Re: [NTLK] Newtoneers to be louder back then?

From: Jeff Sheldon (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 14:50:09 PDT

On Mon, Jul 07, 2003 at 03:37:21PM +0200, WL wrote:
> So i'm wondering: Could the Newton community have been any louder, i.e.
> more efficient in achieving its goal of convincing Apple to continue
> producing/developing Newtons or at least selling Newton Inc.?

I doubt it. When Apple was killing off the Apple ][ line, they
were under fire from a number of directions (including education).

Concerning the Newton: Jobs' opinion of Sculley, the media's bad HWR
claims, and the total cost of R&D behind the device didn't help. Selling
it would have admitted defeat more than axing it, I would think
(since someone else could have started a-new with the Technology
and actually succeed...or if the Newton did worse, then its known
association with Apple could have done more damage to Apple.)

If the Newton API ever gets ported to a *nix underlayer and goes hardware
independent, it won't matter anymore. There would hopefully be enough
well-documented source code and enthused Newtonites at that point that
it could go any direction (Newton-oriented IP phone firmware replacements,
Tivo-clones, "Cadillac" a la TabletPC, etc.) There would have to be some
strict standards and responsible people at the core behind the official


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