DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
Product familyMacintosh
Release dateOctober 21, 1991 (1991-10-21)
DiscontinuedMay 16, 2006
Operating system
PredecessorMacintosh Portable
SuccessorMacBook Pro
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A PowerBook G4 (15.2") from 2003.

The PowerBook (known as Macintosh PowerBook before 1997) is a family of Macintosh laptop computers designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from 1991 to 2006. During its lifetime, the PowerBook went through several major revisions and redesigns, often being the first to incorporate features that would later become standard in competing laptops.[1] The PowerBook line was targeted at the professional market, and received numerous awards, especially in the second half of its life, such as the 2001 Industrial Design Excellence Awards "Gold" status, and Engadget's 2005 "Laptop of the Year". In 1999, the line was supplemented by the home and education-focused iBook family.

The PowerBook was replaced by the MacBook Pro in 2006 as part of the Mac transition to Intel processors.

A comparison of the "Pismo" PowerBook G3, Titanium PowerBook G4 and the superseding MacBook Pro from 2006.
  1. ^ Engadget: 30 years in Apple products: the good, the bad, and the ugly – "The PowerBook, in its many, many incarnations, had been a laptop trend-setter since its inception."

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