Newton eMate 300

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Newton eMate 300
CPU: 25 MHz ARM 710a
Supported OS: Newton OS 2.1
Introduced:March 1997
Discontinued:February 1998
Full Specifications
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The eMate 300 was a personal digital assistant designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer to the education market as a low-cost laptop running the Newton operating system. The eMate was introduced March 7, 1997, for US$800 and was discontinued along with the Newton product line and its operating system on February 27, 1998.[1]


The eMate 300 featured a 480×320 resolution 16-shade grayscale display with a backlight, a stylus pen, a full-sized keyboard, an infrared port, and standard Macintosh serial/LocalTalk ports. Power came from built-in rechargeable batteries, which lasted up to 28 hours on full charge. In order to achieve its low price, the eMate 300 did not have all the features of the contemporary Newton equivalent, the MessagePad 2000. The eMate used a 25 MHz ARM 710a RISC processor and had less memory than the MessagePad 2000 which used a StrongARM 110 RISC processor and was more expandable.


The eMate 300 featured a dark green-colored translucent durable case designed for intense use in classrooms. The eMate 300 featured a dark-green colored keyboard similar to that of PowerBooks of the same era. Purple, red, and orange colored eMate prototypes were produced especially for show only and were never put into mass production.[2][3]


The eMate's unusual design eventually influenced the first iBook series, which also featured durable plastic casing with a handle. However, the iBook featured a broader range of features and used the Mac OS, enabling it to run more software. The original iBook series, introduced in 1999, featured 300 MHz PowerPC G3 processors compared to the 25 MHz ARM 710a RISC processor used in the eMate.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 25 MHz ARM 710a
    • Standard RAM: 3 MiB
    • RAM Onboard: 3 MiB
  • Miscellaneous
    • Case Style: eMate 300
    • Weight: 4 lb
    • Introduced: March 1997
    • Introduced: February 1998
    • MSRP: 800

See also


  • Owen Linzmayer, Apple Confidential 2.0, pages 191-206, ISBN 1-59327-010-0 (2004)

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