May 1995)
  • Kid Works 2 from Davidson & Associates
  • Thinkin' Things from Edmark
  • The Writing Center from The Learning Company
  • Spectre Challenger
  • Spin Doctor Lite
  • The New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (1994 models only) The 1995 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (1995 models only)
  • Electronic Arts 3D Atlas v1.1
  • The Family Doctor 3rd Edition
  • Wacky Jacks CD Game Show from Zenda
  • Dole Five-a-Day Adventure
  • Software Dispatch (July 1994 - Sep. 1994), Club KidSoft (after Sep. 1994)

Optional software from Software Dispatch / Club KidSoft[]

  • EA*Kids Art Center from Electronic Arts
  • Peter Pan: A Story Painting Adventure from Electronic Arts
  • Flying Colors from Davidson & Associates
  • Hello Kitty Big Fun Deluxe from Sanrio and Big Top Productions
  • Lemmings from Psygnosis

References[]

  1. Today in Apple history: Multimedia Macs take on the world by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac. 2021-07-18.
  2. Quadra 630, Low End Mac. 1994-07-18.
  3. Other false starts, by Marcia Amidon Lusted, Apple: The Company and Its Visionary Founder, Steve Jobs p.57. 2012-08-01.
  4. Steve Jobs - Apple Product Matrix Strategy 1997, by JackIsBack15, YouTube. 2010-01-13.

External links[]

Macintosh Performa series
Macintosh Performa 200 | 250 | 275
Macintosh Performa 400 · 405 · 410 · 430 | 450 | 460 · 466 · 467 | 475 · 476
Macintosh Performa 520 | 550 · 560 | 575 · 577 · 578 | 580 · 588
Macintosh Performa 600 | 630 · 631 · 635 · 636 · 637 · 638 · 640
Macintosh Performa 5200 · 5210 · 5215 · 5220 | 5260 · 5270 · 5280 | 5300 · 5320 | 5400 · 5410 · 5420 · 5430 · 5440
Macintosh Performa 6110 · 6112 · 6115 · 6116 · 6117 · 6118
Macintosh Performa 6200 · 6205 · 6210 · 6214 · 6216 · 6218 · 6220 · 6230 | 6260 · 6290 | 6300 · 6310 · 6320 | 6360
Macintosh Performa 6400 · 6410 · 6420
Discontinued in 1997 and superseded by the iMac G3
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