As Apple prepares to revamp the MacBook Pro, this coming week also marks the 30th anniversary of the original PowerBook
Apple is hosting a major Mac event on Monday morning where they are widely expected to unveil a completely redesigned MacBook Pro. Power users have been waiting for Apple to revamp the MacBook Pro since they introduced the 2016 model with the much disliked Touch Bar and notoriously bad butterfly keyboard. But this coming week also marks a special anniversary for Apple notebooks. As pointed out by Steven Sinofsky, this Thursday is the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the original PowerBook.
The first PowerBook
In October of 1991, Apple revolutionized computing with what was really the first modern laptop computer. It was the first machine to push the keyboard up to the top and introduced the palm rest with track ball. The machine was introduced as the PowerBook 100 series at the COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas. In fact, there’s even a recording of the introduction that you can watch below.
Apple launched three machines at the show: The PowerBook 100, the PowerBook 140, and the PowerBook 170. All three computers had TFT active matrix displays and broke the Snow White design language mold with a grey plastic exterior rather than a light beige one.