Macintosh Pocket Nintendo Game Boy
Photo credit: Rex Sowards
Back in 1989, Apple released the Macintosh Portable, but it wasn’t exactly something you could fit in a pocket or even a standard backpack for that matter, as it weighed 16-pounds. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it was discontinued after 2-years, possibly due to its $16,790 USD price tag (adjusted for inflation). Industrial designer Rex Sowards wanted to change that with the Macintosh Pocket.


Macintosh Pocket Nintendo Game Boy
Macintosh Pocket Nintendo Game Boy
Think of the Macintosh Pocket as a Nintendo Game Boy-sized computer that possibly runs a custom version of iOS or OS X, depending on how powerful its hardware is. There’s a full QWERTY keypad and a small trackball up top with a single button. On the left side, you’ll find a volume rocker and what appears to be a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Flip the battery cover down at the rear, and there’s ports to connect an external keyboard, computer mouse, etc.

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Macintosh Pocket Nintendo Game Boy
Macintosh Pocket Nintendo Game Boy

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