History of the tablet computer

Published On: Sep 07 2012 08:43:30 AM PDT   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 09:25:10 AM PST

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.

Compaq TC1000
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Compaq TC1000. Released in 2003. This hybrid Tablet PC was designed by Compaq, before the time of the modern-day tablet. It used the Transmeta Crusoe processor and had a detachable 10.4-inch touchscreen.

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