discontinuation in March 1998 the price was set at US$1,995 - either at, or below, the cost of production.
The TAM featured a 250 MHz 603e processor, 12.1" active matrix LCD powered by an ATI 3D Rage II video chipset,
with 2MB of VRAM capable of displaying up to 16bit color at 800x600 or 640x480 pixels, a 4x vertically mounted
SCSI CD-ROM, 2GB ATA hard drive, vertically mounted Apple Floppy SuperDrive, as well as a TV/FM tuner, S-Video
card, and a custom-made Bose sound system, including 2 "Jewel" speakers and a subwoofer built into the externally
located power supply "base unit".
Finally, the TAM came with a special 75 key ADB keyboard which featured leather palm-rests and a trackpad instead
of a mouse. The trackpad could be detached from the keyboard if desired, with a small leather insert found
underneath the keyboard ready to fill the gap. Due to its size (and its origins) the keyboard does not feature a
numeric keypad. When not required, the keyboard could slide under the TAM's head unit, leaving the trackpad exposed
for continued access. The TAM came with a remote control (standard with the Apple TV/FM Tuner card), but also featured
buttons on the front panel that could control sound levels, CD playback, brightness, contrast, and TV mode. The pre-
installed operating system was System 7.6.1 (requiring the TAM's special CD for installation), but this could be
upgraded as far as Mac OS 9.1.
In order to accommodate further features, the TAM came with a tight-fitting 7 inch PCI slot and also a Apple
Communication slot II for the addition of Ethernet. Later G3 upgrade options offered by Sonnet and NewerTechnologies
make use of the TAM's Level II Cache slot, which allow the computer to reach speeds of up to 500MHz. All of these
options come at the price of the TAM's slim profile. The back panel must be removed, and replaced with an (included)
"hunchback" cover that adds several extra inches to the depth of the machine.
Apple manufactured only 12,000 TAMs, and then literally broke the molds. While 399 were held for spare parts, the
remaining 11,601 were sold in only 5 countries around the world - USA, Japan, France, Germany, and the UK. Ten TAMs
were sent to Apple Australia, and while 2 were given away as prizes to the public, and 1 put on display in Apple's
Sydney HQ, the remainder went to Apple Australia executives.
Both of Apple's founders, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, received a TAM. When "Woz" allowed people to see into his
office via webcam in the late 1990s, you could see his TAM on his desk.