Apple Newton MessagePad Model H1000

Apple released the Newton MessagePad Model H1000 in 1993 as one of the first personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. The device sported a 20 megahertz ARM 610 processor with 630 kilobytes of RAM and was powered by four AAA batteries. The MessagePad was designed to store contacts, notes, and calendars, and to provide word processing and rudimentary Internet browsing. The MessagePad’s most revolutionary feature was that it accepted handwriting input via a pen stylus. The novelty of handwriting recognition soon became notorious due its buggy translations, lampooned in popular culture, most notably in a week of Doonesbury comic strips.
Apple, Inc., Newton Apple MessagePad Handbook, 1995.
Kevin Strehlo, “Apple’s MessagePad is an Expensive Gadget at Best,” Info World, August 30, 1993, 1 & 104.
Object Name
portable computer, personal digital assistant
date made
Apple Computer, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 18.2 cm x 11.4 cm x 2.4 cm; 7 5/32 in x 4 1/2 in x 15/16 in
place made
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accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
American Enterprise
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Medicine and Science: Computers
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of James F. Young
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