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Today in Apple hi: The first portable Macintosh arrives

September 20, 1989: Apple has released a trial version of PowerBook's PowerBook, Macintosh Portable, introducing the world to a battery-powered Mac.

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Macintosh Portable: Migrate to Mac for Mobile

Development on a portable Mac is actually before the start of the original Macintosh. Jef Raskin, a Mac project innovator, conceived the Macintosh as a portable computer.

However, as Steve Jobs took over the work of the project, this ideal has retreated. The only nod of shipping portability in the Macintosh in 1984 was a handle for carrying.

Macintosh Portable sucks laptop of that era
Mac Portable sucks laptop of that era.
Photo: Register

Jobs tried to convince Apple that Board Mac was called "BookMac" in April 1985, but he left the company beforehand.

However, the idea eventually revived, bringing Macintosh Portable.

Compared with today's ultra-thin Apple laptop, Macintosh Portable looks almost comicably heavy. It is tired with a weight of 15.8 pounds. The first portable Mac measured over 4 inches thick and occupied a 225.7 square inch desk (or lap) real estate.

Macintosh Portable, like many Macs, occupied the so-called "upper right" quadrant of the market, especially like that era. We offered sophisticated technology, but it was offered at premium price.

The device is $ 6,500 for $ 1989 and today is $ 12,600 or more. If you added a hard drive and a modem, this has increased by $ 448.

Fortunately, Macintosh Portable brought impressive specifications according to the standards of the times. If you want to get rival computers with comparable performance, the price was not too absurd.

Macintosh portable specification

By design, Macintosh Portable with 68 MHz CPU at 16 MHz was really faster than Mac SE and Macintosh II which dominated Apple 's desktop line – up at the time. It also includes a luxurious 9.8 inch active matrix LCD display that provides 640 x 400 pixels of black and white graphics. In the subsequent upgrades, backlighting was installed in Mac Portable, but battery life has halved.

This was the first Mac with a preinstalled operating system that is standard today.

Mac Portable
The first Mac you can carry with a (heavy) bag.
Photo: Apple

Reflecting the Macintosh 's job strategy with Apple, Mac and Portable was easily upgradable thanks to the expansion slots.

In contrast to today's Apple devices, opening the Macintosh Portable makes it easy to just push the two buttons on the back of the case. It began to lid without the need for a driver.

However, Macintosh Portable does not have that critic. Like the original Mac, it became critically better than it was done commercially. It was not until the launch after the PowerBook that Apple actually started to find its groove on mobile computers.

Mac Portable suffered from a strange strange habit like not working with AC power alone, but a huge battery could last up to 10 hours running with a single charge.

Mac Portable: Future but defective

After all, Macintosh Portable has been loved by a certain group of users, although many Apple products since then, innovative, slightly flawed. Sadly, they did not represent enough market segments to make it hit.

Nonetheless, given the overwhelming majority of today's Apple income coming from mobile devices, it will be hard to argue that the company has not taken the appropriate path with this product. Mac Portable is too early in weight (too heavy) in just a few years.

Do you remember Macintosh Portable? Leave your comments and recollections below.

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