lessons learned from Apple’s Newton mistakes

fantastic write up of Apple’s failure to manage the Newton successfully.
I remember lusting after an Apple Newton. And finally, a few years ago, I got one (my mate Phil gave me one of his 8 or so newtons :-) They were years ahead of their time, but Apple managed to balls up the product:
“The reason why Apple is great today, I think, comes down to this: They still do great things. But sometime before they ship, Jobs would look over the product from the point of view of a user and run his mind across the steps necessary to use the product. He looks for reasons why the product would not actually be useful.”