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.

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Kindle Paperwhite. This brand new tablet is back-lit and has a higher resolution than the company's previous e-readers, is thinner than a magazine at 9.1 millimeters and weighs 7.5 ounces. The device also has a long-lasting battery, with Amazon saying the device can stay on for up to eight weeks even if its back light is powered on.

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