Tech betrayal No. 2: Steve Jobs doesn't give a fig about the Newton
The second coming of Steve Jobs didn't start auspiciously. One of his first acts after being re-anointed as Apple CEO in 1997 was to kill the Newton MessagePad. Thousands of angry Newtonians reacted by gnashing their teeth, holding up their orphaned MessagePads to protest the betrayal at MacWorld conventions, and writing 5,500-word obituaries for the device. While Jobs later made up for it with the iPhone and then the iPad, the Newton still carries a special mystique in the hearts of longtime Apple geeks, inspiring a tech cult that lives on today.