Is the iPhone (& Moto Droid) the bastard children of the Newton?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TapHappy, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. TapHappy macrumors regular

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    As evidence, I present to you the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and the Motorola Marco circa 1995. We've come a long way baby!
     

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  2. rs4orce macrumors newbie

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    I think their only connection is the fact that both iPhone and newton are apple products and both are mobile. Think it ends there, although I'm a big fan of the newton...all variations of them. Go newton!
     
  3. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

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    It's amazing how much smaller it is yet how much more is packed into it. I wonder what Apple would have thought if you could take a 3GS back in time to when the Message Pad was cutting edge tech :)

    [​IMG]
     
  4. milani macrumors 68000

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    Here's a great video of the Newton. Quite ahead of it's time. Arguably, in some ways, it's still ahead of the curve.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKHelCE9QAg&NR=1

    Btw what is that jailbroken theme on your iPhone there? Looks beautiful.
     
  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    [​IMG]

    Indeed. It was the first handheld to bring on the funny. :)
     
  6. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

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    It's a slightly modded iVillain theme. I saw it on the" post your home page" thread and fell in love with it :)
     
  7. anjinha macrumors 604

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    I'm usually not into theming the iPhone but that theme is gorgeous. What modifications did you do to it?
     
  8. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

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    Just the icons on the bottom. Originally it had just three. Two small ones and one large centre one. Because of the way it had been "fiddled"(adding transparent pixels to the icons) to get the three buttons to fit, it made it so you had to touch the screen away from the side icons to get them to work. If you pressed directly on them nothing happened.

    Plus the original had a little tab thing on the lower right that is suppose to be a handle to pull the next screen across. I got rid of that too :)
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    That iPhone theme is based on HTC's Sense UI for their Android (and soon, WM) phones.

    It's one of the reasons why people are hot for an HTC Hero.
     

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