History of the tablet computer

POSTED: 08:43 AM PDT Sep 07, 2012    UPDATED: 09:25 AM PST Nov 12, 2013 

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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iPad Air. Released October 2013. The fifth generation of Apple's market-leading tablet weighs just 1 pound and is fractions of an inch thinner and narrower. It also pack the same A7 processing chip in the new iPhone 5S, making it 72 times faster than the original iPad.

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