A MessagePad 2000 with stylus and keyboard.

The MessagePad was a series of touchscreen mobile devices and the very first tablet computer released by Apple Computer as part of its Newton platform.

History

A MessagePad prototype, codenamed "Junior".

On May 29, 1992, Apple CEO John Sculley unveiled the first device, tentatively called the Newton NotePad,[1] during the keynote address of the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago, Illinois.[2][3] The first MessagePad was released on August 3, 1993 running a monochrome version of Newton OS, which was advanced for its day and came with a stylus similar to the Nintendo DS. The MessagePad 2000 and eMate 300 introduced grayscale support in March 1997, but the Newton platform was discontinued in February 27, 1998.[4]

Legacy

The iPhone and iPad, released in 2007 and 2010 respectively, are considered to be spiritual successors to the MessagePad.[5] A similar stylus did not appear from Apple until 2015 with the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro.[6] In 2020, iPadOS 14 introduced handwriting recognition for Apple's iPad line.[7]

Models

Model Processor Memory Newton OS Released Notes
MessagePad
H1000
20 MHz
ARM 610
640 KB static RAM 1.0 to 1.1.1 1993-08-03 to
1994-03-04
also known as "Original
MessagePad" or "OMP"[8]
MessagePad
100
20 MHz
ARM 610
640 KB static RAM 1.2 to 1.3 1994-03-04 to
1995-04-01
same hardware as "OMP"[8]
MessagePad
110
20 MHz
ARM 610
1 MB static RAM 1.2 to 1.3 1994-03-04 to
1995-04-01
second form factor[9]
MessagePad
120
20 MHz
ARM 610
1 or 2 MB static RAM 1.3 to 2.0 1994-10-01 to
1996-06-01
improved display[10]
MessagePad
130
20 MHz
ARM 610
2.5 MB static RAM 2.0 1996-03-25 to
1997-04-01
added backlighting[11]
eMate 300 25 MHz
ARM 710a
1 MB dynamic RAM
2 MB flash RAM
2.1 1997-03-07 to
1998-02-27
mini-laptop form factor[12]
MessagePad
2000
162 MHz
StrongARM 110
1 MB dynamic RAM
4 MB flash RAM
2.1 1997-03-24 to
1998-02-27
final form factor[13]
MessagePad
2100
162 MHz
StrongARM 110
4 MB dynamic RAM
4 MB flash RAM
2.1 1997-11-07 to
1998-02-27
final model[13]

Gallery

References

  1. Apple gets to the core of a consumer division by Mark Potts, The Washington Post. 1993-01-17.
  2. On this day in 1992: Apple CEO John Sculley unveils the Newton, Apple's personal digital assistant, at CES in Chicago by Jon Erlichman, Twitter. 2017-05-29.
  3. Happy 25th birthday, Apple Newton, you beautiful failure by Stan Schroeder, Yahoo! Finance. 2017-05-29.
  4. Why did Apple kill the Newton? by David MacNeill, Pen Computing Magazine. 1998-06.
  5. Remembering the Newton MessagePad, 20 years later by Benj Edwards, Macworld. 2013-08-27.
  6. Review: Apple Pencil is the best iPad writing tool yet … if you can handle the Pro’s size by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac. 2015-11-24.
  7. iPadOS 14 introduces new features designed specifically for iPad, Apple Inc. 2020-06-22.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Luckie, Douglas. Newton MessagePad. Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26.
  9. Luckie, Douglas. Newton MessagePad 110. Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23.
  10. Luckie, Douglas. Newton MessagePad 120 (with OS 1.3 or 2.0). Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23.
  11. Luckie, Douglas. MessagePad 130 with Newton 2.0 Operating System. Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23.
  12. Luckie, Douglas. Apple eMate 300. Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Luckie, Douglas. MessagePad 2100/2000 with OS 2.1. Michigan State University. Archived from the original on 2014-03-23.

See also

  • eMate 300, a Newton device in a mini-laptop form factor.

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MessagePad : H1000 · 100 | 110 · 120 · 130 | 2000 · 2100
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Sharp Expert Pad PI-7000 · 7100 | Siemens NotePhone · Online Terminal
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