History of the tablet computer

Published On: Sep 07 2012 08:43:30 AM PDT   Updated On: Jan 26 2016 11:00:00 PM PST

With Wednesday marking the sixth anniversary of the unveiling of the original iPad, take a look back at the surprisingly long history of the tablet computer.

Amazon Paperwhite
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Kindle Paperwhite

This Amazon tablet was first released in October 2012. Back-lit and boasting a higher resolution than the company's previous e-readers, it's 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. The Paperwhite is now in its third generation, with the most recent model being released in June 2015 and featuring twice the pixels of the original Paperwhite.

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