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 tupp on Wed 7th Aug 2013 17:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tupp"
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What is claimed in the article is that the MessagePad was the first PDA, which it easily is because Apple coined the term themselves.

Really? Did Apple coin "PDA" before or after they coined the term "app?"

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RE[6]: Comment by tupp
by MOS6510 on Wed 7th Aug 2013 17:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tupp"
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John Sculley apparently did in 1993.

I don't know if it was before or after the word "app", but I'm pretty sure it was after the birth of Jesus. Maybe that can help you with your timeline of non-connected words.

"In 1993, Apple's MessagePad, more commonly known as the "Newton," was the pioneer in this field, and Apple CEO John Sculley actually coined the PDA term for a pen-based device. However, PalmPilots, introduced a couple years after, popularized the technology. When the BlackBerry offered synchronized e-mail in 1999, the PDA was on its way to becoming a mobile office."


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