Reports say ultramodern Apple Newton PDA on way; would you buy one?

Reports say ultramodern Apple Newton PDA on way; would you buy one?

Summary: Note: Because I thought you would be interested, this is mostly a repost from my BlackBerry Beat blog.The old Apple Newton handheld lived and died before BlackBerry was even born.

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Note: Because I thought you would be interested, this is mostly a repost from my BlackBerry Beat blog.

The old Apple Newton handheld lived and died before BlackBerry was even born.

But if reports first posted on Apple Insider are accurate (and the site usually is), we are going to see an Apple Newton sometime in the first part of 2008.

Don't get too excited about the art at the top of this post. It is a mockup by Apple Insider. That would put Apple in the most direct competition with BlackBerry yet. In fact, it sounds like it will be higher-res than any BB in the wild.

It is said that the updated Newton will run an embedded version of Mac OS X Leopard.

Apple Insider's take in part:

Externally, the multi-touch PDA has been described by sources as an ultra-thin "slate" akin to the iPhone, about 1.5 times the size and sporting an approximate 720x480 high-resolution display that comprises almost the entire surface of the unit. The device is further believed to leverage multi-touch concepts which have yet to gain widespread adoption in Apple's existing multi-touch products -- the iPhone and iPod touch -- like drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste.

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  • I would get one

    It would have to be carrier-free.
    Wifi g
    A command line to the OS like a "real" computer aka like a Nokia 800 linux tablet.
    Be able to install and remove 3rd party apps.

    On the flip side, I think Apple will have a hard time with this. Linux PDAs are not gaining enough traction quickly enough.. mostly due to specific apps that usually need windows mobile.

    Also, with Windows Mobile 6, the kernel has been re-written to remove the legacy memory limitations. It mostly does a good job now. I think it won't be too long until HTC or someone makes a PDA where the physical body is almost the same as the screen size using existing screen technology. It won't be as pretty as Apple's screen but at that point, I'm not sure Apple could charge a premium just because it looks like an iPhone.
    croberts
  • RE: Reports say ultramodern Apple Newton PDA on way; would you buy one?

    Isn't the iPhone more analogous to the Blackberry? This device (iTablet?) seems closer to the Microsoft UMPC done right. If Apple can successfully scale up what they've achieved with the iPhone and iPod touch into a useable tablet/slate PC, they're going to have a winner. As with the iPhone, it seems they may just blow past the competition, which has been going nowhere in the UMPC space.

    That's assuming that this rumour has some substance, of course!
    Jason Etheridge
  • RE: Reports say ultramodern Apple Newton PDA on way; would you buy one?

    If anyone can pull it off, I imagine Steve Jobs can. Although, they did make the AppleTV also.... why would any one want that when you can just plug an iPod in there that's cheaper and is portable? I thought AppleTV was worthwhile until I saw they basically didn't really support it and because it didn't run on anything lower than 480p..... Most people have SDTVs (maybe not so much more since HDTVs came down in price, but many still do).

    Add that with little HDTV, if any, support on iTunes and you wonder why you'd want to bother.

    Why would I buy the Newton II if the iPhone is out? The only thing stopping me from getting the iTouch was the low storage capacity. I'm using 44GB of my iPod Classic now and that holds everything including 30 hours of video.

    Lauren
    lauren.glenn
    • Perhaps it's just me

      But I could think of quite a few reasons why someone would get this instead of, or in addition to, the iPhone.

      Most of those reasons center around the fact that this is a PDA and the iPhone is not - actually it's nowhere even close.

      The purpose of a PDA is to actually have some productivity functionality in your pocket. That would indicate that this product and the iPhone are light-years apart from one another as far as their primary uses.

      Basically, why would you buy a Newton II if the iPhone is out? For the same reason that businesses don't want the iPhone - it doesn't do what a person that needs pocket productivity needs. However, the iPhone has an iPod, which is totally useless for any type of business need.

      If Apple has any endeavors to eek into the business world, this is where they need to start. The iPhone isn't going to cut it.

      Now, for individual consumers, the iPhone would probably do the job. It's all about what you use it for, and I doubt that the target market for a device like this is worried about the iPod storage as the decisive factor for purchase.
      laura.b