The following paragraphs are quoted verbatim from the jacket:
Defying Gravity: The making of Newton is an intimate and dramatic account
of Apple Computer’s race to create a revolutionary new technology, once again
drawing on its singular vision. Defying Gravity will explore the process by which
an idea is born and translated into a product on which fortunes can be made or lost.
Defying Gravity chronicles the technological quest and business adventure
story behind Newton. It will show the human side of America’s most innovative
corporations’ risky effort to stay on top in a domain where winners and losers succeed
each other with bewildering speed. A classic story of fire and corporate intrigue, where
an unprecedented information and communications convergence provides the backdrop as
Apple struggles to re-invent itself. They empower project teams within the company,
form partnerships with potential overseas competitors, and design a new model for an
American business seeking to compete in a new global economy.
Whether Newton succeeds or fails in the marketplace, it is a fascinating case study in
late 20th century risk-taking entrepreneurshop.
What is Newton?
Newton is a technology comprised of intelligent handwriting recognition and communications
software combined with a powerful RISC processor. The first Newton product is a portable,
pen-based, hand-held computing device that goes far beyond the capabilities of a desk-top
computer. It allows the user to easily capture, organize and communicate information.
Apple calls it a “personal digital assistant,” and considers it to be its biggest
market opportunity since the introduction of Macintosh.