It was definitely an idea that resonated with people, but the technology wasn't baked enough," said Hall. "It may have been a little ahead of its time." The Newton premiered in 1993, and was defunct by 1998. Critics panned its digital pen and handwriting recognition, which made entering text into the device difficult. Despite its impressive functionality, the Newton's $1,000 price tag and bulky profile -- it didn't fit in most pockets -- led to its demise.