Cheesy as it is, this corporate video conveys the features that made Newton a landmark, if not a commercial, success.
Twenty-five years ago this week, on the eve of the humongous Macworld Expo show in Boston, Apple formally announced the Newton. Officially known as the MessagePad 100, the pioneering “personal digital assistant” attracted lots of attention and inspired a cult following, but it failed to sell the masses on the idea of pocket-sized computers. When Steve Jobs returned in 1997, he killed the Newton, which had been the brainchild of his bête noire John Sculley. (Meanwhile, the original PalmPilot, introduced in 1996, had become the PDA category’s first breakout hit.)
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