Cupertino, California -- July 30, 1993 -- Apple Computer, Inc. today announced that the first product based on its innovative Newton technology -- the Newton MessagePad -- will ship on Aug. 2, 1993. The Newton MessagePad is a handheld communications assistant that allows people to gather, manage, and share information with tremendous ease and spontaneity. By combining rich communications capabilities with technology that actively assists people in getting work done, Apple has created a new class of personal digital assistant (PDA) devices -- one that lets people communicate ideas with greater speed, clarity, and effectiveness. The Newton MessagePad is also a rich platform for a wide variety of new applications and software titles that take advantage of its unique technology, convenience, and usability.
The Newton MessagePad is the first in a family of products based on Newton technology: others will be introduced in the future by both Apple and its licensees.
"We believe that Newton will be seen as the defining technology of the digital age," said John Sculley, Apple chairman. "It will be a focal point for the coming convergence of industry sectors such as computers, communications and consumer electronics. Communications is a key component of this new emerging industry and the Newton MessagePad demonstrates how this capability can be powerfully yet intuitively built into a handheld device. I look forward to a full lineup of products and services based on Newton Intelligence, not just from Apple but from innovative, creative companies around the globe."