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12-27-2010, 03:08 AM #1
Prototype Macintosh Portable Available on eBay
Another piece of Apple history is up for sale on eBay, a Macintosh Portable. This unit is a prototype and was not intended for resale. The Mac Portable was Apples first attempt at building a Mac that could be taken with you. There have been quite a few auctions recently offering historic Apple computers. If these auctions are any indication, then this unit should fetch more than its $1750 starting price.
According to the seller, “the label on the bottom notes that it is intended for demonstration purposes only and does not include the necessary certifications.” This Mac Portable is said to be an “absolutely mint, flawless, clean prototype.” Unfortunately, the unit does not turn on at the moment. This is probably due to the age of the unit’s lead acid battery.
This type of battery is not produced anymore and the Mac Portable will not boot without a functional battery. The Mac Portable was widely criticized at the time for its inability to boot up from an AC outlet without an installed battery. Workarounds for this are possible and whoever ends up with this unit will have to put in a little extra work in order to get this Mac Portable working again.
The Apple Macintosh Portable shares a similar architecture to the Mac SE, using a different housing and battery, of course. It was considered portable at the time, but at 16 pounds and 4 inches thick, you could hardly just throw one into a bag on your way to a coffee shop.
The Mac Portable was discontinued in October of 1991 and was soon replaced with something more recognizable by today’s standards, the PowerBook 100 series. Digging up a Macintosh Portable, is sort of like unearthing dinosaur bones; pretty cool to look at and have, but not really that useful in the modern world. Still, the fact that this early prototype is available on eBay will surely make some Mac fan a happy camper this holiday season.
Source: 9to5 Mac
Last edited by Cer0; 12-28-2010 at 01:02 AM.
12-27-2010, 03:14 AM #2
Why are so many old apple products being resold???
12-27-2010, 03:58 AM #3
nope, wouldnt buy one.
12-27-2010, 04:20 AM #4
Hahahahaha, "16 lbs", that REALLY makes you think that the iPad is a welter weight!!! Even though mine seems to be very heavy at times. Wow!!! Imagine if the iPad weighed that much....and back then, that was the shizznit!!!
12-27-2010, 04:49 AM #5
Bring it to me, I can fix that...
12-27-2010, 05:18 AM #6
I have one of these mint, but same problem of non functioning battery. Anybody got an idea what it might be worth?
Is there a method of fixing battery or replacing it? I'd love to see this machine in operation if only for the nostalgia!
Last edited by khitomer; 12-28-2010 at 04:33 AM.
12-27-2010, 09:03 AM #7
To me it's worth nothing....
12-27-2010, 09:20 AM #8
I am sure it was cool in its time...
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12-27-2010, 11:21 AM #12
WTF...... I have seen similiar at pawn shops for like 100 and in good shape and non booting as well.
Time to go searching and ebaying.
Maybe as listed as prototype worth more but who knows.
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12-28-2010, 12:57 AM #16
Am I really the first to point out... "fictional battery"... Where "functional" Should be
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