Last May, I had the pleasure of interviewing Noah Leon about a documentary project he was seeking crowdfunding for on Indiegogo. The film, set to be called Love Notes to Newton, would cover both the history of Apple’s ill-fated first mobile device, as well as the still-loyal community of fans who continue to love and use Newton and eMate.
While I own a MessagePad 130 and an eMate today (along with a few other “classic” mobile electronic devices), I missed out on the initial buzz over the Newton. I started using my first PDA, a term that John Scully coined at the launch of the original MessagePad, the year that the Newton was cancelled. As such, I was happy to help fund this project in hopes of learning more about this largely forgotten piece of Apple history and the people who keep its memory alive.