[NTLK] Clear developer's Newton 110 pops up on eBay | MacNN

Grant Hutchinson grant at splorp.com
Wed Jan 23 20:34:13 EST 2013

On 2013-01-23, at 3:10 PM, James Fraser wrote:

>> Replying to my own post, here's a shot of the "dedication"
>> Newton that I took a year or so ago.
>> http://instagram.com/p/UNyb8/
> Thank you for the picture. :)

I'm glad I remembered I took that one.

> I wonder if the clear MP110s with the Quick Tips cards glued to the lid (like the one in your picture) were the ones that the developers got (i.e. they were considered the "finished" ones) and the clear-lidded (half-finished?) ones were the ones that were sold at random?  
> Perhaps you can clear up that minor mystery when you dig out the purchased one?

That's a good question. I had forgotten about the two variations as mentioned on Arnold's site.

I'll see if I can check tonight.

> That is, that MP130 may have been produced when they first tested the production mold for the device.  IIRC, Apple tested molds by injecting them with a clear material that allowed them to examine casings for imperfections before they started cranking out regular (i.e. dark-skinned) production units.  Or something like that. 
> (I'm harking back to something I read at the time when the clear Mac SE was floating around in search of a permanent owner, so please help me out here, Grant.)

Here you go:


I have a clear eMate as well. Similar story ... early case production test units given to team members.




Grant Hutchinson

Interface Considerations. Feature Deprecation. Typography. Rawk.


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