The Rarest MacBook Ever Made

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Snazzy Labs talks about the ModBook Pro-the rarest touchscreen Mac mod ever-and how the company that included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak lost $1.5M.
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Quinn Nelson of Snazzy Labs talks about Modbook-a company started by an Apple Executive that had the support of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak for a number of years. What initially began as a success went down a path of failure and ultimately cost the company millions of dollars in losses with Kickstarter backers never receiving the product they ordered and the company in charge ghosting everyone involved.


  • Snazzy Labs
    Snazzy Labs7 bulan yang lalu

    A likely unrelated (but interesting) development: whoever was hosting Modbook's website has now banned them and the website seems all but gone. You can still find it on the Internet Archive for those interested.

  • Andrey Lucas

    Andrey Lucas

    4 bulan yang lalu

    The most interesting thing is the MacOS inside. Why other companies/startups don't use it as well? Probably legal reasons I know, but how Andreas managed to get around those restrictions?

  • NicVandEmZ


    5 bulan yang lalu

    @TeckGeeks try hackintosh with the raspberry pie and see if you can fake there arm power MacBook Pro MacBookPro17

  • TeckGeeks


    6 bulan yang lalu

    I want macOS on RPi 4

  • Crazy Harry the Muppet

    Crazy Harry the Muppet

    7 bulan yang lalu

    The site seems to be working just fine for me; with the exception of the store link getting the 502 error

  • Doriphor


    7 bulan yang lalu

    The site works for me 🤔

  • Mizer
    Mizer4 hari yang lalu

    I hope iPad M1 will have macOS

  • Gamer boy And gamer girl
    Gamer boy And gamer girl6 hari yang lalu

    The rarest laptop that apple did not make

  • Cole Shoemaker
    Cole Shoemaker12 hari yang lalu

    Nice Roblox shortcut.

  • Prajjwal Pawar
    Prajjwal Pawar13 hari yang lalu

    Right now still scientist and geologist use crappy tough book which runs on windows ...this still look good device

  • LegoWormNoah101
    LegoWormNoah10115 hari yang lalu

    So Modbook Pro does exist!

  • Simon Hoon
    Simon Hoon15 hari yang lalu

    “Upright landscape” I think you mean portrait?

  • EmperorFaiz
    EmperorFaiz17 hari yang lalu

    Now, the latest iPad Pro has an M1 processor. Time to wait for someone to mod the iPad to run macOS.

  • Atlante Embs
    Atlante EmbsBulan Yang lalu

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  • Mikkel Rumle Bøie Winther
    Mikkel Rumle Bøie WintherBulan Yang lalu

    That sponsor didn't age well

  • Bram vandenbroeck
    Bram vandenbroeckBulan Yang lalu

    The death of the modbook is the ipad with apple pencil, you can get a 300 dollar ipad with apple pencil support, ok, its not an ipad pro, but for a beginner, its more than enough, in 2008, no ipad existed so the product gained a lot of attention of the artists, but now, we will never see a modbook ever again because it doesn't need to exist.

  • Zach MODZ
    Zach MODZ2 bulan yang lalu

    I don’t understand why Apple doesn’t still let you upload apps for older devices. I feel like there should be a whole market of new apps made for old devices, maybe as a recycling program like Apple doesn’t charge add revenue for example. I don’t think it would affect sales of new devices but seeing old devices being repurposed, maybe for kids would be great.

  • George
    George2 bulan yang lalu

    theres a modbook on ebay rn

  • Travis Bradley
    Travis Bradley2 bulan yang lalu

    I owned one from 2014-2018. Unfortunately the motherboard fried, and that was the end of it. Luckily I have the internal hard drive, but data recovery is going to cost me $1,500 and luckily 80% of its contents I had backed up on externals. I enjoyed it, and felt cool for having such a unique piece of technology. I’m an illustrator that put it to good use, but in hindsight I should’ve avoided it.

