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: Citation needed
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 15:42 UTC in reply to "Citation needed"
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I still own a PalmPilot Professional, and have done so since 1998, so when you try to claim iOS has anything more than a superficial relationship to PalmOS or that Palm were solely responsible for the genre, I can tell you didn't really use the devices when they first emerged.

I have written 22,000 words on this very subject. No need to repeat them here.

Go read it, and you'll see why I claim Palm OS is the basis for what we use today, and why it is VERY clear that Apple took A LOT of inspiration from Palm OS' design principles.

Edited 2013-08-07 15:43 UTC

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