Originally Posted by melgross
ALL of these things killed it. Possibly the biggest thing though, was the fact that as Scully's pet project, it would be one of the first things killed by Jobs when he came back.
Originally Posted by Tofino
yes... the newton almost certainly got 'steved' over apple-internal political reasons: NIBS - not invented by steve. it was john sculley's baby, and it got thrown out with the bath water.
Steve Jobs explicitly said why he killed the Newton, it was that one company couldn't successfully manage/develop two operating systems. I remember him actually saying so in an interview and it was reported elsewhere and perhaps also stated in a company newsletter. A web search turns up lots of more recent stories but:
Apple will stop producing Newtons and eMates. Steve Jobs says Apple has to focus all of its efforts on extending the Macintosh operating system.http://nzdl.sadl.uleth.ca/cgi-bin/li...6edf1227c893.5
This is interesting too:
Apple will cease all Newton OS hardware and software development, no more products will be made after the existing stock is depleted, and Apple will continue to provide support to users. Brief mention was made of development of a new low-cost Mac OS-based mobile device in the future, but no details were offered.http://www.pencomputing.com/frames/newton_obituary.html
It's a long story and Steve was ahead of the time all of the time. iPhone/iPod Touch has been in the making a good while, nearly a decade.