The Apple Newton was one of the first PDAs to hit the market. It was “based on the ARM 610 RISC processor, and featured handwriting recognition. Apple’s official name for the device was “MessagePad”; the term “Newton” was Apple’s name for the operating system it used, but popular usage of the word Newton has grown to include the device and its software together.” Video after the jump.
…Newton project was not originally intended to produce a PDA. The PDA category did not exist for most of Newton’s genesis, and the “personal digital assistant” term itself was coined relatively late in the development cycle by Apple’s then-CEO John Sculley, the driving force behind the project. Newton was intended to be a complete reinvention of personal computing, similar to the modern tablet PC