By Harry McCracken | Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:11 pm
On September 20th 1989, Apple announced its first true portable computer, which it called–logically enough–the Macintosh Portable. And ever since, folks have been tearing it down: It was too big and heavy, the screen was hard to read, and it offered too little for too much money. Whenever anyone starts to list Apple’s worst flops, you can be pretty sure the Portable will come up.
Only one person I know, however, has literally torn down the Mac Portable. That would be computer historian extraordinaire Benj Edwards, who not only owns a vintage example but dissected it on his workbench. He documented the process with photographs, and I’m delighted to say that we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of this unusual but important Apple computer with his report on what he found–from a huge honkin’ lead-acid battery to the signatures of the Mac engineering team.