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Apple Newton MessagePad 120

The Apple Newton MessagePad 120, codenamed Gelato, features a 20 MHz ARM 610 processor, 4 MB of upgradable ROM, 1.0 MB (639k of system RAM, 385k of Flash RAM for internal storage) or 2.0 MB (687k of system RAM, 1,361k of Flash RAM for internal storage) of RAM, and infrared-beaming capabilities in a sleek handheld case with a 320x240 pressure-sensitive monochrome display for use with a provided stylus. The Newton MessagePad 120 uses the same case as the Newton MessagePad 110 but lacks the rubberized surface. 

The MessagePad 120 also features a socketed ROM, more RAM, and the capability to use higher-power PCMCIA cards (325 mA). The Newton MessagePad was one of the first series of handheld systems, or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), to attempt to recognize natural handwriting and use a basic form of artificial intelligence to 'tie' relevant information together. Please note that Newtons are technically not 'Macs', as they do not operate the MacOS, and instead use the NewtonOS (also developed by Apple).

Introduction Date: October 1, 1994 1. Discontinued Date: June 1, 1996

Processor Type: ARM 610 Processor Speed: 20 MHz

Our working 120 was very kindly donated by Andrew Norris and is complete in box with
MessagePad 120 handbook & user guide
Newton Kit for Macintosh
Sketcher for the Macintosh Version 1.0 (software & manual)


Timeline for MessagePad :

Date Event
3 Aug 1993 Introduction of Apple Newton PDA

Magazine Articles About MessagePad


Apple Newton MessagePad 120



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