In a press release earlier this week, Apple announced the Newton MessagePad 2100, due to ship in November. The 2100 resembles its predecessor, the MessagePad 2000 (reviewed in TidBITS 379), but comes with an additional 3 MB of DRAM for a total of 4 MB DRAM, helping users keep multiple programs launched. Although the Newton 2100 represents an incrementally nicer Newton, it doesn't break new ground. A comparison of the data sheets available on Apple's Newton Web site shows that only extremely subtle changes further differentiate the 2100 from the 2000. Through 30-Apr-97 or while supplies last, Message Pad 2000 owners can upgrade by sending their MessagePads to Apple for a memory upgrade, new software, and other goodies (such as a 2 MB flash RAM card while supplies last). If you purchase a MessagePad 2000 before 07-Nov-97, the upgrade costs $99; $199 otherwise. Apple anticipates completing an upgrade two to five days after receiving a unit. News of a new Newton is positive, but we are concerned about a rumour on Macintouch, noting layoffs of up to 30 percent of the Newton work force.
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- MessagePad 2000: New Newton Exceeds Expectations (12 May 97)