What you need to know
- A producer on "For All Mankind" has shared more about how the Apple Newton came to life in the series.
- The crew managed to modify the device and stuff an iPhone 12 Pro Max inside.
- The POV shots from the device were shot using the front-facing camera on the iPhone.
The story of the Apple Newton on "For All Mankind" continues to unfold.
Earlier this week, we reported that a cult-favorite Apple device, the Apple Newton, made a cameo in "For All Mankind." Today, we know just how they pulled it off.
Ben McGinnis, a producer for the series, posted a series of photos showing off the modified device. As explained by McGinnis, the team actually managed to fit an iPhone 12 Pro Max inside the housing of the Newton, enabling them to use the front-facing camera for the POV shots in the series.
Tech advances faster in 1990s @forallmankind_ alt-history! All us @Apple nerds had a blast creating (& playing with) our modified Newton's removable camera & video calls! Props even fit an #iPhone 12 Pro Max inside. The #Newton POV angles in the show were #shotoniphone #Apple pic.twitter.com/wASQcG7Qw9Tech advances faster in 1990s @forallmankind_ alt-history! All us @Apple nerds had a blast creating (& playing with) our modified Newton's removable camera & video calls! Props even fit an #iPhone 12 Pro Max inside. The #Newton POV angles in the show were #shotoniphone #Apple pic.twitter.com/wASQcG7Qw9— Ben McGinnis (@bengmcg) June 23, 2022June 23, 2022
The modified Newton was used as a video communications device in the third season of "For All Mankind." It's crazy to think that the user interface is likely an app or a video running on the iPhone 12 Pro Max inside.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
I gave up on this show when they had "magic gravity" on the moon and "magic communications" between the earth and the moon. I mean, at least get the basic physics right, right? I'm guessing this Newton video phone was used to chat back and forth to Mars or some such? Oh and Mars is bright and sunny like the Nevada desert and also has magic gravity, right? Someday, there will be a "realistic" science fiction series that's actually realistic maybe.
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