Macintosh Portable vs iPad 2

Mar 13, 2011 - 6 Comments

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Here is what 22 years does to Apple’s portable lineup; the Macintosh Portable was released in 1989, the iPad 2 is 2011 and oozes modernity. Here’s some fun statistics:

Macintosh Portable

  • 16Mhz CPU
  • 1MB of RAM (expandable to 5MB!)
  • 9.8″ Black & White display with 640×400 resolution
  • 15.8lbs
  • Starting at $6500, or $7300 with a 40MB hard drive

Compare this with the iPad 2 specs: dual core 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 10″ touch screen, 1.2lbs, for $499… what a difference two decades makes huh?

If you want this setup yourself, availability of iPad 2 is very strained and most stores are sold out, but I did see a Macintosh Portable on eBay for a reasonable $75!

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I enjoy retro Apple stuff and I love the iPad, so this picture is right up my ally. The white iPad 2 looks great doesn’t it? These pictures come to us via MacRumors forums, thanks for sending this in Jeff!

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Posted by: William Pearson in iPad, Mac Setups

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  1. Pinot says:

    Snow White design! Wondering if Jony Ive leaves Apple, the iPad 3 will be like this:
    http://pinotmac.blogspot.com/2011/03/apple-without-jony-ive.html

  2. AJ says:

    I’ll take both haha

  3. […] Trang này cũng đưa thêm một thông tin hài hước là iPad 2 hiện đang hết hàng ở nhiều đại lý bán lẻ, trong khi chiếc Macintosh Portable dễ dàng kiếm được trên eBay hiện có giá khá hợp lý: 75 USD, nhưng chắc người mua về chỉ với mục đích kỷ niệm. Theo osxdaily.com […]

  4. […] Trang này cũng đưa thêm một thông tin hài hước là iPad 2 hiện đang hết hàng ở nhiều đại lý bán lẻ, trong khi chiếc Macintosh Portable dễ dàng kiếm được trên eBay hiện có giá khá hợp lý: 75 USD, nhưng chắc người mua về chỉ với mục đích kỷ niệm. Theo osxdaily.com […]

  5. Kevin says:

    And that’s just specs. How many developers and applications existed for the portable versus the ipad?

    Sure you could probably develop for the portable, so you’d shell out weeks of time to build your application or within a minute or two you can spend a few dollars and download the software you want.

    Also you’re missing one important spec from the comparison, the ipad2 can be used to communicate from nearly anywhere on the planet to anywhere (with the 3G radio and service) Did a modem exist for the portable?

  6. stephan bourdon says:

    @kevin : you are stupid, terminally
    The post does not say that the Macintosh Portable is better than the iPad, it is just a reflection on the evolution of portable computing.

    Walk blindly into traffic. Really.

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