Not exactly a promise but...
"I emailed Steve Jobs this past weekend and received the following
response from him concerning the future of Newton:"
The Emate has a bright future - and it is for this reason
that I am pulling it back into Apple -which has the resouces
to market and sell it much more broadly. You can imagine
that a small spin-off company would not have such a large
sales force or marketing budget. With the appropriate
investments in sales and marketing, we hope that the Emate
can become a great success.
We are a little more confused about the MessagePad. Since
it costs more ($1K or more vs $700-799 for the Emate) and
has no keyboard, its market seems more limited than the
Emate. However, sales of the current MessagePad are brisk,
so who knows... What do you think?
Don't worry - we are pulling this group back into Apple so
that we can invest even more sales and marketing resources
into these products, rather than dumping the products into a
small spin-off which lacks such resources.