Newton MessagePad 120

At A Glance

Released in 1994, the Newton MessagePad 120 was available with 1 MB or 2 MB of RAM and supported Newton OS 2.0 which included several enhancements, including dramatically better handwriting recognition, improved backup of data to Mac or PC, an improved user interface and a better LCD display. Read the original specifications of the Newton MessagePad 120 at the Apple support site.

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Original Specifications

  • Newton Recognition Architecture:
    • Recognizes handwriting-printed, cursive, or a mixture of the two–with the assistance of a 13,000-word, built-in word list
    • Lets you add up to 1,000 words
    • Recognizes writing letter by letter or word by word
    • Allows deferred recognition: can store notes in handwritten form for later recognition
    • Includes three pop-up keyboards:typewriter, numeric, and phonepad
    • Recognizes graphics and symmetrical objects
  • Newton Communications Architecture:
    • Provides single interface for all communication services
    • Supports easy communications with minimum setup requirements
    • Supports new communications capabilities through its modular design
  • Intelligent Assistance Architecture:
    • Helps users complete repetitive tasks in multiple categories, including communications, scheduling, finding, and reminding functions
    • Contains smart defaults to reduce complexity
    • Works in and between applications
    • Supports extensions by third-party developers
  • Newton Hardware Architecture:
    • ARM 610 RISC processor at 20 MHz
    • Apple custom system ASIC
    • Low-power, reflective LCD display (320 by 240 pixels) 3.8-in. by 2.8-in. (9.6 cm by 7.2 cm)
    • Telescoping pen and crisp, transparent tablet
    • 4MB of ROM, upgradable
    • 2MB of RAM version: 687K of system RAM; 1,361k of non-volatile user RAM
    • 1MB of RAM version: 639K of system RAM; 385k of non-volatile user RAM
    • One PCMCIA Type II card slot with 325 mA capacity
    • LocalTalk and RS-232-compatible serial port
    • Low-power, half-duplex, infrared transceiver works at up to 38.4 kbps within 3.28 feet (1 meter)
    • Protective removable lid

  • Size and Weight:
    • Length: 8.0-in. (20.32 cm)
    • Width: 4.0-in. (10.16 cm)
    • Height: 1.2-in. (2.9 cm)
    • Weight: 1.0-lb. (0.48kg) without batteries
  • Operating Environment:
    • Temperature: 32 to 104 degrees F (0 to 40 degrees C)
    • Storage temperature: -4 to 117 degrees F (-20 to 47 degrees C)
    • Transit temperature: -4 to 149 degrees F (-20 to 65 degrees C) for up to 72 hours
    • Relative humidity: 20% to 90% noncondensing
  • Power Requirements:
    • Power adapter: Universal, 100 to 240 volts AC, 50/60 Hz, Four plug configurations: U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia
    • Battery Type: alkaline or NiCad Battery Pack
    • Lithium cell: DL2032: Operating range: 3 volts (nominal)
    • Built-in fast charger for optional NiCad Battery Pack
    • Power sources: four AA batteries (included), optional Power Adapter, and optional Rechargeable NiCad Battery Pack
  • Computer Connectivity Requirements:
    • Works with PC-compatible computers with 80386DX or better processors running Windows version 3.0 or later, using the Newton Connection Kit for Windows.
    • Works with Macintosh computers with 68030 or better processors and system software version 7.1 or later, using the Newton Connection Kit for Macintosh
  • Printer Support:
    • Built-in printer support for the Apple LaserWriter Plus (and other PostScript-equipped LaserWriter printers), the Personal LaserWriter LS, as well as the StyleWriter II printers
    • Works with most popular PC printers including the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet II, DeskJet 500, Canon BubbleJet 10e, and Epson LQ and FX using the optional Newton Print Pack
  • Fax Machine Support:
    • Supports Group 3 fax machines

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