Mac Portable Turns 20

The first-ever mobile Mac is dissected, explained, and weighed against today’s portables to appreciate the progress we’ve made.

The Underestimated Portable

Today, a powerful and efficient laptop computer is available for less than two thousand dollars, and most of us in the technological age own at least one of them. In 1989, when portable technology was in its infancy, portables were far less affordable. When Apple’s Macintosh Portable was released on September 20 of that year, the original selling price was an immodest $6,500 to $7, 300. In 2009 dollars, that translates to almost $13,000 at the high end.

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