  • A Nother
    A Nother2 bulan yang lalu

    Snazzylabs... why do IDdown presenters, such as yourself, think it's ok to set up their audio so we can hear every inhalation and exhalation, and quite often the sound of their tongues clicking on the roof of their mouth and 'lip smacking' sounds as they speak? It's horrible and totally unnecessary. You rarely hear it on TV programmes, as they know people don't want to hear it. Please, apply the same care to your audio as you do the video. 🙁

  • A Nother
    A Nother2 bulan yang lalu

    A great story, and well researched. It's a shame so many crowd funded projects end up like this, very little to show and lots of money disappearing.

  • -ゝ-
    -ゝ-2 bulan yang lalu

    "it still had a DVD drive heh" AND A HEADPHONE JACK HEHHEHEH

  • Make Money Now
    Make Money Now3 bulan yang lalu

    Your channel definitely deserves my subs!

  • NexyDoesYouTubeStuff
    NexyDoesYouTubeStuff3 bulan yang lalu

    Oh my God. That's quite a story. Came to this video from Krazy Ken's recommendation and I loved it!

    TLCH MEDIA3 bulan yang lalu

    Interesting how the website says "© 2012-2021 Modbook Inc. All Rights Reserved." Not to mention they have a COVID-19 message...

  • Volomette
    Volomette3 bulan yang lalu

    Mod book gay 😳

  • Eli the Photo G
    Eli the Photo G3 bulan yang lalu

    i bet he regrets leaving his position at apple now...

  • Bunny
    Bunny3 bulan yang lalu

    that pc is still better than the one i have

  • PrivateCheeselaw
    PrivateCheeselaw3 bulan yang lalu

    I still use DVDs....

  • Fatboy Gaming
    Fatboy Gaming4 bulan yang lalu

    The Newton was tied with the amstrad PDA600 for being the first.

  • Sco B
    Sco B4 bulan yang lalu

    Apple really should offer a matte and touch version.

  • Charles Sylvander
    Charles Sylvander4 bulan yang lalu

    love that he has roblox installed on it xD

  • Lg Hammer
    Lg Hammer4 bulan yang lalu

    Wow, that's seriously interesting! Thanks for the look @ such an intricate piece of tech that was a little part of Apple's history

  • Niklas
    Niklas4 bulan yang lalu

    Never in my life have I ever heard of this. I almost didn‘t think this was real lmao

  • EmperorFaiz
    EmperorFaiz4 bulan yang lalu

    When I think about it, if they still developing ModBook Pro but using M1 Macbook hardware, we would finally get the Mac OS "iPad" people keep clamoring for years.

  • Prove iT!
    Prove iT!4 bulan yang lalu


  • John Werner
    John Werner4 bulan yang lalu

    Great video. I never knew there were any devices that were marketed running the Mac OS save for the failed period when Apple licensed the Mac OS for several makers of non-Apple branded desktops legally running licensed Mac OS. That statement that in the future Macs may eventually offer touchscreens vindicating this man's vision is kind of off. I mean he basically stole money from Kickstarter investors in the final analysis. Not a combination I think adds up to a brilliant visionary.

  • Alexey Shupta
    Alexey Shupta4 bulan yang lalu

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  • Josh Adams
    Josh Adams4 bulan yang lalu

    High key salty he called an ac cobra a mustang when jts an ac ace which carol shelby shoved a 427 ford engjne into

  • Aurelio Tomas Turbao
    Aurelio Tomas Turbao4 bulan yang lalu

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  • Marcelino Dreams
    Marcelino Dreams4 bulan yang lalu

    I just like watching his videos. His voice just makes it great. Ok now I sound weird.

  • Alexander Martin
    Alexander Martin4 bulan yang lalu

    Isn't it Way-Com

  • Business Guide
    Business Guide4 bulan yang lalu

    Keep posting interesting contents like this!

