Computerworld: Why Apple’s ‘new Newton’ will dominate the small-computer market

“Events in the past 30 days lead me to conclude something unthinkable just one month ago: Apple — yeah, I said it: Apple! — will ship the first ever successful small computer. Call it the Newton on Crack (or, more accurately, on Mac),” Mike Elgan writes for Computerworld.

“AppleInsider said this week that Apple is working on an updated Newton MessagePad — basically a big iPod Touch with additional PDA functionality. The Mac OS X Leopard-based mobile mini-tablet PC will be 1.5 times the size of an iPhone, but with an approximate 720 x 480 high-resolution display. The site estimates that the new device will ship in the first half of 2008,” Elgan writes.

“If true (and some believe it isn’t), this rumor is very good news. If Apple ships an iPod Touch, but with good PIM (personal information manager) functionality, an optional wireless keyboard and good battery life for under $1,000, they win,” Elgan writes.

“As I’ve said before in this space, Apple’s iPhone user interface is a glimpse of the future, not only of future Apple mobile computers, but desktops and the future of all PCs as well. It’s inevitable that Apple will ship a tablet Mac that works like the iPhone… Right now, the only company with a prayer of succeeding in the small computer space is also the only company that hasn’t even shown a prototype — Apple,” Elgan writes.

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  1. Simplicity is what has worked for Apple.
    Keep your product line simple, also.
    The average sheep won’t take the time to distinguish between each product.
    Keep it simple, stupid. And, while I’m on a roll, no FM tuner for the iPod…buy it separately.

  2. I don’t know Always wanted something like the computing hand held slates seen on Star Trek. The iPhone and touch are nice but still a bit small in form factor. Works for some people but not everyone. Give me a touch tablet the width and height of a paperback with wifi and room to see enough of a doc to really edit it and I’m sold.

    Not too small, not too big, but just right!

    Call it Newton for the marketing and I think Apple will have another winner on their hands.

    MDN word “help” is on the way.

  3. I hope they make it and I hope the call it The Newton.

    I was going to buy an iPod Touch just to be able to visit a certain website for work as I was out an about in the city. My only hesitation is that the screen of the iPod Touch is a bit too small for my needs.

    This would be perfect, just perfect. Add an email client, an IM client and the other usual suspects and it’d be what the Newton was suppose to be but never could become (due to limitation in available technology, both hardware and software)

  4. The same people hollering for a Newton are the same people who hollered for a headless Mac…well, you got it, and then not a peep is heard.
    Jobs will never call anything the Newton…you folks let the Newton rest in peace. Have any of you realized yet that a tablet is not really what people want.
    Now, a much better idea is a 10″ Macbook. Think about it!.

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