Evolution of the Apple Laptop

The Macintosh Portable (1989)

15.8lb "portable" machine

black and white LCD

full sized keyboard

trackball mouse

10 hours of battery life

$6,500 price tag

discontinued in 1991

CPU Speed (MHz) 16MHz

Power (Watts) 6W

Powerbook 100 series (1991)

First notebook computer to position the keyboard close to the display,leaving room for palm rests and trackball at the bottom of the device.(the standard for notebook computers,and continues to be used today)

CPU Speed (MHz) 16MHz

Power (Watts) 17W

Powerbook 500 Series (1994)

Introduced innovative features now common on all notebooks

Active-matrix LCD display

Stereo sound

Built in Ethernet


CPU Speed (MHz) 25MHz

Power (Watts) 40W

Powerbook 5300 Series (1995)

Dubbed the "Hindenbook" due to a problem with exploding batteries that resulted in a recall

Considered by most to be the worst computer Apple has ever shipped

Apple's first notebook to feature Power PC processor

CPU Speed (MHz) 100MHz

Powerbook 1400 (1996)

First notebook to feature a "built-in" CD-Rom drive Lid included a cover for storing papers,business cards,and sheets with patterns purchasable from Apple.

CPU Speed (MHz) 166MHz

Powerbook 3400 (1997)

Briefly the fastest notebook in the world

1st to feature PCI architecture,EDO memory,and a 64-bit wide internal bus

Lasted until November 1997

CPU Speed (MHz) 240MHz

Powerbook G3 (1998)

Released after Steve Jobs' return to the helm of Apple Debuted about the same time as the original iMac

Built-to-order laptop allowed users to customize their G3

The Wallstreet model marked the last use of the rainbow coloured Apple logo

CPU Speed (MHz) 292MHz

The lbook (1999)

Introduced clamshell design,earning the nickname "Toilet Seat"

First mainstream computer to be designed and sold with internal wireless networking

2001 iBook featured sleek,white,polycarbonate shell,inspiring products like the iPod

CPU Speed (MHz) 300MHz

Powerbook G4 (2000)

Came with a titanium skin,and a widescreen display(up to 17")

Billed as "the first supercomputer you can actually take with you on an airplane."

The system was light,and had better battery life than most of its contemporaries

Continued until 2006 when the name Powerbook was retired and Apple moved over to Intel based processors.

Power (Watts) 45W

Macbook Series (2006)

macbook replaced the iBook

Macbook Pro replaced the Powerbook

iSight camera built-in

Now standard magnetic latch mechanism

Glossary display and sunken keyboard

Each case constructed out of a single block of aluminium

Can run Windows and Linux operating systems in addition to Mac OS X

CPU Speed (MHz) 2000MHz

Power (Watts) 60W

Today's Macbook (2010)

Today's MacBooks are more refined and capable than ever.On current models an ambient light sensor activates the illuminated keyboard in low-light conditions.Every MacBook Pro has a pristine LED-backlit display with wideangle viewing and a color gamut usually seen only on a desktop display,and the longest-lasting Mac notebook battery ever with nearly three times the lifespan of typical notebook batteries.

CPU Speed (MHz) 2800MHz

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Evolution of the Apple Laptop

shared by PixelRoad on Feb 02, 2012 in Computers

Evolution of the Apple Laptop

shared by PixelRoad on Feb 02, 2012 in Computers


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