Newton MessagePad 110 (Developer Edition)


At A Glance

Also known as the ‘Clear Newton’, the Newton 110 Developer version was one of around 100 made specifically made for and given out to developers at the 1994 Mac Developers conference. You can view the original specifications of the Newton MessagePad 110 at the Apple site by clicking here.

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Original Specifications


  • Newton Recognition Architecture:
    • Recognizes handwriting: printed, cursive, or a mixture of the two
    • Recognizes writing letter by letter or word by word
    • Recognizes graphics and the inherent symmetry in objects
    • Allows deferred recognition: can store notes in handwritten form for later recognition Newton Information Architecture
    • Object-oriented data storage optimized for storing, finding, and linking small pieces of information
    • Easy creation of custom forms applications via the flexible graphical view toolbox
    • Easy data sharing using standard tags
    • Object-oriented database provides flexible view of data
  • Newton Communications Architecture:
    • Provides single interface for all communication services
    • Integrated to support easy communications with minimum setup requirements
    • Designed in modules to support new communications capabilities
  • 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 processor at 20 MHz
    • Apple custom system ASIC
    • Low-power, reflective LCD display (320 by 240 pixels)
    • Transparent tablet with round telescoping pen
    • 4MB of ROM
    • 1MB of RAM
    • One PCMCIA Type II card slot
    • LocalTalk compatible serial port
    • Low-power, half-duplex, infrared transceiver (up to 38.4 Kbps at 1 meter)
    • Protective screen lid


  • Communications capabilities
    • Print to Apple LaserWriters and StyleWriters with serial cable and to popular parallel printers using Newton Print Pack
    • Fax with optional fax/modem (9,600 baud fax send, automatic cover-page generation, post-formatting)
    • Send notes, name cards, and appointments at up to 38.4 Kbps within 1 meter (3.28 feet) using high-speed beaming via infrared technology
    • Handle telephone needs with assistance for intelligent auto dialing (DTMF or modem dialing)
    • Receive and store wireless messages using optional Messaging Card
    • Use NewtonMail (This service may not be available in all countries) to exchange electronic mail with other Newton MessagePad users, as well as with Windows-based and Macintosh computer users with an optional modem
  • Size and Weight:
    • Height: 8 in. (202 mm)
    • Width: 4 in. (106 mm)
    • Depth: 1.25 in. (31 mm)
    • Weight: 1.28 lb. (580 kg)
  • Operating Environment:
    • Temperature: 32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
    • Storage temperature: -4 to 117 F (-20 to 47 C)
    • 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 Ni-Cad Battery Pack
    • Alkaline output: 6.0 volts DC, 4.1 WH (nominal)
    • Ni-Cad output: 6.0 volts DC, 800 mAh
    • Lithium cell: DL2032
    • Operating range: 3 volts (nominal)
    • Power source: four AA batteries (included), optional Rechargeable Ni-Cad Battery Pack, or optional AC adapter
  • 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 StyleWriter and StyleWriter II
    • All Apple PostScript laser printers: LaserWriter Plus and later
    • The Apple Personal LaserWriter LS printer
    • Most popular PC printers, including the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet II, DeskJet 500, Canon BubbleJet 10e, and Epson LQ and FX using the Newton Print Pack option
  • Fax Machine Support:
    • Supports Group 3 fax machines


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