Newton MessagePad 120

The Apple Newton MessagePad 120 is a personal digital assistant device that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1994 to 1996 as part of the Newton series. The device has been introduced on October 1, 1994, and its price started at $599.

The all-new MessagePad features a 20 MHz ARM 610 RISC processor, 1 MB or 2 MB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, 320 x 240 Screen, and is powered by 4x AA batteries or an external power supply.

This MessagePad has been discontinued on June 1, 1996.

Today Newton MessagePad 120 is 28 years old!

Newton MessagePad 120
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Newton MessagePad 120 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedOctober 1, 1994 in Germany
January 30, 1995 in the US.
DiscontinuedJune 1, 1996
Model Identifier2
Model NumberUnknown
Order NumberH0126LL/A (1 MB)
H0142LL/A (2 MB)
H0153LL/A (2 MB with Newton OS 2.0)
Original Price$599
ColorsDark Grey
Weight1 Ibs.
453.59 Grams
Dimensions8” H x 4” W x 1.2” D
20.3 cm H x 10.16 cm W x 3 cm

Tech Specs


ProcessorARM 610 RISC
Processor Speed20 MHz
Number of Cores1


2 MB


Input MethodTelescoping Pen
Resolution320 x 240


Expansion Slots1 – PCMCIA-Slot II


Serial1 – LocalTalk compatible
1 – RS-232 compatible
Infrared1 – Low-power, half-duplex at up to 38.4 kbps


Original OSNewton OS 1.3 (EN, GE, FR)
Maximum OSNewton OS 2.0 (EN, GE)


Battery4 AA or NiCd re-chargeable battery or external power supply
Battery LifeUp to 12 hours

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