The iPad has been a long time coming. Apple has produced innumerable tablet computer prototypes and of course developed and released the much-maligned and much-beloved iPad precursor, the Messagepad2000/2001 a decade ago. There are some nifty designs outlined in this retrospective of Apple tablets but sadly, lack of advancement in flat screen technology made them largely a pipe dream at the time. Steve Jobs, however, was very interesting in putting Apple’s R&D fully behind developing LCD monitors back in the 80s, and if the board had let him, it may have changed the mobile computing timeline substantially.
Apple’s Tablet Computer History
2010-11-12 Apple 8 Comments
Very nice showcase of old designs. Incredible how dates they all look
Its a shame (but the reason is clear) that the images stop at ’93
though this made me chuckle:
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Why on Earth for that amount of pictures on a blog post do they equal 6MB? Is the author’s Picasa/GIMP/iPhoto broken? LOL