History of the tablet computer

POSTED: 08:43 AM PDT Sep 07, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 26, 2016 

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.

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Released April 2010. The original iPad was designed by Apple primarily as a platform for audio-visual media. Its size and weight fell between those of contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. During the first 80 days, three million iPads were sold. It was discontinued in March 2011 with the announcement of the second-generation iPad.

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