While some people think that Apple is new to the tablet game, we go back 13 years or so, to the time of the Newton 2100 MessagePad, the first “tablet” of the Cupertino company. Some guys went even further and did an unboxing of the old device, ironically placed near a modern iPhone. Here’s the result of the unboxing experience:
In case you’re wondering, here’s a list of specs of this almost ancient device: a 162 MHz StrongARM 110 processor, 8 MB of Mask ROM, 8 MB of RAM, dual PCMCIA slots, IrDA beaming support and a Newton InterConnect port. The display is a backlit LCD screen with a 480 x 320 pixel resolution @ 100 dpi, complete with a stylus that’s bundled with the product.
We know that this is more of a PDA than a tablet, but it’s as close to the device that’s coming as it gets. Newton 2100 runs the NewtonOS, which is not the MacOS, but it’s still developed by Apple.