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Apple Macintosh Portable

Manufacturer Apple
Model Macintosh Portable
Date Announced 1989
Date Canceled 1991 (replaced with an updated model)
Number Produced Tens of thousands
Country of Origin USA
Price $6,500 base, $7,300 with hard drive
Current Value $100+
Processor Low power Motorola 68000
Speed 16 MHz
Storage 3.5" floppy, optional 40MB hard drive
Expansion Additional RAM via proprietary card
Bus SCSI port on back
Video 640x400 black and white
I/O SCSI, Serial
OS Options Mac OS6 and OS7
Notes Apple was fairly late to the laptop scene and the Macintosh Portable was their initial offering. It was big for a laptop (the batteries alone weighed 2 lbs) but it was a Mac for the road.
Related Items in Collection Apple Macintosh and other Apple products.
Related Items Wanted Working batteries, docs, additional software.

The Apple Mac Portable in my collection is in great physical shape but it fails to boot (comes up with a sad Mac when it comes up at all.) It's going to need some help down the line.

Interior of Apple Mac Portable

(Submitted April 27, 2012 01:03:25 by Todd)

I am looking to purchase some items. I am looking for a Macintosh potable and an apple iii computer. I am building my own apple collection of vintage apple computers. If you have any apple computers for sale please email me at

(Submitted April 18, 2012 16:26:30 by Stanley)

Anyone mignt now why my Macintosh Portable oesn't boot? It wil not boot with either the battery ot the AC Adapter.

(Submitted February 1, 2012 00:51:41 by Christopher Howard)

I have one that I'm willing to part with. Lat time I check the battery was good enough to let it boot. Send me email if interested.

(Submitted October 6, 2011 04:28:43 by Emanuele Cantoni)

I have a macintosh portable1989 and a macintosh II to sell. both working. anyone knows where i can place them on the net? thank you

(Submitted December 13, 2010 06:05:36 by Chzechoslovakia)

anyone interested in a macbook pro (2010) for a macintosh portable? any condition will work.

(Submitted November 15, 2010 17:23:50 by Rindie)

I have one. Last time I tried to turn it on it didn't power on, but it could have been sitting so long the 9v battery could have died. I will change the battery, try again and repost if anyone wants it

(Submitted October 26, 2010 14:57:22 by Ben Fleet)

Anyone have a Mac Portable to sell? If so: - model # - cosmetic condition, inside and out -- cracks, scratches, chips, discolorations, blemishes, rust, corrosion - any missing pieces or parts, inside and out? - keyboard, trackball function (how do they depress and roll if computer won't boot?) - if bootable, do all the keys and trackball work normally? - screen function, quality - price + shipping/handling?

Put it on eBay with photos?

Thanks, Ben

(Submitted October 7, 2010 23:49:16 by Matt Gabriel)

Mine had, like, 6 hours worth of battery life. with backlight blazing. Closer to 8-9 with it off. It had a hyyyuuuuge lead-acid battery that was easy to swap, too, as it had a 9-volt to keep the RAM going in sleep mode.

There were 3rd-party 8mb memory cars available for it, and a modem card. The trackball was truly above par in terms of feel and sensitivity - I doubt it's equal has been made. They keyboard was nice, too, but I hated the Apple arrow-key layout.

Note - the monitor port in the back was completely non- functional and would blow the MB if you tried to hook something up to it.

(Submitted March 17, 2010 12:52:37 by Brian Deuel)

The later revision of the Portable added back lighting to the LCD. If I recall, the machine won't boot without the battery present, but it's been years since I played with one...

(Submitted December 21, 2009 11:59:09 by Smithy UK)

I remember these, SO much better than the IBM portable - light- years ahead and really showed the way forward. Typical Apple. Very poor battery life and no backlight made it less useful. But the introduction of the powerbook series put that right. Love it, great site, showing my kids al the old kit we used in the 80s....

(Submitted December 2, 2009 11:08:29 by Alan Beck)

What about the Timex Sinclair 1000? I had one and I have nothing to give you.


(Submitted November 29, 2009 11:01:54 by Zane)

Anybody have one of these they're wanting to get rid of?

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