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The Apple PowerBook hides the power of a modern MacBook

Bill Kid turned his 1994 vintage Apple PowerBook 520C into a functional laptop using modern Apple MacBook hardware.

The replacement hardware was taken from a broken 2015 Apple MacBook Pro with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Kid replaced all the electronic components except for the keyboard and trackpad. The PowerBook also had the 9.7-inch Retina screen from the iPad 3.

Bill Kid used an Adafruit Qualia adapter board to connect the display and original keyboard to the MacBook's motherboard. The laptop runs macOS Monterey (version 12) and is compatible with most programs. On the outside, the PowerBook looks the same as before, but when powered on, it has all the benefits of a modern MacBook. The unique combination of vintage charm and the power of modern technology makes this project special.

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