Apple Newton fans need to be in Seattle on September 28


Love Notes to Newton traces the history of a device ahead of its time.
Newton documentary will be accompanied by a Q&A from original MessagePad team.
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Love Notes to Newton, a documentary about Apple’s ill-fated but influential Newton MessagePad, is getting a big screen showing. The documentary will be shown at the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle, Washington on September 28.

It’s accompanied by a Q&A session with several members of the original Newton team who worked at Apple. If you’re an old-school Apple fan, this is a great opportunity to get the inside story.

General Magic documentary is finally getting a theatrical release


General Magic documentary tells story of the iPhone that never was!
The game-changing device that never was!
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General Magic, a movie about the most important tech company you never heard of, is getting a theatrical run.

The documentary tells the story of a ’90s startup created by (and employing) some of the greatest minds at Apple. These included Mac veterans as well as future employees such as Tony “father of the iPod” Fadell. General Magic became a big hit at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and is now headed to theaters.

New Apple Music docuseries charts the rise of Wiz Khalifa


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Khalifa is the latest rapper to be chronicled in an Apple Music documentary.
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Wiz Khalifa is the latest rapper to receive the documentary treatment courtesy of Apple Music. Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam is set to debut this month on Apple’s streaming music platform.

The multi-part docuseries will feature footage from throughout the rapper’s career. If you’re a fan of Khalifa’s music, all five episodes will be available to binge watch on April 17.

Apple acquires feature-length documentary and animated movie


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Apple's original content catalog is getting even better.
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Apple has acquired the rights to two feature-length films as part of its original content efforts. The first is a feature documentary, titled The Elephant Queen of Athena, while the second is an animated film called Wolfwakers.

The Elephant Queen of Athena was opened up to buyers earlier this year at the European Film Market in Berlin, Germany. Following the story of an elephant matriarch who leads her family on journey across Africa in search of food and water, it’s been likened to 2005’s highly successful March of the Penguins.

Your first look at the new Apple Newton documentary


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Documentary will tell the story of one of Apple's most underrated products.
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Apple’s Newton MessagePad is one of the most intriguing Apple products in history: a product people considered a flop, but which was actually years ahead of its time.

If you’re a fan of the device, then this weekend you’ve got the chance to attend an exclusive screening of forthcoming documentary, Love Notes to Newton. It tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of one of Apple’s most fascinating (and misunderstood) product lines.

Check out the trailer below.

General Magic documentary sheds light on Apple spinout’s glorious failure


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General Magic wanted to build an iPhone-like device back in the 1990s.
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Are you familiar with General Magic? If you’re not, and you’re a fan of tech history, you really should be. A cutting edge startup founded by Andy Hertzfeld, Bill Atkinson and other veterans of the original Macintosh team, it was one of the most exciting tech companies of the 1990s — before it all came crashing down.

Now a new documentary is set to debut at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival, telling the story of General Magic and its efforts to build a breakthrough handheld computer.

Kickstarter documentary unpacks Steve Jobs’ original Apple downfall


Documentary will tell the story of Jobs' 1985 Apple firing and the immediate aftermath.
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Given that he was, you know, Steve Jobs, it’s still pretty crazy to think that there was a time in Apple history when Jobs was pretty much forced out of the company he helped found.

A new documentary, currently raising funds on Kickstarter, aims to tell the story of Jobs’ attempted boardroom coup and 1985 ouster from Apple with insights from the people who were actually there.

6 things we learned from the creation of iPhone documentary


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Scott Forstall and others chip in to tell their iPhone war stories.
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If you hadn’t heard by now, this week marks the tenth anniversary of a little device called the iPhone going on sale. To celebrate, the Wall Street Journal has created a new mini-documentary, entitled Behind the Glass, detailing the making of Apple’s breakthrough smartphone.

Courtesy of interviews with former Apple execs Tony Fadell, Scott Forstall and Greg Christie, here are the top factoids we learned from it.