Macintosh PowerBook 1400 series : the evolution of PowerBook

Macintosh PowerBook1400

By Yuxi Liu
April 30, 2020

You have probably seen a MacBook, but have you ever heard of its prototype -- the PowerBook 1400? How do the two compare?

The appearance of the PowerBook has a high similarity with the current MacBook, but the PowerBook weighed around 7lbs, so was much heavier and not as convenient to carry around 1 . Also, the price of the PowerBook is similar with the current price, around $2500. But comparing it with other machines on the market when it came out in October 1996, the PowerBook was a very expensive product 2 . Therefore, we can know that the people who used the PowerBook would be engineers, scientists, and new technology fans.

The PowerBook was Apple's first entry into the notebook market, and influenced later designs. 3 . You can find more details about the PowerBook from the technical information provided by Apple. Inc 4 .and from user manuals 5 .


  1. Wikipedia, PowerBook 1400,

  2. Wikipedia, PowerBook 1400,↩

  3. Wikipedia, PowerBook 1400,↩

  4. Apple Inc., Technical Information: Specifications for Macintosh PowerBook 1400 Series Computers, (Cupertino, CA: Apple Inc., 2008), 1-5,

  5. David Pogue and Joseph Schorr, Macworld Mac Secrets, Fourth Edition (St. Paul, MN: Hungry Mind Press, 1997), 215-241, 

Macintosh PowerBook 1400 Series