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.

Date Made: 1993

Maker: Apple Computer, Inc.

Place Made: Japan

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers, Computers & Business Machines, American Enterprise

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of James F. Young

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1999.0290.01Accession Number: 1999.0290Catalog Number: 1999.0290.01

Object Name: portable computer, personal digital assistant

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)glass (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: 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


Record Id: nmah_552319

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