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.
With this functionality, would you consider buying a Newton rather than your next BlackBerry?