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Qualcomm offered Apple its technology to make a Newton with a phone, and it was turned down

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Qualcomm offered Apple its technology to make a Newton with a phone, and it was turned down
Qualcomm offered Apple its technology to make a Newton with a phone, and it was turned down

The Newton is one of the products ahead of its time that became a failure, which was removed from Apple’s catalogue as soon as Steve Jobs returned. However, in those years of Sculley’s Apple, Qualcomm offered them its technology to integrate a phone module to the Newton. When Cupertino’s people turned them down, they created their own phone with the help of Palm, which put all its know-how into creating a PDA-phone, the first smartphone in history: the Qualcomm PDQ.

This weekend we are unknown stories regarding times past in Apple . If we told you this morning that Steve Jobs had discussions with Cingular for the development of the iPhone antennas, now the story goes back to the 1990s, where Qualcomm offered its technology to Apple to make a Newton with a phone.

We learned about this from an interview Charlie Rose conducted with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs . In this interview, we also learned that he will be hosting the keynote at CES 2013, where Qualcomm will be the featured company showcasing the latest innovations for the next generation of mobile devices.

Halfway through the interview, Paul says that Qualcomm tried to convince Apple in the 1990s to put cell phone chips in Newton PDAs, but it was a failed attempt. After that, they moved on to the next heavyweight of the era, the now-defunct Palm. With them they got a collaboration and designed a smartphone under the brand name of Qualcomm with the help of Palm , which can be considered as the first smartphone in history. It was the first PDA with an integrated phone, the Qualcomm PDQ.

Jacobs also recognizes that Apple is a great company thanks to the marketing of its products, which with the iPhone managed to bring the smartphone to the masses and to a new level. He also admits that thanks to the Californians owes much of its success , as the iPhone carries Qualcomm chips.

Charlie Rose