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Nostalgia Corner: Moving files between an iPhone and a Palm PDA is magical

Palm-to-PDA iPhone Connection
Palm-to-PDA iPhone Connection (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Palm Tungsten E came out in 2003 and was discontinued in 2005.
  • The iPhone is still going strong in 2020.
  • And you can move files between them. Should the need arise.

If the first smart device you used was an iPhone you're probably not familiar with the Palm PDA devices that were popular in the early 2000s. But I know I had one, even though I had absolutely no need for it beyond it being cool. It was an iPhone without the phone stuff, and it was great. It had a stylus as well which, at the time, seemed like a good thing. Then Apple announced iPhone a few years later and it all changed. But what happens when the past meets the present?

Turns out, it's pretty great.

YouTube channel "Will it Work?" has been sharing some great videos in recent weeks and months, all testing whether the new can be forced to work with the old. And this time we get to see a tree being drawn on a PDA and then used as an iPhone's wallpaper. It might not sound exciting, but it really tickled my nostalgia bone!

In the video, you'll see calendar events, notes, and more transferred from one device to the other. And then they'll be opened, too. It isn't something I'd have expected to work, but that's partly what makes these videos so interesting to watch.

You can check the video out above, and if it does the same to you why not check out some other videos on the channel. But be warned, you might just lose an afternoon to them.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

1 Comment
  • It's amazing how long it took for iOS to get file management, all we need now is a USB-C port on the iPhone. Being able to plug in a USB-C memory stick into an iPhone, Android device, Computer or whatever will be magical