Newton dead, killed by Apple

Lloyd Wood (
Fri, 27 Feb 1998 14:26:37 +0000 (GMT)

The Apple Newton is now officially dead. It will be replaced by MacOS
machines in the same Emate form factor. People will then no doubt buy
Windows CE machines instead, since you go with the desktop operating
system everyone else goes with.

Amazing how successful the PalmPilot is being in the same niche - but
then its developer tools are free and aren't based on something as
abstract and hard to grasp as Dylan.

Anyone want to buy my original MessagePad?


also owns a MagicCap cross-compiler and some Macintoshes he needs to
get rid of.

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer, Inc.
(Nasdaq: AAPL - Newton operating system and Newton OS-based products,
including the MessagePad 2100 and eMate 300.

``This decision is consistent with our strategy to focus all of our
software development resources on extending the Macintosh operating
system,'' said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim CEO. ``To realize our
ambitious plans we must focus all of our efforts in one direction.''

Apple is committed to affordable mobile computing, pioneered by the
eMate, and will be serving this market with Mac OS-based products
beginning in 1999.

Apple will continue to market and sell its current inventory of
MessagePad 2100 and eMate 300 computers, as well as to provide support
for their installed base of users. The Company is committed to working
with its customers and developers to ensure a smooth transition to Mac
OS-based products.

Apple Computer, Inc. ignited the personal computer revolution in the
1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the
1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is now recommitted to its original
mission -- to bring the best personal computing products and support
to students, educators, designers, scientists, engineers,
businesspersons and consumers in over 140 countries around the world.

The statements in this document regarding future products and strategy
are forward looking and subject to risk and uncertainty. Potential
risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the demand from
consumers and businesses and competitive factors. For a detailed
discussion of factors that may affect the Company's operating results,
interested parties should review the Company's SEC reports, including
Apple's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 26,
1997, as well as the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 26,

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, eMate, Macintosh, MessagePad, and Newton
are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Additional company
and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the
individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.