iPad 2: half the size of a Newton.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nagromme, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. nagromme, Mar 16, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

    nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I know you were wondering.

    MessagePad 2000: 42.9 cubic inches
    iPad 2: 23.6 cubic inches
    The iPad 2 is even slightly lighter: 1.33 lbs. vs. 1.4 lbs.

    That’s the second-gen MessagePad. The original 336x240-pixel Newton model was almost as small as an iPad 2: 24.5 cu. in. (And a mere .9 lbs.)
    And the original iPad was in between the two Newtons: 37.7 cu. in.

    (These are bounding box volumes. All these devices are actually smaller because they’re not squared off. The original iPad, especially, is smaller if that’s taken into account. Drop it into a graduated container of water to see :) )

    Specs courtesy of everymac.

    I never owned a Newton, but I was curious to compare to Apple’s FIRST tablet product. (Which had an ARM chip, like the iPad 2... at 20MHz.) It even had a removable cover hinged at the left, and a dock of icons at the bottom:

  2. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Makes you wonder how technology wouldve played out if tablets had gotten popular instead of pcs back then.
  3. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
  4. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    I actually own an original Newton Messagepad (with original box and all materials). Pretty cool piece of tech.
  5. thesiren macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2011
    outer space
    I thought you meant a fig newton.

    I feel let down.
  6. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    I love Newton's. I was just a kid back in the day when they came out, it was my dream piece to own. I even like Steven Seagal, especially when he used one in Under Siege 2!
  7. mullman, Mar 16, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

    mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    I have a few Newtons around here, I nearly wore my original MessagePad out.
    IIRC it was $500 in 1994. The iPad 2 seems like such a deal compared to the Newtons I bought 'back in the day' :)

    I highly recommend this book if you can find it...pretty easy to locate in '94


    EDIT: looks like Amazon has a few
  8. nagromme thread starter macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I only played with a Newton once, but I have terrible penmanship and it recognized my writing quite well. I was impressed.

    You’ll love this then:

    From http://osxdaily.com/2011/03/13/macintosh-portable-vs-ipad-2

    iPad 2 next to Apple’s first portable machine... from 1989! It had nearly the same screen size as the iPad. 9.8” vs. the iPad’s 9.7” (but only 640x400). 16 lbs.!

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