Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[5]: Comment by tupp
by TM99 on Wed 7th Aug 2013 06:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tupp"
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So really what you are saying is that others had created the PDA, but since Apple 'invented' the term PDA, then we must ignore the prior art & development. Instead we must acknowledge that he who invents the 'word' invents the 'object'.

This is the problem I continuously have with modern Apple fans. The 'Reality Distortion Field' concept describe perfectly this phenomena. Apple was and continues to be an expert at marketing and using words in such a way as to distort the actual reality of a situation and to make it seem like they were first, better, etc.

I know this to be truth because I have watched this behavior for a very long time. I was a preteen before the Apple I was even out. This was how Apple survived once the PC & Windows gained ascendancy. You can't compete on 'Mhz speed' so you distort this reality into things like the G4 being a super computer and use words like gigaflops (which by the way we all know the average Joe user has no idea what that is) but the faithful fell for it then and they fall for it now.

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