  • SDrummond Robert
    SDrummond Robert4 bulan yang lalu

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  • Poo poo Pichu
    Poo poo Pichu4 bulan yang lalu

    If only that dude stayed at Apple 😩

  • Max
    Max4 bulan yang lalu


  • Pedro Henrique
    Pedro Henrique4 bulan yang lalu

    You can just buy a surface studio with this money....

  • Savim 18
    Savim 184 bulan yang lalu

    Is there steam on that thing whyyyyyyyyyy

  • D3DPiXL
    D3DPiXL4 bulan yang lalu

    at 8:35 haas in the picture is wearing a watch, can some amazing person please for the life of me tell me what that watch is, i believe in the power of the internet, i hope :P

  • Jakub Lulek
    Jakub Lulek4 bulan yang lalu

    I feel that Axiotron got Wozniak on board because it would be awkward for Apple to sue it's founder...

    K-SING–PRODUCTIONS4 bulan yang lalu

    Please never use Linus’s Sponsor Segways again!😂😎

    K-SING–PRODUCTIONS4 bulan yang lalu

    This mod book 📖 📚 is exactly the reason why Apple will probably never add a touch screen to there computer lineup! Now notice I said “touchscreen” and not “touch functionality”, two completely different things!

  • yeeisme
    yeeisme4 bulan yang lalu

    I saw one of these when I was still a Mac Genius. They were also featured a number of times on the SciFi (when it was properly spelt) show, Eureka. They were very heavy, very clunky in usage and since they were mostly made from the Black and White MacBooks you'd be replacing that hard drive more times then you would want to admit!

  • Bashir Sfar
    Bashir Sfar4 bulan yang lalu

    FYI, the AC Cobra was not based on the Ford Mustang, as the Mustang did not exist at that point. The AC Cobra was a roadster by AC Cars with a modifies Ford Engine inside. Still same legal sense but thought I should mention that.

  • SanvicTHE N00B
    SanvicTHE N00B4 bulan yang lalu

    I have fancy unibody white MacBook (I still use it)

  • Dexter Gaymon
    Dexter Gaymon4 bulan yang lalu

    I was able to get a Modbook. I was never able to find a Modbook Pro.

  • Innithis
    Innithis5 bulan yang lalu

    Isn't salt lake city the place with no laws?

  • eivis13
    eivis135 bulan yang lalu

    2007 back then :DDDDD I get that a decade in computer years is a milenia, but still :DDD

  • Hirnfaser
    Hirnfaser5 bulan yang lalu

    11:20 this is literally what the wacom driver looked back then. (I think they didn’t change anything) The mouse mode was obviously designed for graphic tablets and doesn‘t really make sense on this device. :D

  • 10 Gauge
    10 Gauge5 bulan yang lalu

    For anyone interested, there's actually a new old stock i5 Modbook Pro for sale on Amazon RIGHT NOW.

  • Bart
    Bart5 bulan yang lalu

    There is one 2009 model on eBay UK - over £400 :/

  • Daily Shadow
    Daily Shadow5 bulan yang lalu

    I actually had a modbook. It wasn't bad, but it was expensive as hell. I never had an issue with it though, other than it having pretty poor specs. Chugged a lot in Adobe illustrator once my files were getting too large for it.

  • Annuai
    Annuai5 bulan yang lalu

    I think everyone should back projects like these that come right out of passion. Even though they might not even come out real, they surely shine some light on what is possible

  • DNdavidsonsnation
    DNdavidsonsnation5 bulan yang lalu

    Touch screen macbook, no thanks.

  • DM DM
    DM DM5 bulan yang lalu

    I felt bad for the engineer Hoss (didn’t quite catch the name). Inventor whose idea was ahead. It doesn’t sound like some sort of copyright was enacted by him from which he could have profited now. The report by you that he does come to that office sounded sad.

  • pini weenie
    pini weenie5 bulan yang lalu

    I wonder what version of OS it supports

  • Gabriel Rosario
    Gabriel Rosario5 bulan yang lalu

    The first iPad pro!

