Short History of Apple Notebooks

Although I didn’t join the party until Apple moved to Unix with OS X, when I bought my first notebook in 2001 (a shiny white G3 iBook) — It’s still hard to believe that it is less than 20 years since Apple released their first hopeless attempt at a notebook computer: the dreadful 4-inch thick, 16-pound so-called Macintosh Portable. Probably more memorable for its membership of the PC World 25 Worst Tech Products of all Time, or for being so portable that it featured on the cover of MacUser magazine being used on an airbed in a swimming pool by a swimsuit model, than for any actual redeeming qualities of its own:

Since then, Apple have put out a new model every 12 months on average, with 19 distinct notebook models coming out of Cupertino since 1989. But most surprising of all (intel transition aside) the basic design of the Macbook Pro is barely changed since the release of the PowerBook Titanium in 2001:

In a little over 24hrs, we can look forward to the announcement of what will hopefully turn out to be the radical game changing product transition Peter Oppenheimer warned of in the last quarterly conference call with investors, and will finally put an end to the current round of rumor-mongering.

Perhaps, with new high tech heat dissipation and power management, we even see an end to unfortunate incidents of crotch burn and be allowed to call our portable computers laptops once again.

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