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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Comment by tupp
by tupp on Tue 6th Aug 2013 18:09 UTC
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FROM THE OSNEWS HEADLINE:

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product.

First is not "debatable" (but "interesting" is debateable).

The Newton was definitely not the first.

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RE: Comment by tupp
by Tony Swash on Tue 6th Aug 2013 18:25 in reply to "Comment by tupp"
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2009-08-22

The Newton was definitely not the first.


What was?

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RE[2]: Comment by tupp
by robojerk on Tue 6th Aug 2013 18:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by tupp"
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RE[2]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Tue 6th Aug 2013 19:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by tupp"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

The only things that Apple really invented are the desktop trashcan, and possibly "Expose."

Even the Apple enclosure designs are highly derivative.

If you doubt these assertions, please make a list of Apple inventions and let's see what prior art can be found.

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