Cracking open Apple's first tablet: The Newton MessagePad

Before there was the Apple iPad, there was the Newton MessagePad. TechRepublic cracks open the Newton for a look inside the Apple iPad's ancestor.

The iPad isn't Apple's first foray into the tablet market. Before there was the iPad, there was the Newton MessagePad.

Introduced in 1993, it paved the way for device like the Palm PDA, Pocket PC, and more than a decade later the Apple's own iPhone. Unfortunately, the Newton was Ridiculed for poor performance, it didn't last long in the marketplace, but its influence lingers on today.

In 2008, TechRepublic got our hands on an Apple Newton H1000, also known as an OMP (Original Message Pad). This was the first Newton on the market. We just couldn't resist taking it apart. Here's a look at the technology inside the Apple iPad's early ancestor.

Apple Newton MessagePad tablet/handheld computer

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Update 12/8/2011: This post originally appeared in our TR Dojo blog.


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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