Today in Apple history: The first portable Macintosh arrives


Remember the Macintosh Portable?
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 tuesday-3September 20, 1989: Apple releases the Macintosh Portable, its pre-PowerBook attempt at introducing the world to a battery-powered Mac you could take on the move.

At a time when Tim Burton’s Batman was still flying high in theaters, and Madonna was shocking audiences at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, this ahead-of-its-time product laid the groundwork for Apple’s later laptop revolution.

This Is Hacking! Vintage Macintosh Portable Now Runs OS X [Video]



Ah, the venerable old Macintosh Portable. First introduced in 1989, the $6,500 wasn’t just a milestone in that it was the first battery-powered portable Mac, but it was also the first laptop ever used to send an email in space.

I’ve always been fond of the cute, suitcase-y design of the Portable Macintosh, so I’m delighted to see that some industrious hacker has given it a new life by gutting it and transplanting the innards of a Toshiba NB100 netbook inside. Some truly advanced soldering later, and you have, for all appearances, a pristine Macintosh Portable that can also run OS X Mountain Lion.

Check out this full video tour…