Not long after Apple introduced the Newton in 1991, their first personal digital assistant (PDA), it became pretty clear that this product’s life would be a short one. While the concept of the Newton got real attention, its design and functions were weak and in the end did not work as stated by Apple. Its most significant problem was its handwriting recognition technology that was deeply flawed. It did not work for a lot of reasons, the key one being the mobile processors available at that time were incapable of handling this task with any level of accuracy or precision. And the software Apple used for this was inferior in its execution.
Tim Bajarin is the President of Creative Strategies, Inc. He is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin has been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM, Apple, Xerox, Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba and numerous others. View all posts by Tim Bajarin