APPLE has filed a worldwide trademark for the word “PowerBook” in the UK and worldwide – sparking speculation that its bringing back its first ever laptop.
The first PowerBook – with its signature trackball, floppy disc reader and colourful Apple logo – launched in 1991 and was replaced by the MacBook in 2006.
Back in the early noughties, interim CEO Steve Jobs turned his efforts to the redesign of the PowerBook.
Lighter than most gadgets on the market, it was billed as the “first supercomputer you can actually take with on on an airplane”.
In February Apple was granted an application to trademark PowerBook worldwide, suggesting that the Macintosh flagship might be making a comeback.
Thomas La Perle, Apple’s legal director, applied for the trademark, which is registered to the technology company’s HQ at 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, San Jose.
Apple have not confirmed whether the PowerBook will make a return, and there are a number of reasons why lawyers could be sending off applications to protect its property.
But if it were to bring the classic laptop back, it would follow a trend for stripping its new launches back to their original models.
The iPad Air, for example, was last week replaced by the iPad, which first launched in 2010 by Steve Jobs.
A huge release is expected to mark the occasion.
It’s expected to boast some incredible new tech and ditch some familiar features, but fans could be waiting until September for its launch.
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