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Spotlight on Apple notebooks: 1989 to 2008

October 12, 2008: 9:10 AM ET

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Apple will unveil the latest addition to a long line of portable computers that dates back nearly 20 years -- to the ungainly, 15.8-pound "Macintosh Portable" that PC World named the 17th worst technology product of all time. (link)

Apple's notebook offerings have come a long way since 1989. They now outsell Apple desktop machines by nearly 65%. In Q3, they accounted for 29% of Apple's (AAPL) total revenue. (See All eyes on the MacBook.)

To commemorate Cupertino's notebook computers past and present (they run too hot these days to be safely designated "laptops"), we've assembled the photo gallery that appears below the fold.

[Thanks to MacTracker and dave~ for doing the heavy lifting.]

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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