Apple Announces iPad

Apple's development of a tablet computer began with the Newton MessagePad 100, which was introduced in 1993.

The effort led to the creation of the ARM6 processor core with Acorn Computers. Apple also developed a prototype PowerBook Duo-based tablet computer named the PenLite, but did not release it to market as the company did not wish to affect sales of the Newton MessagePad. Apple released several more Newton-based PDAs, and discontinued the last in the line, the MessagePad 2100, in 1998.
The iPad featuring the home screen

Development of the iPad continued following the discontinuation of the MessagePad 2100. Parts of this development process, especially relating to the development of iPhone OS, were combined with that of the iPhone and iPod Touch, and integrated technologies Apple had acquired from its acquisition of FingerWorks in 2005.

The product was announced on January 27, 2010, at an Apple press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The device's imminent release had been rumored for several months with iSlate and iTablet among speculated names.

Three days later, at the 52nd Grammy Awards, Stephen Colbert used an iPad in announcing the nominees.

The new Amazon Kindle DX has a few weeks to liveā€”and the magazine and newspaper industries may not have much longer. As soon as Apple unleashes the rumored iPad, Amazon's attempt at hardware design will vanish quicker than Betamax. Amazon won't mind, but magazine and newspaper publishers sure will.