Apple Macintosh Portable

The Macintosh Portable was Apple omputer's first attempt at making a portable Macintosh personal computer that held the power of a desktop Macintosh.

Released in 1989, it was received with excitement from most critics but with very poor sales to consumers. Seemingly no expense was spared in the construction of the machine. It featured a black and white active-matrix LCD screen in a hinged cover that covered the keyboard when the machine was not in use. The mouse function was handled by a built-in trackball that could be removed and located on either side of the keyboard. It used expensiveSRAM in an effort to maximize battery life.
 
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Macintosh Portable

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 68000, 16
PMMU: none
FPU: none
Data Path: 16, 16
L1 Cache: none
L2 Cache: none
2nd Processor: none
Slots: modem
USB:  
ADB: 1
Video: HDI-15
Floppy: DB-19
SCSI: DB-25
Geoports:  
Ethernet: none
FireWire:  
Mic Type: none
AirPort Ready:  
Other Ports: Printer
Modem
Speaker
,
Max Watts: 5
Amps: .13
BTU per Hr: 17.1
Voltage: 70-270
Freq Range: 48-62 Hz
Battery Type: lead acid
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 1 MB
RAM Slots: 1, Portable
Min - Max RAM: 1MB - 8 MB
Min RAM Speed: 100
RAM Sizes: 1-8 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Resolution Video Memory
built-in LCD screen
(built in)
512 x 384 n/a-bit
640 x 400 1-bit
640 x 480 n/a-bit
800 x 600 n/a-bit
832 x 624 n/a-bit
1024 x 768 n/a-bit
1152 x 870 n/a-bit
1280 x 1024 n/a-bit

Notes: Some systems have a backlit screen.
Physical Software Storage
Introduced: 9/20/1989
Discontinued: 10/21/1991
Form Factor: Portable
Gestalt ID: 10
Weight (lbs): 15.8
Dimensions (in): 4.05 H x 15.25 W x 14.83 D
Notes: Support Discontinued 9/1/98
Addressing Modes: 24-bit
Orig SSW: 6.0.4
Orig Enabler: none
ROM ID: $0378
ROM Ver: n/a
ROM Size: 256K
AppleTalk Ver: 52
Mac OS
Supported:
6.0.5
6.0.7
6.0.8
7.0
7.0.1
7.1
7.1.1 (Pro)
7.5
6.0.4
7.5.1
7.5.3
7.5.5
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: auto
Min. Int HD Size: 0-40MB
Int HD Interface: SCSI
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support:  

 

Information from http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=112174
 
Relevant Magazines : 
Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - October 1989 October 1989
Byte October 1989 October 1989

Manufacturer: Apple
Date: 1st September 1989

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH582. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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