  • KiraPlaysGuitar
    KiraPlaysGuitar5 bulan yang lalu

    133Hz "Whack 'em" touch layer.

  • Remi Larroque
    Remi Larroque5 bulan yang lalu

    thx for publishing this story to all of us that baked this project i did trust this project where i shouldn't the money is lost for ever without really any explanation. we were scammed and i hope this video will prevent other in future

  • Retroike7
    Retroike75 bulan yang lalu

    Your pronunciation of Wacom. Wackem Sackem Wabbits

  • Alex Calley
    Alex Calley5 bulan yang lalu

    The AC "Ace" Roadster wasn't a modified Mustang. The Shelby Cobra was a modified AC "Ace" Roadster. Am I the only one who picked up on that and can't stop thinking about it during a computer video?

  • DAV3
    DAV35 bulan yang lalu

    Still better than any MacBook...

  • David Empire
    David Empire5 bulan yang lalu

    I have an idea for how ModBook could be revived: Put the internals of the new Apple Silicon Macs with the M1 chip into the body of a modern tablet, like the iPad Pro. Give it a proper multi-touch display with pressure sensitive stylus, and maybe even 120hz refresh rate, and Smart Connector-like keyboard and trackpad support, running macOS Big Sur, of course. This would be the ideal tablet for professionals who just can’t get enough out of the iPad Pro, and with a new 5nm fanless ARM SoC, it could likely fit into the body of a thin and light modern tablet. Plus macOS Big Sur is remarkably touch-friendly.

  • Alex Hadfield
    Alex Hadfield5 bulan yang lalu

    Wow! I thought this would be a click bait video, but you weren’t lying. Great video!

  • TJ
    TJ5 bulan yang lalu

    Oh I remember when this came out ! Wanted one so much but it was expensive and didn’t seem particularly useful. But now we moved to Apple silicon there are gonna be iPad Pro shaped Macs someday that’s sure and these would actually be useful with an Apple Pencil.

  • 위니더푸
    위니더푸5 bulan yang lalu

    I never knew such thing existed! I would love to have a modern one where i can use it as a tab and as a computer 2 in 1!

  • Atypical
    Atypical5 bulan yang lalu

    Sooo the Palm Pilot is Palm pulling an Apple

  • Dinkar Patrayani
    Dinkar Patrayani5 bulan yang lalu

    Wow ! Never knew this existed. What a concept and interesting execution !

  • Jack Dawson
    Jack Dawson5 bulan yang lalu

    awesome video

  • BeybladeFan9009
    BeybladeFan90095 bulan yang lalu

    I was in high school when these guys first came out. I wanted one so bad! I'm still way too poor to buy one 😂

  • Thought Loop
    Thought Loop5 bulan yang lalu

    imagine if you could run Big Sur on the iPad Pro

  • Joran Vancoillie
    Joran Vancoillie5 bulan yang lalu

    Which camera do you use for your A-roll shots and which lens?

  • James Sherrard
    James Sherrard5 bulan yang lalu

    Why did I love the gag at 20:45 so much?

  • erqfrqefa refdarefad
    erqfrqefa refdarefad5 bulan yang lalu

    The Shelby Cobra. "A Highly modified Ford Mustang" 😂

  • Kabosumama Doge
    Kabosumama Doge5 bulan yang lalu

    Really enjoyed your content! Very informative

  • Qasim Ali
    Qasim Ali5 bulan yang lalu

    I bet Steve jobs approved ipad just to destroy modbook🔥

  • \[#_#]/
    \[#_#]/5 bulan yang lalu

    Why did the second gen modbook still have pen input only? That‘s so bad when there‘s an iPad next to it which works flawlessly at the tip of your finger. And is like 1500 bucks cheaper.

