Today is the 25 year anniversary of Apple discontinuing the Newton Messagepad. The Messagepad was the first Apple product that I purchased, having long desired but not affording a Mac. I went in to debt to by the Messagepad because I saw it as transformative. Although it was over-hyped and set up for failure, it consider the Messagepad as the great grandfather of the iPhone. Most who know Newton at all recall its failures at handwriting recognition, a technology that today works very well and hardly talked about. As far as I know, Newton was also the first commercially available object oriented operating system that provided functionality not to dissimilar what assistants do today, 25 years ago!