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Unboxing the Original Apple Tablet: The Newton Message Pad 2100

by Jon Rettinger | January 2, 2010January 2, 2010 1:15 pm PST

You can’t go anywhere in the tech world without hearing rumors and alleged specs of Apple’s (expected) tablet.  If the rampant speculation is correct, and there is a new (i)Slate on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to look back on Apple’s previous tablet attempt, the Newton MessagePad 2100.  Released over 12 years ago the 2100 represented a breakthrough in the burgeoning mobile computing marketplace.  People were clamoring for electronic calendars and addresses books, but Apple delivered so much more than just a standard PDA.  The Newton 2100 (the last of the Newton line) offered a feature set not seen in any other devices at the time.  It gave consumers advanced handwriting recognition,  mobile FAX compatibility, peripheral expansion ports, audio recording, and a genuinely advanced OS that really was way ahead of it’s time (in fact, the Newton does things that event he original iPhone did not, like copy & paste).

So, as we look to the future, its important to look to the past for hints and ideas about where Apple may be going, and what we can expect from the rumored table. Stay tuned to TechnoBufflo for a huge amount of Newton coverage including hardware tours and OS walkthroughs.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...