Apple's 5 biggest MacBook fails

Apple MacBook
(Image credit: Dave Caudery/Mac Format)

When it comes to laptops, Apple have had more hits than ABBA. That’s because Apple consistently pushes the limits of what’s possible both in terms of design and technology, constantly redefining what mobile computing should be. Wireless networking, all-day battery life, incredible displays and even more incredible performance are all things we take for granted today, but they’re all the result of Apple’s constant research and innovation.

However, it's not all been rosy. Apple’s first portable Mac was a bit of a disaster, and there have been a few more missteps along the way to today’s hardware heaven. Here, we look back at the worst laptop fails of the past 30 years. If you can forgive Apple these sins and still want a new machine, then see our best MacBooks buying guide.

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Carrie Marshall

Carrie Marshall is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, broadcaster and musician from Glasgow, where she lives with her two children, a greyhound and more guitars than are strictly necessary. A professional writer since 1998, Carrie is particularly interested in how technology can help us live our best lives and has written thousands of features, columns, reviews and news stories for a huge range of magazines, newspapers, websites and trade publications including T3, Techradar, MacFormat, BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend.