Newton MessagePad 110

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Gallery Commentary

     In March of 1994, Apple released a new improved Newton, codenamed "Lindy," the new MessagePad 110 (MP110). This was the second 'form factor' for the Newton MessagePad line. Phil Baker and the newton systems group members were very proud of this newton. Its sleek attractive appearance won it several industrial design awards with good reason. Users agreed, when you picked up an MP110 it felt solid and comfortable in your hand. The spring loaded round stylus was equally attractive and comfortable. The 110 was narrower than the 100 due to the internalization of the pen holder, thus better fitting in the palm of the hand. In may ways the MP110 was an excellent upgrade from the MP100. The newest version of the operating system (1.3) was very stable, faster and had improved handwriting recognition and applications. This was the first newton to be powered by 4 AA batteries (as opposed to the 4 AAA batteries in the previous models). This increased the battery life enormously. The 110 had 1024k of SRAM, resulting in three times the user memory of previous newtons (480k vs 192k). The screen of the MP110 had quite a difference from previous models also. It was 16 pixels shorter (240 x 320 vs. 240 x 336) and quite a bit dimmer than those nice Sharp LCD screens in the OMP/MP100s. Sharp did not manufacture the 110. Another manufacturer (Matsushita?) took over after Sharp quietly exited the Newton world. The 110 had a the rubberized skin, a very nice screen lid (much like the commuicator flip lid in old Star Trek episodes) that double hinged to be secured behind the unit, it also had a right side loaded pen holder as well as moving the type II PCMCIA (PC) Card slot to the right side (previously on top, top now used for lid). Overall the 110 was an impressive upgrade.

Original Product Specifications Announcement (1994)


    The Newton MessagePad 110 personal digital assistant can help you manage information; stay in touch via fax, e-mail, and paging; and exchange information with your computer. It's the second member of the Newton family, and has more than three times the memory space and twice the battery life of the original Newton MessagePad. It can help you stay in and communicate more effectively. You can send faxes and receive pages and messages. Tap into on-line services or electronic mail. Even exchange business cards via built-in infrared technology. It can help you share and synchronize information with your Windows-based or Macintosh computer. It can help you organize ideas. Take notes. Make sketches. Format and print letters. And you can expand its capabilities with new software titles that help you keep track of your time, find your way around unfamiliar cities, and even deliver better-organized speeches.

     The Newton MessagePad 110 has powerful handwriting-recognition capabilities for both printed and cursive writing. So it can transform your handwriting into text letter by letter or word by word. It can also leave your notes handwritten should you wish to defer recognition until later. And as time goes by, it learns about you, your handwriting, and the way you work, helping you get more done. It comes with a built-in notepad, to-do list, datebook, and name file to get you started. And when combined with software titles offering new capabilities, the Newton MessagePadÑyour personal assistant with all the right connectionsÑis likely to become your most treasured possession.


Built-in applications

  • Let you capture, manage, and communicate business and personal information
  • Allow free-form notetakingÑmixing handwriting, printed text, and graphics
  • Turn printed or cursive handwriting into typed text or leave it handwritten
  • Recognize writing letter by letter or word by word
  • Update daily to-do lists and help assign priorities to tasks
  • Let you create name files for colleagues and friends using a familiar business-card format
  • Help you plan monthly, weekly, and daily calendars
  • Include an assortment of information and productivity tools such as time-zone maps,calculator, and currency exchange formulas
  • Communications capabilities

  • Send notes or messages, schedule appointments, or exchange business cards with other nearby Newton users via built-in, infrared beaming technology
  • Print formatted letters and notes to serial and parallel printers
  • Send faxes with an optional fax/modem
  • Receive and store wireless paging messages with the optional Newton Messaging Card
  • Share your Newton information and keep files synchronized and updated with Windows-based or Macintosh computers using the optional Newton Connection Kit
  • Tap into electronic mail and on-line services with an optional fax/modem
  • Intelligent assistance

  • Knows how you work and actively assists in making phone calls, faxing, finding information, sending electronic mail, printing, scheduling meetings, and completing to-do lists
  • Technical Specifications

    Newton Intelligence

  • Newton Recognition Architecture
  • Newton Information Architecture
  • Newton Communications Architecture
  • Intelligent Assistance Architecture
  • Newton Hardware Architecture
  • Communications capabilities

  • Print to Apple LaserWriters and StyleWriters with serial cable and to popular parallel printers using Newton Print Pack
  • Fax with optional fax/modem (9,600 baud fax send, automatic cover-page generation, post-formatting)
  • Send notes, name cards, and appointments at up to 38.4 Kbps within 1 meter (3.28 feet) using high-speed ÒbeamingÓ via infrared technology
  • Handle telephone needs with assistance for intelligent auto dialing (DTMF or modem dialing)
  • Receive and store wireless messages using optional Messaging Card*
  • Use NewtonMail (This service may not be available in all countries) to exchange electronic mail with other Newton MessagePad users, as well as with Windows-based and Macintosh computer users with an optional modem
  • Size and weight

  • Height: 8 in. (202 mm)
  • Width: 4 in. (106 mm)
  • Depth: 1.25 in. (31 mm)
  • Weight: 1.28 lb. (580 kg)
  • Operating environment

  • Temperature: 32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
  • Storage temperature: -4 to 117 F (-20 to 47 C)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 90% noncondensing
  • Power requirements

  • Power adapter:
  • Universal, 100 to 240 volts AC, 50/60 Hz
  • Four plug configurations: U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia
  • Battery type: alkaline or Ni-Cad Battery Pack
  • Alkaline output: 6.0 volts DC, 4.1 WH (nominal)
  • Ni-Cad output: 6.0 volts DC, 800 mAh
  • Lithium cell: DL2032
  • Operating range: 3 volts (nominal)
  • Power source: four AA batteries (included), optional Rechargeable Ni-Cad Battery Pack, or optional AC adapter
  • System requirements

  • Works with personal computers running Microsoft Windows version 3.0 or later using the Newton Connection Kit for Windows
  • Works with Macintosh personal computers running system software version 7.1 or later using the Newton Connection Kit for Macintosh
  • Printer support

  • Built-in printer support for the Apple StyleWriter and StyleWriter II
  • All Apple PostScript laser printers: LaserWriter Plus and later
  • The Apple Personal LaserWriter LS printer
  • Most popular PC printers, including the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet II, DeskJet 500, Canon BubbleJet 10e, and Epson LQ and FX using the Newton Print Pack option
  • Fax machine support

  • Supports Group 3 fax machines