Brand Macs, which almost forgot

Not surprisingly, the computers of the model series were produced during the year and two days, with almost half the time under an assumed name. During this time, the name of one of the models of this range became a household word, although it is already forgotten…

Of the obvious, and completely neutral, in my opinion, the fact of the fifth anniversary of the brand Macintosh II, Apple made a conclusion about the need to replace him with something more interesting and attractive. Modifications of the Macintosh II sold worse, but hardly because of their names.

Apparently, the decision on the complete elimination of the Mac II was influenced by the positive experience of the previous two years. Judge for yourself: in 1990, the company released the Macintosh LC, which was the cheapest modular Mac om that time, which was reflected in its model name: LC stood for “Low Cost”, that is, “cheap”. And, what do you think?

Its a very good buy. Even though it is incurable congenital malformations and not too good performance.

In 1991, Mac and 68040, for the first time in several years, exceeded the performance of the computers main competitors. They also “sold faster than they could produce,” according to an eyewitness. And calling them is not a Macintosh II, a Macintosh Quadra. Here it is, the truth!

And Apple had decided to develop another kind of Mac ‘s to fill their voids between cheap and powerful Quadra, LC, and call this model decided Centris. And puzzled engineers with the implementation of this ingenious concept.

A Macintosh II to leave in the past, stop and close.

Centris, the first model

The new brand has developed a housing in which are allocated a place to put a CD drive built-in type. This drive has already passed field tests, it was the AppleCD 300i. It was experimental, and it seems that the first embedded CD/ROM drive in the world.

Loading a disc in this drive was carried out using a special tray that we have in this country called “caddies”, or even “caddick”. In the United States and in Sweden his name was caddy.

It is a plastic box in which it was necessary to carefully lay optical disc, close the lid and everything is put into the opening of the drive. Caddick included in the delivery set of the model with the CD/ROM was stored separately and was lost and brought into a state of disrepair, it was a real problem…

But the built-in CD-ROM drive – it was so good.

And body work, and the computer itself too, though for performance, it is inferior to the Macintosh Iici, almost a third. In some comparative tests, it yielded even a long shot with the production of the Macintosh IIx. Engineering is the art of compromise, and this gap was the result of them. The requirement to make IIvx cheap was done.

Despite belonging to the brand Centris, the computer used the good old 68030, but haste is nothing to do with it: as it was intended. By whom and why – do not know.

In terms of price/performance this computer was the best in the history of the Macintosh platform. In the minimal configuration, with an empty space for CD/ROM, it only cost then $ 2949. 19 Oct 1992 computer was announced, and in a few weeks, began selling it…

Here only he was not called Centris XXX, and… the Macintosh IIvx.

As explained by John Scully, they are in such a hurry to release this computer that he was adopted before completion of the verification of legal purity of the brand in Montreal. And hurry with the release of what Scully did not speak, due to the fact that a couple of months before, he himself, speaking in Tokyo, with a fascinating speech about the prospects for the Macintosh platform, revealed too many unnecessary details, and engineers had to work day and night.

A rare case in the history of mankind: the rush did not affect the quality of the result. It was a real feat that was rewarded with a large cash prize.

Scully stressed several times that despite the fact that it is not Centris, Centris is exactly. A common noun but the name of the Macintosh IIvx was not because of this.

Together with the Macintosh IIvx was released, another computer, its almost twin, Macintosh IIvi, differing from it only two times lower clock frequency, the name and the lack of a coprocessor for floating point numbers. A place for co-processor on the motherboard was empty, the customer can buy it himself, insert into the connector and restart the computer. And swim in numbers with the comma in fun.

The Macintosh IIvi was intended for sales outside the United States, mainly in Europe and the Pacific, and all of its features needed only to ensure that in spite of the import duty the price has remained at thousands of dollars.

Centris 610 and Centris 650

10 Feb 1993, less than four months after the birth of a brand Centris, Apple announced the Macintosh Centris 610 and Macintosh Centris 650. First Centris in the world.

In October 1992, sculley emphasized that all those who buy IIvx, will protect their investments in computer technology for years to come. He stated this several times. Like as said.

If you forgot, in the minimum configuration of the Macintosh IIvx cost $ 2949.

Macintosh Centris 610 was offered in two configurations, both used the 68LC040 processor (a variant of the 68040 without a coprocessor for floating point numbers), with a clock frequency of 20 MHz. One PDS slot, which could be used as nubus slot, using an adapter PDS-to-as nubus, and so forth. The computer was produced in a new, specially developed for casing, 4 Megabytes of RAM was soldered on the motherboard. Centris was more productive than IIvx twice, but its configuration was worth 1860 2560 dollars.

Bought a IIvx for $ 2949, for example, 9 Feb 1993, should have been happy. Compare 1860 $ …

However, not all so clearly: the 610 was only one expansion slot, the Processor Direct Slot. Sorry for the attachments, but what to do…

But the Centris 650 was housed in the same housing (in the housing IIvx, as it is now called), was offered in three configurations, the youngest of them were used 68LC040, 68040 a full-fledged, all with a clock frequency of 25 MHz, the same PDS and 3 of these as nubus slot… Identical, except the processor the next generation.

Price: 2700 ($250 cheaper than the IIvx), 3400 and 3800 dollars.

It was a mockery of consumers, another unprecedented occurrence associated with the Centris, and, in any case, among the jargon in American English the word “IIvx-ed” denoting a similar phenomenon. It was not so much, I don’t remember any.

According to people who worked at that time Apple was not in all this malice, those who took the decision to simply “not cooked”. Didn’t know what they do.

Centris 660 AV

On July 29, was released one Mac Centris in the name of the latter. It was a Macintosh Centris 660 AV with 68040 overclocked to 25 MHz and with “enhanced audio-visual features”, for which part of the configuration included a processor digital signal processing (DSP) from AT&T.

The rest of Centris 660 AV was almost identical to the Centris 610.

Offered in two configurations, 2500 and 2900 dollars.

Centris completes the journey of life

October 21, 1993, without much sorrow, when Apple announced the closure of the project Centris, to cease production of the Macintosh IIvx (which was sold up to this point, for $ 1700, or somewhere around that amount), and the continuation of the release of the Centris 610 and 650 under the name Quadra 610 and Quadra 650.

Ironically, Centris not only destroyed the Macintosh II, but died with them in one day.

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