Qualcomm: Apple Rejected Our Idea To Make A Phone Out Of The Newton

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The Apple Newton. Failure, or precursor of the iPhone?
The Apple Newton. Failure, or precursor of the iPhone?

Apple’s Newton platform was considered to be ahead of its time, even though Steve Jobs eventually axed the iPhone-like device when he made his return back to Apple. But even though the Newton was futuristic, it could have been even better if Apple had listened to Qualcomm’s advice.

During an interview with Charlie Rose, Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs said that he tried to convince Apple to put a radio chip in the Newton PDA during the 90s, but was shot down, so he struck up a deal with Palm instead.