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The eMate 300 is a personal digital assistant designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer to the education market as a low-cost laptop running the Newton operating system. It was the only Newton device with a built-in keyboard.


The eMate was announced on October 28, 1996 and went on sale on March 7, 1997 for US$799.[1] It was discontinued along with the rest of the Newton product line and its operating system on February 27, 1998.[2]


The eMate 300 featured a 6.8" 480x320 resolution 16-shade grayscale display with electroluminscent backlighting, stylus pen, infrared port, and standard Macintosh serial/LocalTalk ports. The keyboard was roughly 85% the size of a standard "full size" keyboard.

Power came from built-in rechargeable batteries, which lasted up to 28 hours on full charge. In order to achieve its low price, the eMate 300 did not have all the features of the contemporary Newton equivalent, the MessagePad 2000. The eMate used a 25 MHz ARM 710a RISC processor and had less RAM than the MessagePad 2000 which used a StrongARM 110 RISC processor and was more expandable.


Unlike the MessagePad line, the eMate 300 featured an internal memory expansion slot. It was located in the hatch under the battery door, next to the ROM card. Both cards fit into both slots, but the ROM card was larger. The expansion card is on the left. Companies like Newertech produced cards for the eMate. Most cards expanded the data bus from 16 bits to 32 bits, as well as providing additional DRAM (program memory), and flash (storage). When one of these cards was installed, the internal DRAM was disabled, but the internal flash RAM is combined with the flash on the card. For example: If a memory card were to have 4 MB of DRAM and 2 MB of flash, the Newton would report having 4 MB of flash, and 4 MB of DRAM, not 5 MB of DRAM.[3]

In addition to the expansion slot, the eMate also featured a single non-CardBus PCMCIA slot. It could be used for a number of different cards, including modems, ethernet cards, wireless cards, bluetooth cards, and flash memory (linear and ATA/Compact Flash).


The eMate 300 featured a green-colored translucent durable case designed for intense use in classrooms. The eMate 300 featured a dark green-colored keyboard similar to that of PowerBooks of the era. Purple, clear, red, and orange colored eMate prototypes were produced for show only and were never put into mass production.[4][5]


  1. New Apple eMate 300 Mobile Computer Puts Learning At Students' Fingertips Anytime, Anyplace, Apple Computer. 1996-10-28. Archived 1998-12-05.
  2. Apple Discontinues Development of Newton OS by Apple Computer, Michigan State University. 1998-02-27. Archived 2014-03-23.
  3. Apple eMate 300: Memory Upgrade Discussion, Apple Support. 2012-02-18.
  4. The Elusive Pink eMate by Grant Hutchinson, This is splorp. 2000.
  5. The Ultra Rare Clear eMate by Sonny Hung, Flickr. 2007-02-27.


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