2010 11" MacBook Air next to a 1989 Macintosh Portable

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My boss Clinton Logan over at MobileAge got a himself new 11" MacBook Air and had to compare it against his 1989 Macintosh Portable.

The screen sizes appear to be close to the same, but that's about where the similarities end.

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  1. Michael T. Rose 54 months ago | reply


    Mind if we post it on TUAW, with full credit & a link?

  2. McCarron 54 months ago | reply

    Awesome! Go ahead, I updated the description a bit as it’s my boss’s machine not mine and wanted to give him proper credit.

  3. Japester68 54 months ago | reply

    It's interesting how the aspect ratio was wide on the Portable at a time dominated by 4:3. Is it actually 16:9?

  4. patrickrhone 54 months ago | reply

    This is every kind of awesome. Patrick, you know I have to do a "what we believe in" post on Minimal Mac, right?

  5. toddg42 54 months ago | reply

    This page says it was a 9.8" monochrome display, though the resolution isn't listed...


    ...and it weighed almost 16 pounds!! Jeesh!

  6. Yomatiase 54 months ago | reply

    Here are the specs

    CPU: Motorola MC68000
    CPU Speed: 16 MHz
    FPU: none
    Bus Speed: 16 MHz
    Register Width: 32-bit
    Data Bus Width: 16-bit
    Address Bus Width: 32-bit
    ROM: 256 kB
    RAM Type: proprietary
    Minimum RAM Speed: 100 ns
    Onboard RAM: 1 MB
    RAM slots: 1
    Maximum RAM: 8 MB

    Screen: 1-bit active matrix (backlit after 2/91)
    Max Resolution: 640x400

    Hard Drive: optional 40 MB
    Floppy Drive: 1 or 2 1.4 MB SuperDrive

    ADB: 1
    Serial: 2 Mini DIN-8
    SCSI: DB-25
    Audio Out: stereo 8 bit mini
    Speaker: mono

    Power: 5 Watts
    Dimensions: 4.05" H x 15.25" W x 14.83" D
    Weight: 15.8 lbs.

    Announced in September 1989, The Mac Portable was Apple's first attempt at a more easily portable Macintosh. It had a bay for a 3.5" half-height drive, and could support up to two Super Drives. Reaction to the Portable was poor. It was clunky, slow, had no expansion capabilities, and its active matrix screen (later backlit) made it incredibly expensive. It sold for $6,500.

    Source: Apple-history

  7. Jezlyn26 54 months ago | reply

    I love computer history stuff like this! Wish I had one of these old Macintosh Portables...

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