On Sun, 30 May 2010 14:50:02 -0700, John Navas
>On Mon, 31 May 2010 09:02:27 +1200, "Your Name" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>wrote in <email@example.com>:
>>Apple rarely gets it completely wrong, and when they (supposedly) do it's
>>really a matter of mis-timing, e.g. the Newton was cancelled just as
>>everybody else started jumping on the PDA bandwagon.
>Newton was canceled because Apple got it completely wrong.
There was more wrong than the product. Newton was originally an
internal research product, which produced quite a bit of Apple
technology in its 8 years of operation. Only when the board decided
to turn it into a marketable product, did the problems surface.
Apple had to chose between two completely different designs (Junior
and Senior) for the Newton. They picked the wrong one. I don't
recall the exact details but the story is in several books I've
As I recall, it was pissing match between various headstrong Apple
department heads and fiefdoms, resulting in a political rather than a
technical or marketing decision. The development took about 10 years,
which should offer a clue as to the problem. More detail:
Apple tried to bury the product by spinning off the company as Newton
Inc. When Steve Jobs returned, the company was immediately purchased
by Apple. Some of the original developers left to form Pixo, which
became the basis of the first iPod operating system. After pillaging
Pixo for everything useful, Apple sold the company to Sun Micro.
When you use an Apple iPhone or the handwriting recognition in OS/X,
please remember that it's roots are in the Apple Newton.
The Wikipedia article on the Newton is also worth reading.
The Newton is not quite dead:
I have two mostly working Newtons (Messagepad 110 and 120).
 The book is 12 years old but covers Apple before Steve Jobs quite
well. The author, Jim Carlton, was the Wall Street Journal technology
reporter assigned to cover Apple. I've now bought and loaned out 3
copies of this book and NONE of them have been returned, even when
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