Chuck Colby created first Mac portable, tablet
Two years ahead of the Mac Portable and four years before the PowerBook 100, Colby Systems shipped the WalkMac — the first battery powered Mac. And, believe it or not, the WalkMac was Apple sanctioned.
Built with a motherboard from the legendary Mac SE30, the WalkMac was the creation of Chuck Colby (Wikipedia), an extremely interesting person with deep Apple ties and history that apparently never worked at Apple.
• WalkMac (CPD-1)
• Introduced in 1987
• Shipped with System 6.0.3
• 16MHz Motorola 68030 processor
• 1MB RAM
• Weighed a dainty 13 pounds
• Price: About $6,000
That price, taking inflation into account, amounts to $11,935.96 in current dollars.
Before Apple’s own Mac Portable shipped in 1989, Apple recommended the WalkMac to anyone seeking a mobile, battery-powered Mac, a situation not unlike the contemporary ModBook.
Here’s another interesting factoid. Chuck Colby also created the TabletMac (image right), which featured an LCD display, integrated keyboard and trackball, and could be paired with a head’s up display. Chuck Colby is a serious study in prior art.
Another interesting twist? Colby helped convince Steve Wozniak to leave Apple and found his own company.
Had you ever heard of Chuck Colby before today? Did you own a WalkMac? Sound off in the comments…
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