Newton to remain member of the Apple family

Apple Computer is not proceeding with its previous plans to spin its Newton division off as a separate company. An Apple representative says the company is looking at the Newton division's eMate 300 as a potential product to sell to the education market, and that by bringing the Newton division back into Apple, the company can strengthen the appeal of the eMate 300 and help it to reach a broader audience. There is still speculation online that Apple is interested only in the eMate and not the division's MessagePad 2000 personal digital assistant.

Apple Computer is not proceeding with its previous plans to spin its Newton division off as a separate company.

An Apple representative says the company is looking at the Newton division's eMate 300 as a potential product to sell to the education market.

By bringing the Newton division back into Apple, the company can strengthen the appeal of the eMate 300 and help it to reach a broader audience, the representative says.

There has been speculation online that Apple is interested only in the eMate and not the division's MessagePad 2000 personal digital assistant.

The representative would only say that Apple is in the process of examining the structure of the Newton group.

One retail company, Newton Source, has based its entire business around the products.

"Our sales have been incredible on the MessagePad. We can't keep them in stock," says Steve Elms, the company's president. "As far as our business goes, it's really critical. I know they're coming out with another product soon."

Elms says he is growing tired of hearing different rumors about the fate of the Newton each day.

"The uncertainty is really incredible," Elms said. "And the lack of information [from Apple] is really disconcerting."

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