Dead Apple Products – The Apple Newton
The iPad has become a runaway success for Apple, but other Apple products were also attempts at a slate-like device. The first was the Apple Newton, released in 1993.
Starting with the Apple Newton MessagePad 100 (one of which holds a place of honor in my desk drawer), Apple released a series of hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs). Input was via a plastic stylus and the Apple Newton even featured handwriting recognition and a healthy ecosystem of third-party apps.
But the Newtons ate batteries, the handwriting recognition wasn’t exactly perfect and competition in the form of Palm Pilots and other PDAs soon made for a tough market.
The last Apple Newton — the MessagePad 2100 — went on sale in late 1997 and the Newton joined the list of dead Apple products in the spring of 1998 as a struggling Apple focused on its core computer products.