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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    Are Apple's lawyers getting ready to go on vacation? For the second time in as many days, the company has agreed to settle a lingering class action suit.

    On Thursday, it was a pair of complaints out of Canada that 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation iPods were delivering something like three hours of music, not eight hours as advertised. Although one case was granted class action status and the other wasn't, Apple (AAPL) MORE

    - May 9, 2008 3:25 PM ET
  • Report: Apple Gains 29% Share of $$$ Notebooks

    Drilling down into Apple's (AAPL) recent string of boffo quarterly reports, analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. of Bernstein Research finds both strength and vulnerability in Steve Jobs' relentless pursuit of high-margin computer sales.

    In his second report since Bernstein initiated coverage of Apple (see here for the first one), Sacconaghi notes that:

    Apple's global PC market share has increased in 10 of the last 11 quarters,
    unit sales have grown 28% or MORE

    - Oct 11, 2007 7:12 AM ET
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