APPLE PDA

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
In a June 21, artical AisaBizTech in an article called;Taiwan Enjoys Rapidly Growing Orders from Apple Computer contained the following information:

Separately, Apple is seeking production of personal digital assistants (PDAs) and some computer peripherals, such as its wireless communications access points, namely airports, in Taiwan.



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  • Reply 1 of 14
    screedscreed Posts: 1,077member
    [quote]Originally posted by BostonMH:

    <strong>Separately, Apple is seeking production of personal digital assistants (PDAs) and some computer peripherals, such as its wireless communications access points, namely airports, in Taiwan.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    New airports? (Hopefully Bluetooth & 802.11g, but this may be too much, too soon).

    <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />



    AsiaBizTech has been a mixed bag about product rumors...



    Screed



    [ 06-21-2002: Message edited by: sCreeD ]</p>
  • Reply 2 of 14
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
  • Reply 3 of 14
    screedscreed Posts: 1,077member
    Fran was like and I was like <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> but at Macworld Steve had no PDA and was like and Fran was like :confused: and we were all like .



    (Somebody on the boards did something like the above. The credit goes to them).



    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> Screed <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 4 of 14
    maskermasker Posts: 451member
    "When Jobs introduced Palm CEO Carl Yankowski, he turned to the audience and said that Apple had been "doing a lot of work with these guys lately," a comment that appeared to be lost in the furor over the non-announcement of the much-anticipated Pismo PowerBook." paraphrased from WIRED



    This was January 2000.....



    My bet is that it's been ready for a looong time but the market was bad and they shelfed it. Now in the mean time they have had 2 solid years of dev time to really hone it to perfection and during the development of it, actually created the iPod.



    Now with the hub strategy pushed to the forefront for good reasons (digital lifestyle over specs) and bad reasons (Motorola CPU speed slump)... Apple is now ready to reveal this baby.



    Probably a 10 GB HD, with bluetooth or Airport, and Inkwell of course.



    i wonder if Bluetooth instructions could be sort of "packeted" into an Airport friendly way so that there was some sort of Bluetooth-Airport compatiblility hack.



    IBM G3 333 Mhz low wattage processor of course.



    Some one wake me up.......



    MSKR
  • Reply 5 of 14
    bostonmhbostonmh Posts: 97member
    If there in the process of looking for a manufacture, then it won't be at MWNY. At the earliest fall paris (if there smart). I sure it would be on alot of christmas wish list
  • Reply 6 of 14
    Interesting.....



    You know, Steve has always said he's not interested in making a PDA, but I betcha he IS interested in making a handheld of some sort.



    The question is what would this Apple handheld be or do that makes it different (and better) than a PDA?



    Personal Digital Hub? A Star Trek PADD? A tri-corder? Videophone?



    The generic question is this: What functionality will be in the next generation of handheld devices that seperate them from the current PDA model? And is Apple gonna make one?



    TING5



    [ 06-21-2002: Message edited by: There is no g5 ]</p>
  • Reply 7 of 14
    nitridenitride Posts: 100member
    Apple had as near perfect a platform for a really powerful PDA that has never been matched (not even by Windoze CE/PocketPC which is just scaled down Windoze).



    It was called Newton, it had its own OS and it was 10 years ahead of everything else.



    This technology is STILL owned by Apple, but unfortunately everyone associated with it either left Apple by now or is so out of touch with it, it would take a full year just to get a workable modern Newton working on modern hardware. Newton doesn't even do color (at least not that we were told about).



    Frankly why Newton never reemerged from Apple is a complete mystery, the single biggest WTF Apple has ever managed to pull off. With some minor work on the hardware to scale down size/features to reduce cost the Newton could have competed with Palm as the truly Personal Digital Assistant and exposed how limited the Palm platform really is.



    My Palm OS device still does not realize who people are when I jot down event reminders in the calendar.



    Apple is selling an MP3 player for $500 in the face of cheapy keychain players. And people are buying them. If done right a modern Newton would have kicked @ss.



    [ 06-21-2002: Message edited by: Nitride ]</p>
  • Reply 8 of 14
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    The NewtOS 2.0 did indeed do color... they just didn't provide a color LCD to go with it.
  • Reply 9 of 14
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    If they make a new PDA,it has to have audio out, if it doesn't I would die!



    I think that is what every AppleProduct is based on.



    That is why I don't have AirPort. My monitor has an audio out port. THIS NEEDS AUDIO-OUT! <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
  • Reply 10 of 14
    xoolxool Posts: 2,460member
    In the background of the video one can see a 20th anniversary Mac. That, the lab gear, and the G4 certainly would indicate that this is something different...



    Hmmm....
  • Reply 11 of 14
    frawgzfrawgz Posts: 547member
    [quote]Originally posted by Masker:

    <strong>"When Jobs introduced Palm CEO Carl Yankowski, he turned to the audience and said that Apple had been "doing a lot of work with these guys lately," a comment that appeared to be lost in the furor over the non-announcement of the much-anticipated Pismo PowerBook." paraphrased from WIRED

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Apple "does work" with key companies all the time, does it not? In fact, they work with Adobe, Microsoft, Omni, and a host of other important companies in order to facilitate their software development process and to further refine their own products (read: Mac OS X).
  • Reply 12 of 14
    blackcatblackcat Posts: 697member
    [quote]Originally posted by frawgz:

    <strong>



    Apple "does work" with key companies all the time, does it not? In fact, they work with Adobe, Microsoft, Omni, and a host of other important companies in order to facilitate their software development process and to further refine their own products (read: Mac OS X).</strong><hr></blockquote>



    That's very true, but as Palm Desktop existed then, and Palm Desktop 4 is really just carbonised after a long gap, it leaves me wondering what on earth they were doing while "working together a lot".



    Jobs doesn't hate PDAs, he hates $500 address books that are no better than $5 filofaxes.



    He also likes competing with Sony, and the latest Clie is rather nice...



    ...imagine if all those features ran on a decent OS.
  • Reply 13 of 14
    [quote]Originally posted by Blackcat:

    <strong>



    That's very true, but as Palm Desktop existed then, and Palm Desktop 4 is really just carbonised after a long gap, it leaves me wondering what on earth they were doing while "working together a lot".



    Jobs doesn't hate PDAs, he hates $500 address books that are no better than $5 filofaxes.



    He also likes competing with Sony, and the latest Clie is rather nice...



    ...imagine if all those features ran on a decent OS.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Owned original MP100, MP2000, and now have Clie 760 which I'm about to reconnect to OS X using an upgrade of Missing Sync from MarkSpace (BTW, the guys at Markspace deserve recognition for Missing Sync 3, neat integration).



    Whilst my tech budget is exhausted for the next 18 months, an Apple PDA utilising some of the smarts of the Newton OS with the newer StrongARMs packaged in a Palm/Clie form factor would be a major turn-on. I do like the Clie, but in terms of overall functionality the Newt left it standing.
  • Reply 14 of 14
    programmerprogrammer Posts: 3,409member
    I think one of the original poster's is on the right track: Steve has said Apple isn't going to get into the PDA market. They are already in the hand-held market. A more carefully purposed device is the direction we'll probably see Apple go in. PDA stands for "personal digitial assistant" which is so vague and poorly directed that its not surprising that the market is flat (or contracting). I'm curious to see what they'll come up with, and I hope they are prepared to build lots of them because the potential is huge if they can tap into it.
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