PDA and MacBook Pro

Unkei

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I know this will seem an odd, probably prehistoric question...but here goes anyway. And yes..I have an iPhone! I had years ago, a Palm PDA. Loved the little thing. I see I can get one from Amazon for $155. Does anyone know if one of these can be used with a MacBook Pro that is running the latest version of Mac OS? Just want to be able to sync the device and download available software ( actually is a bunch out there ).
Since Palm has been out of business for years, I am curious if it could be used, even in a limited way with my Mac. Know this is strange question, but hope some old tech guy like myself may have useful info.
Thanks,
Unkei
 

Thysanoptera

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Yeah, you’re good 10 years too late ;) Palm desktop was universal binary, so that doesn’t work by definition after Snow Leopard. There were some third party tools working still in Lion but I’m pretty sure there is no way to sync it in anything later.

You could try virtual machine with Windows, sync it with Outlook, then with some IMAP/exchange account or even iCloud, and then back to Mac. Just to see if it can be done, little practical value.

I still have my TX, never got rid of it. I remember holding it and thinking how great would it be if it had cell phone capabilities also. iPhone was 5 years away. Still have my Psion 5mx also, fully working just the backlight is broken due to, ehm..., cracked flexi cable.
 
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Still have a Palm pilot VII and Compaq iPaq. Unfortunately, both are relegated to my old computer display case, along with a 1984+ "Fat Mac" with 512K of memory and 10 MB hard drive. The drive alone that is bigger than the 2008 Mac Mini next to it.
 

Unkei

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Yeah..thats what I was afraid of. Its not that I,m not tech savy. Have a PC, two MacBook Pros, 5 different iPads, and a 10.5 inch iPadPro. Oh yeah...and aWacom Tablet to work with AutoCad and Photoshop. Got into computers around the time the “Two Steves” built their first Apple in the garage! Have built computers myself. Or at least assembled enough parts to make one. My first computers had no hard or even disk drive. You had to program them in Basic to get them to do anything! So....I’ve got a little history! The whole Palm thing...I suppose...was just a little bit of nostalgia. I’m 71 so have those moments!
And for acorntoy...shame on you! LOL!
Thanks folks,
Unkei
 

PhilMacbook

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Yeah, you’re good 10 years too late ;) Palm desktop was universal binary, so that doesn’t work by definition after Snow Leopard. There were some third party tools working still in Lion but I’m pretty sure there is no way to sync it in anything later.

You could try virtual machine with Windows, sync it with Outlook, then with some IMAP/exchange account or even iCloud, and then back to Mac. Just to see if it can be done, little practical value.

I still have my TX, never got rid of it. I remember holding it and thinking how great would it be if it had cell phone capabilities also. iPhone was 5 years away. Still have my Psion 5mx also, fully working just the backlight is broken due to, ehm..., cracked flexi cable.
The Psion 3 and Psion 5 were great. I had a Psion Revo too. A long time ago Psion was rumoured to have looked at buying a company with cellphone capabilities (it may have been Amstrad). It would have been great to see that. As it was Psion created Symbian which could have been great but the companies who were shareholders (Nokia, Motorla, Ericsson, etc.) dropped the ball.
 
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The Psion 3 and Psion 5 were great. I had a Psion Revo too. A long time ago Psion was rumoured to have looked at buying a company with cellphone capabilities (it may have been Amstrad). It would have been great to see that. As it was Psion created Symbian which could have been great but the companies who were shareholders (Nokia, Motorla, Ericsson, etc.) dropped the ball.
There was a crowdfunded campaign to build a modern replica of the 5 series with Android and Linux, and they pulled it off, it is called Gemini PDA:

https://store.planetcom.co.uk/collections/gemini-pda/products/gemini-pda-1

They hired the guy who designed original Psion 5 keyboard. It doesn't slide out though in this one, but the key feel is supposedly the same. Every now and then I have an itch to buy it, but realistically I think I wouldn't find much use for it in modern times, filled with giant phones, tablets and ultrabooks. I think they would make a lot more money just selling BT keyboard based on this design, I'd buy it on the spot.
 
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