Scan originally appeared in Wired 01.05, November 1993
Now that Apple yesterday released their advertising hounds, let's take a look back: Before the iPad, there was.... the MessagePad!
Yup, that was actually what it was called.
This baby was launched in 1993, ran on 4 AAA-batteries, giving it a ridiculously low battery-life, and sported the Newton operating system from Apple. It was highly anticipated, with hype going two years before the launch, which the actual product had a hard time catching up to. From Wired’s own recap of the product in the same issue as this ad was brought:
“Much like the original Macintosh 128K machine, the Newton has its share of flaws, bugs and limitations, but it’s still an amazing device that heralds a major revolution in personal computing”Does this at all sound familiar to you?
In 1997, Apple followed up with the MessagePad 2000 (ahh, the golden age of millennium product names):
Scan from Wired May 1997
This 2k version was rather well received on the market, bringing in a bit of extra dough for Apple. This was in the struggling years, before the bubble and before the effects of the Second coming of Steve Jobs could be seen from the outside, when pretty much all stories about Apple was on the angle of when they would die.
Oh, and despite what you might think when reading the above, I totally believe in the success of the iPad. I've reserved a seat in my couch for it, and my moms next computer is going to be an iPad.