Retro devices: the old Newton MessagePad, a kind of iPad that Apple flopped with in the 90s

Before the technological explosion that we are experiencing today, there was a time when manufacturers hit a wall trying to implement the use of electronics devices. Manzana, microsoft and many of the brands that today have impressive devices, went through proposals that failed.

One of those we remember today is the Newton MessagePad; a kind of iPad with which Manzana it failed several times in the early 1990s. So much was the debacle, that even suffered the ridicule of The Simpsons in one of its episodes.

Let’s remember then, thanks to a review of hypertextualwhat was the famous Newton MessagePadwhich if we look at it in the images, looks like a kind of Casio scientific calculator with a much larger screen than usual.

The Newton MessagePad… Did it come out at the wrong time?

First of all, let us remember that the Newton, as everyone knew it back then, was in charge of implementing the phenomenon of PDA stands for personal digital assistants.

The device functioned as an agenda to organize your daily activities; a contact book, notepad to review your pending and, why not? of calculator.

The same Newton, which in its first generation was released on the market in August 1993, allowed you to connect with faxes and email platforms. In addition, as you can see in the image, with his electronic pen he let you write down in your own handwriting, and with this he transcribed your words into digital.

However, and here we go with the “Buts”, many of its functions were executed incorrectly. One of the most iconic and remembered is that you wrote something with the pencil on the screen and anything else came out. It was precisely this situation that earned the scketch in The Simpsons.

Another peculiarity was that its screen did not have a backlight. So, you couldn’t use it in the dark without an additional light. The Newton cost about $900; close to USD $1,800 if we take it to the current value, the price that contributed to its failure in sales.

Within its specifications, its ARM 610 microprocessor with 20 MHz power, 4 MB of reading memory and 640 KB of RAM stands out.

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