History of the tablet computer

Published On: Sep 07 2012 11:43:30 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 12:25:10 PM EST

In something of a surprise move, Apple began selling its new iPad Mini on Tuesday. The tablet is available from Apple's online store, from wireless partners AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, and select third-party retailers such as Best Buy. Look back at the surprisingly long history of the tablet computer.

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Apple Newton MessagePad. Released in 1993. John Sculley, the CEO of Apple in the early nineties, coined the phrase Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) to describe the Newton MessagePad. The handheld device appeared less than a year later, featuring an ARM 610 processor ambling along at 20MHz, 640K of RAM and a 336 x 240 display. This device helped mark the beginning of the PDA era.

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