Apple has announced a new iPad with 128 gigabytes of storage. Look back at the surprisingly long history of the tablet computer.
GRIDpad. Released in 1989. Built by the GRiD Systems Corporation, this early tablet PC ran MS-DOS, supported stylus input on a 10-inch monochrome screen and had enough juice for about 3 hours of battery life. Critics regarded it as a creative breakthrough in laptop computer design, but the price prevented the device from being widely consumed. At $2,370 each, the GRIDpad was followed by similarly overpriced and underpowered rivals, which included the Momenta Pentop (1991), the Compaq Concerto (1992) and the AT&T EO PC (1993).
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