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The Harris SuperTech 2000 was a touchscreen mobile device that was marketed by Harris Network Support Systems as a "Craft Digital Assistant" (CDA), based on the Newton platform from Apple Computer in collaboration with AllPen Software and Digital Ocean.[1]


Harris first announced the SuperTech 2000 family in May 1994 at SUPERCOMM in New Orleans, Louisiana. Harris finalized its agreement to license Newton OS from Apple in the following July. SuperTech 2000 devices were demonstrated at the Outside Plant Show in Charlotte, North Carolina in November 1994.[1] It was released on August 1, 1995 with a list price of US$3000.[2][3]



Apple Newton clone - Harris SuperTech 2000

The SuperTech 2000 was based on a ruggedized version of the MessagePad 120 for industrial use in telephone line testing. It used the same 20 MHz ARM 610 processor with 2 MB of static RAM. Newton OS 1.3 used 687 KB, leaving 1,361 KB available for user data. Storage space could be expanded through the PCMCIA Type II slot. The 320 x 240 monochrome LCD screen also included a backlight feature.[4][5][6]

System updates[]

Because the SuperTech 2000 was based on the 2 MB version of the MessagePad 120, it would have been possible to upgrade its ROM chip to support Newton OS 2.0, though it is unknown whether any such option was offered to Harris' customers.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 News releases, Harris Network Support Systems. Archived 1996-11-03.
  2. Harris Corporation Licenses Newton Technology to Automate Telephone Diagnostic Test Systems, Apple Computer. 1995-08-01. Archived 1998-12-05.
  3. "Discord in hardwareland", Network World, IDG Network World Inc., 1996-02-19, p. 47, vol.13, no.8. Retrieved on 2021-01-19. 
  4. Features & Benefits, Harris Network Support Systems. Archived 1996-11-03.
  5. Specifications, Harris Network Support Systems. Archived 1996-11-03.
  6. General Specifications for Newtons and Clones, Newton Resurrection, Oocities. Mirrored 2009-10.
  7. Luckie, Douglas. Newton MessagePad 120 (with OS 1.3 or 2.0). Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23.

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