3. #ThrowbackThursday: Love notes to Newton. The Newton MessagePad is probably Apple’s canonical ahead-of-its-time product. Newtons were the only Apple gadgets that could qualify as “mobile” devices in the mid-’90s, and they sported styluses with handwriting recognition — albeit famously eccentric. Steve Jobs killed the Newton when he returned to Apple in 1996, and some speculate that it was just because it was an Apple product he didn’t create.
The Newton line has its devotees, and a new documentary, "Love Notes to Newton," celebrates its life, death, and afterlife. The film will be shown at the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle, Washington on September 28, followed by a Q&A session with members of the original Newton team. If you’re in the area and go to the screening, take some photos, write up your impressions, and send them to email@example.com. I’d love to put it in the newsletter! — CULT OF MAC