Venti anni fa Apple metteva in commercio il primo Newton, il MessagePad. Fu un fallimento commerciale, ma non per molte idee alla base che trovarono una migliore espressione con l’iPhone. Mat Honan lo ricorda su Wired:
There’s also at least one tangible thread that connects the Newton to something you likely use every day (and that indeed drives the entire mobile industry): the ARM processor. Looking to maximize battery life, the Newton team went gunning for something that could generate lots of bits per watt of power. The best bet for that looked to be an ARM chip. Apple owned a third of the company at the time and directed development of the ARM6 processor that went into the Newton.