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Apple Brings Back Old Tablet Developer

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

Because it wouldn't be right if there wasn't at least one Apple tablet rumor a week, now would it?

Apple has brought Michael Tchao on board as Vice President of Product Marketing. Reporting directly to Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Tchao comes from Nike's Techlab, the division responsible for all the Nike+ gear. However, it's not Tchao's years at Nike that has people talking.

You see, prior to working for Nike, Tchao worked for Apple as one of the leading developers on Apple's Newton personal assistant hardware/software platform. No one at Apple has said Tchao will be working on another tablet or PDA but, as you can imagine ever since the news hit the blogosphere, folks have been speculating as to whether or not Tchao is there to market Apple's yet-to-be-confirmed tablet that is expected in early 2010.

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    ssddx , September 29, 2009 4:13 PM
    "Because it wouldn't be right if there wasn't at least one Apple tablet rumor a week, now would it?"

    Too bad we cannot + rate an article. +1 Jane

    As for the news.. that makes sense. I suppose we have to wait and see.
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    djackson_dba , September 29, 2009 4:29 PM
    I am not an Apple fanboy, but that is very good news for their tablet platform. I wrote software for the Newton and it was an amazing platform.
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    captaincharisma , September 29, 2009 4:38 PM
    wasn't the newton a failure? if it was then this would be like Nintendo bringing back the creator of the virtual boy to make the next console
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    Titanius , September 29, 2009 5:14 PM
    Newton was only a failure because it was way ahead of its time.
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    aracheb , September 29, 2009 5:31 PM
    TitaniusNewton was only a failure because it was way ahead of its time.

    nope
    it was because it was a pricey fancy toy......
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    wildwell , September 29, 2009 5:33 PM
    This is just a rumor but I think Tchao would be an excellent choice to market the/a new tablet.
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    quantum mask , September 29, 2009 6:14 PM
    captaincharismawasn't the newton a failure? if it was then this would be like Nintendo bringing back the creator of the virtual boy to make the next console


    Sometimes, certain technologies fail because it's the wrong time for them, they can come back and be very successful. Look at the history of the fax machine for example. Did you know there was a similar device with the same concept in the 1800s? http://www.damninteresting.com/the-fax-machines-of-the-1800s
    It failed because there was not a real need for them at the time. Might be the same with this device.
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    djackson_dba , September 29, 2009 6:23 PM
    The Newton failed for a lack of support from Apple. A year after the device was release to the market, we were still writing software with the alpha development environment. It was a device with no competition, feature-wise.

    One of the best dev environments I have ever worked in. I also used one personally and the user interface was tops.

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    JohnnyLucky , September 29, 2009 7:38 PM
    PDA? Personal digital assistant? Personally I don't need one. My wife does a very good job of reminding me what I am supposed to do.
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    Anonymous , September 29, 2009 10:54 PM
    How old is the "Old Tablet Developer"?
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    lifelesspoet , September 30, 2009 7:17 AM
    captaincharismawasn't the newton a failure? if it was then this would be like Nintendo bringing back the creator of the virtual boy to make the next console

    Gunpei Yokoi? The guy developed a very successful toy, the ultra hand, that transformed nintendo from a card game manufacturer to a toy company. Then went into electronics developing handhelds, the game and watch series nintendo classics like donkey kong and mario bros, later he made them into arcade versions. Yokoi's next product proved his most popular, the gameboy. After the virtual boy(a product well before its technological time) had failed, Yokoi was give what in Japan they call a window seat. They paid him to come to work, sit in an office but wouldn't listen to any of his ideas. He resigned a year later to start working at koto labortories to develop the wonderswan. Unfortunately, Just a year later on October 4 1997 he died in a car crash at age 56.
    I'm sorry, but that guy helped make nintendo. While the virtual boy was terrible, its creator will still be missed.