Re: [NTLK] Safari Pad - Apple's Tablet Computer

From: Tony Kan <>
Date: Thu Apr 23 2009 - 00:38:09 EDT

He mentioned that Apple never recovered anythign above their investment in
Newton. That's not true, as it was because of its Newton efforts that it made
an investment in ARM. Apple made a pre-tax profit of $792m
( from its
investment in ARM Holdings. Much more than the some $400m in R&D he quoted.



"Over the long life of "Newton" development Apple spent (i estimate)
in excess of $400 million on R & D. The early years (88-91) were
almost pure research on technologies, hand-writing recognition, low
power CPU's (ATT Hobbit efforts), prototypes, UI design for pen, grand
schemes to create a large format "Slate" type products... The whole
"Newton" thing started as an attempt to implement Sculley's 'Knowelege
Navigator' video as a real product. It was typical Apple "engineering
technology for its own sake" with little real world concern for what a
customer would want and how much a buyer would pay for a given level
of functionality.

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