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.

Thread beginning with comment 569050
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[7]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Wed 7th Aug 2013 18:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by tupp"
tupp
Member since:
2006-11-12

You seem to be pretty religious about users of a certain OS. Of course all 0 engineers at Apple are stupid, can't think for themselves, don't do anything and marketing at Apple spends 100% of the budget (i. e. your holly war against Apple makes you look so smart).

Do you have anything to add to the list of items that Apple originated?


Back on topic: By your definition, every invention can be traced back to another prior art invention e. g. the 'THE WHEEL' and 'THE USAGE OF SYMBOLS'.
By induction, I can proof that Nobody invented anything and she did this before the big bang happened.

Okay. Please let me know when you can prove that Apple invented something.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[8]: Comment by tupp
by MysterMask on Wed 7th Aug 2013 19:25 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by tupp"
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Please let me know when you can prove that Apple invented something.


Apparently you are unable to give a single example of any company having invented anything by your own standards. Your definition of 'invention' is obviously useless. And yes: There is a clear distinction between invention and innovation, but why should I waste my time to educate you since you call everything that does not fit your world view BS. Grow up, kiddy ..

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[9]: Comment by tupp
by tupp on Wed 7th Aug 2013 20:25 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by tupp"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

Please let me know when you can prove that Apple invented something.


Apparently you are unable to give a single example of any company having invented anything by your own standards. Your definition of 'invention' is obviously useless. And yes: There is a clear distinction between invention and innovation, but why should I waste my time to educate you since you call everything that does not fit your world view BS. Grow up, kiddy ..

What? What is it about Apple fanboys that they become wildly incomprehensible when faced with reality.

I can give thousands of examples of companies inventing things, and it has nothing to do with any personal "standards." I use the universally accepted definition of "invention," which is a concept easily understood by everybody except for, apparently, Apple fanboys.

By the way, most things are invented by individuals -- not by companies.

Edited 2013-08-07 20:39 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[8]: Comment by tupp
by majipoor on Wed 7th Aug 2013 20:59 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by tupp"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

Do you have anything to add to the list of items that Apple originated?

Do you have anything to add to the list of items that Google, Microsoft or Samsung originated?

Edited 2013-08-07 20:59 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2