PowerBook 180

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Macintosh PowerBook 180 and 180c
Apple Macintosh PowerBook 180c.jpg
PowerBook 180c
DeveloperApple Computer, Inc.
Release dateOctober 19, 1992 (180), June 1993 (180c)[1]
Introductory priceUS$3,870 (equivalent to $7,051 in 2019)
DiscontinuedMay 1, 1994 (180), March 1994 (180c)[1]
Operating systemSystem 7.1Mac OS 7.6.1[1]
CPUMotorola 68030 33 MHz[1]
Memory4–14 MB (DRAM Card)

The PowerBook 180 is a portable computer released by Apple Computer, Inc. along with the PowerBook 160 in October 1992. At the time, it constituted the new top-of-the-range model, replacing the previous PowerBook 170. Its case design and features are the same as that of the 170, but it shipped with the more powerful 33 MHz Motorola 68030 CPU and Motorola 68882 FPU. Along with the 160, it introduced a new power-saving feature which allowed the processor to run at a slower 16 MHz rate, the same speed as the original 140.

The PowerBook 180 came with a 9.5 in (240 mm) (diagonal) active matrix LCD screen capable of displaying 4-bit grayscale at a resolution of 640x400, and a trackball was mounted beneath the keyboard. A 1.44 MB floppy disk drive and 80 MB 2.5-inch hard drive were also standard.

The Apple Powerbook also gave an option of possible expansion to a 120 MB hard drive. They are equipped with keyboard stands to slant the keyboard.

Like the Macintosh Portable before it, with the addition of an external color video port (missing on the 170), the 180 became a full-featured, no-compromises desktop replacement, equivalent in performance to the Macintosh LC III+. It was sold until May 1994.

PowerBook 180c[edit]

In June 1993, Apple released an identical color version of this model, the PowerBook 180c (pictured below). It had an 8.4 in (210 mm) diagonal active matrix color LCD capable of displaying 256 colors and was the first PowerBook to natively display 640x480 (all previous PowerBooks had 640x400 resolution). As a result of the thicker color display, the exterior case lid was redesigned, more closely resembling that used on the PowerBook Duo series. This modification was used on the PowerBook 165c for the same reason.

Timeline of PowerBook and iBook models

Power Mac G5Power Mac G4Power Macintosh G3Power MacintoshCompact MacintoshiBook G4iBook G4iBook (white)iBook (white)iBookPowerBook 2400PowerBook DuoPowerBook DuoPowerBook DuoPowerBook DuoPowerBook DuoPowerBook Duo 230PowerBook Duo 210PowerBook G4PowerBook G4PowerBook G4PowerBook G4PowerBook G3PowerBook 3400PowerBook 1400PowerBook 5300PowerBook 190PowerBook 500PowerBook 500PowerBook 500PowerBook 150PowerBook 180cPowerBook 165PowerBook 145bPowerBook 180PowerBook 165cPowerBook 160PowerBook 145PowerBook 170PowerBook 140PowerBook 100Macintosh Portable


  1. ^ a b c d Joannidi, Christine (March 15, 2002). "Macintosh Classic: Technical Specifications". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2008.

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