At least once a year a rumor circulates that Apple is going to release a new line of handhelds to replace the Newton. Despite the fact that these never pan out, the rumors keep coming.
The latest comes from O’Grady’s PowerPage, which says it has been leaked information on a secret Apple project to create a mini laptop.
Supposedly, several prototype devices are being circulated within the company and have met with a positive response.
No pictures are available, but O’Grady’s PowerPage describes it as “an enlarged Motorola RAZR V3 mobile phone with a keyboard.”
It will reportedly have a touch screen and use Apple’s Inkwell technology for handwriting recognition. There has been no word on what the screen resolution will be.
Apple isn’t going to use its old Newton operating system on this device. Instead it will run a stripped-down version of Mac OS X.
Presumably this means it will be able to run all or most software written for Apple’s laptops and desktop computers.
It is not known when this device will be released.
Apple’s Newton line was some of the first handhelds, and the company’s CEO John Sculley even coined the term “PDA”. But the computer maker withdrew from the handheld market in 1998.
Rumors persist that there will be a new line of handhelds to replace the Newton, even though Apple executives have said several times their company has no plans to re-enter this market. In June of last year, for example, CEO Steve Jobs told an audience at a trade show that Apple has no plans to release a handheld or smartphone.
Thanks to Steven K. for the tip.