Newton MessagePad 130


At A Glance

Released in 1996, the MessagePad 130 featured a 20 MHz ARM 610 processor, 8 MB ROM, 2.5 MB RAM and IR capabilities in a sleek handheld case with a 320×240 pressure-sensitive, backlit monochrome display. The MessagePad 130 was similar to the MessagePad 120 with a backlit screen, more RAM, and ran Newton OS 2.0. Read the original specifications of the Newton MessagePad 130 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 93,000-word, built-in word list
    • Lets you add up to 1,000 words
    • Includes four pop-up keyboards: typewriter, numeric, phone, and time/date
    • Recognizes graphics and symmetrical objects
  • Newton Information Architecture:
    • Object-oriented database stores, finds, and links information and provides a flexible view of this data
    • Newton Toolkit lets you easily create custom applications using its flexible graphical toolbox
    • Architecture lets you easily share data across applications
  • Newton Communications Architecture:
    • Provides built-in support for serial communications, PC card modems, sending and receiving faxes, and electronic mail
    • Provides a single interface for modular, object-oriented communications services
    • Provides improved performance with Internet communications applications and multitasking support
    • Supports new communications capabilities through its modular design
    • Supports Class II Fax
  • 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 third-party extensions
  • MessagePad Hardware Architecture:
    • ARM 610 RISC processor at 20 MHz
    • Apple custom system ASIC
    • Low-power, transflective LCD display with EL backlight (320 by 240 pixels) 3.8 in. by 2.8 in. (9.6 cm by 7.2 cm)
    • Nonglare writing surface
    • Telescoping pen
    • 8MB of ROM; 2.5MB RAM (1,199K of system RAM; 1,361K of nonvolatile user RAM)
    • One PC Card Type II slot with 325 mA capacity
    • LocalTalk and RS-232*compatible serial port
    • Low-power, half-duplex, infrared transceiver that works at up to 38.4 Kbits/sec within 3.28 ft. (1 m)
    • Protective, removable lid


  • Communications capabilities:
    • Prints using a variety of serial, parallel, and network printers
    • Receives and stores wireless messages using optional messaging cards*
    • Communicates via e-mail or taps into on-line services and the Internet with optional wired or wireless modem cards and software
    • Provides faxing with optional fax modem (automatic cover-page generation, post-formatting)
    • Beams notes, name cards, appointments, and packages at up to 38.4 Kbits/sec within 3.28 ft. (1 m) using high-speed infrared technology
    • Automatically dials phone calls with assistance from intelligent auto-dialing (DTMF or modem dialing)*
    • Connects to cellular or GSM phones for wireless data and fax communications
  • 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. (0.48 kg) without batteries
  • Operating environment:
    • Temperature: 32* to 104* F (0* to 40* C)
    • Storage temperature: *4* to 117* F (*20* to 47* C)
    • Transit temperature: *4* to 149* F (*20* to 65* C) for up to 72 hours
    • Relative humidity: 20% to 90% noncondensing
  • Power requirements:
    • Power adapter: * Universal, 100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, Four plug configurations: U.S., U.K., Europe, and Australia
    • Battery type: AA (LR6) alkaline or NiCd Battery Pack
    • Lithium cell: DL2032 (3 V nominal)
    • Built-in fast charger for optional NiCd Battery Pack
    • Power source: four AA alkaline batteries (included), optional power adapter, and optional NiCd Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Computer connectivity requirements:
      • Works with PC-compatible computers with 80386DX or later processors running Windows version 3.0 or later
      • Works with Mac OS*based computers with 68030 or later processors and system software version 7.1 or later
      • Printer support:
        • Offers built-in printer support for Apple LaserWriter Plus (and other PostScript-equipped LaserWriter printers), Personal LaserWriter LS, and Personal LaserWriter 300, as well as StyleWriter I and 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 and Class II Fax machines



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