  • duncan rmi
    duncan rmi5 bulan yang lalu

    >goes home, glues cintiq to old macbook, takes pictures for ebay

  • Spencer Reeves
    Spencer Reeves6 bulan yang lalu

    I worked at Best Buy a few years ago and someone brought one of these in to recycle! I was so intrigued because I thought it was some crazy prototype MacBook and looked it up... if I would have known its history, I would have tried to keep it!

  • Niall Capstick
    Niall Capstick6 bulan yang lalu

    It may not be your purview, but I’d been interested in a Panasonic Toughbook for its functionality and high nits value, which is a knock against any screen I’ve come across (try using your iPhone on a sunny day). The Modbook seemed like a good idea, but how did it manage for light output?

  • todd grudzinsky and Bentley the puppy
    todd grudzinsky and Bentley the puppy6 bulan yang lalu

    I am gonna waot till they make the MODBOOK AIR. That would be cool if they made one.

  • Shahar Rozenbloom
    Shahar Rozenbloom6 bulan yang lalu

    Next iPad Pro Will Have Better Contrast and Will be Wider And longer. Work.

  • Sophie The Cat
    Sophie The Cat6 bulan yang lalu

    been loving all the hype about this lately, i hope it actually comes out at some point!

  • Riccardo
    Riccardo6 bulan yang lalu

    My thiccpad does it better :p

  • iLife64
    iLife646 bulan yang lalu

    I wonder if Louis Rossmann would shit his pants if one of these were shipped in for repair. Don’t delay, shid and fard today

  • ElijahAppleUser
    ElijahAppleUser6 bulan yang lalu

    Who else noticed that the ModBook Pro had Roblox installed on it.

  • Luke Davis
    Luke Davis6 bulan yang lalu

    IT FINALLY CAME. OUT.... sorta

  • Angie G
    Angie G6 bulan yang lalu

    Ravpower sucks.

  • Kadette - Media Group
    Kadette - Media Group6 bulan yang lalu

    good job jumping on that bandwagon

  • Pyre Records
    Pyre Records6 bulan yang lalu

    Kickstart? More like scamstart haha I have NEVER seen anything good come out of there its 99% of the time fake

  • 7i7i. sqw
    7i7i. sqw6 bulan yang lalu

    😂im dead when i saw the madbook pro logo

  • Andrew DuBose
    Andrew DuBose6 bulan yang lalu

    A friend of mine had one of these for his home theater setup. Holy cow, forgot about these!

  • James King
    James King6 bulan yang lalu

    I vividly remember in 2009 reading in some magazine I bought about this, it was under some future tech section (1 page after the top 50 you gi oh cards list 😅) . It had the iPad build but the MacOS background on it, when the iPad came out a year later I always wondered why they never put MacOS on it. I guess it's cause it's so they can make more e-waste at this point as a Mac with touchscreen and 'Mac pencil' would make iPad pro obsolete.

  • Several People are typing
    Several People are typing6 bulan yang lalu

    These tablet computers costs as much as a Wacom MobileStudio

  • Joinen Again
    Joinen Again6 bulan yang lalu

    I, weirdly, had one of these in my first year of uni. I managed to get it quite cheap on an eBay bid presumably because no one knew what it was. I used it every day and carried it along with the insanely bulky metal stand, a bluetooth keyboard, and mouse in my backpack. I ended up hating it so much, the least functional computer I've ever owned.

  • Joinen Again

    Joinen Again

    5 bulan yang lalu

    @Charles Kissack I ended up selling it later that year for enough money to buy an actual Macbook haha

  • Diego G.

    Diego G.

    5 bulan yang lalu

    Man you find joinen in the most unexpected places

  • Charles Kissack

    Charles Kissack

    6 bulan yang lalu

    @Joinen what ended up happening to it? Did you ever sell it, or do you still have it?

  • Eowyn Dernhelm

    Eowyn Dernhelm

    6 bulan yang lalu

    Headed over here from Twitch just to say hi, it was weird hearing you rant without chat getting mad :)