Kbase Article of the Week: Newton OS: Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliance →

Apple Support:

Although there currently is no official certification or industry-standard documentation process associated with Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliance, the Newton OS presents no difficulty in handling information spanning the millennium.

The Newton OS, since its introduction, has been designed to use a calculation of “minutes past midnight, January 1, 1904” or “seconds past midnight, January 1, 1993.” This calculation is used for dates prior to and after the year 2000. Therefore, dates at or beyond the 2000 mark, are simply larger numbers as a result of this calculation — and do not have the difficulty other operating systems may have when calculating dates before and after the year 2000.

There was, however, a problem waiting just a decade later.