Cracking Open the Apple Newton

The Apple Newton H1000 (OMP)

The Newton was the first successful PDA. Introduced in 1993, it paved the way for such things as the Palm PDA, Pocket PC, and even devices like the iPhone. Ridiculed for poor performance, it didn't last long in the marketplace, but its influence lingers on today.

We got a hold of one and discovered what's inside. Our unit is an Apple Newton H1000, also known as an OMP (Original Message Pad). This was the first Newton on the market. It debuted in 1993.