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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. Released April 2010. The original iPad was designed by Apple primarily as a platform for audio-visual media. Its size and weight fall between those of contemporary smartphones and laptop computers and it runs on iOS, the same operating system used on Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone.

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