The Return of the Newton (Apple PDA)?
AppleInsider reports that Apple has had an ongoing project to reinvent the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). Steve Jobs had previously admitted that they had been working on an Apple PDA in the labs, but had never shipped it. Certainly back in 2003 all the rumors had aligned pointing to the imminent release of an Apple Tablet from traditionally reliable sources. The product never came to light.
AppleInsider now claims that Apple has had an ongoing PDA project which uses the same multi-touch OS X as the foundation and may soon be ready to see the light of day. They describe the PDA as an ultra-thin slate about 1.5 times the size of the current iPhone. The screen is said to have a high resolution (720x480) display that takes up almost the entire surface. The rumor site states that the PDA could see an announcement as early as January 2008 (Macworld San Francisco) but with a ship date closer to the middle of the year.
Apple's PDA project would represent another core business segment beyond the existing Mac, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV lines. The introduction of an Apple PDA would mark Apple's return to the PDA business, which it invented in 1993 with the introduction of the Apple Newton.