Apple Newton

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber’s take on one of the many reasons why Apple’s Newton failed:

The Newton was a pre-Internet concept that debuted at the start of the Internet revolution. All modern computers are now seen as communication devices. The Newton wasn’t designed around that. I’m not arguing that Apple should have somehow invented Wi-Fi in 1993, but rather that the lack of any wireless IP networking was the biggest factor that kept the whole concept from being compelling to enough people to make it a hit. The Palm Pilot wasn’t any more of an Internet device when it debuted, but it didn’t have to be, because it cost less.

Definitely worth reading the entire post titled “The Original Tablet” in light of what most experts agree will be an unveiling of Apple’s next tablet on the 27th.