Using an iPhone as a Newton keyboard

[Jesus Alvarez] sent us this funny little project. If you happen to have an iPhone and an old Apple Newton, you can use the iPhone as a keyboard for the Newton. You can download the schematic from his site to build the wire to connect the two. After that, you have to run an app on your iPhone that you can find once you’ve jailbroken your phone. At that point you are ready to go. Aside from the ability to say you could, we’re not sure why you would do this. It made us chuckle though. Maybe we’re not firing on all synapses though due to turkey overload.


  1. Godi says:

    The other week I did something similar by logging into my laptop from a Tandy model 200, not as fancy, but still fun though. And quite amazing to see a piece of 25yr old hardware just work.

  2. jamieriddles says:


    just goes to show you how well things were designed to last back then

  3. Dylan says:

    interesting to see how the iphone serial port works, might have to give this a go myself :)

  4. mars says:

    Most. useless. thing. ever.

  5. mikeymike says:

    Makes me kinda want to get a newton

  6. therian says:

    popular cripple carry forgotten freak on its back

  7. grovenstien says:

    what on earth are egg freckies?

  8. Louis II says:

    That project is pretty bad-ass.

    Egg Freckles; are spots on eggs that look like freckles. They are harmless and usually appear on the surface of an egg during the formation of the shell surface with in the bird egg production cycle.

  9. tom says:



  10. Dan says:

    Awesome =]

    @grovenstien – it’s an old Newton easter egg, google it =]

  11. Great one!

  12. this is a testimate to the longevity and well designed nature of the apple newton and why i went into business supporting and repair these units over 10 years ago.

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