History of the tablet computer

Published On: Sep 07 2012 10:43:30 AM CDT   Updated On: Jan 27 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

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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Kindle Fire HDX

Released in the fall of 2013, the third generation of Amazon's Kindle Fire line comes in two models, a 7 inch and a 8.9 inch. A second generation of the Fire HDX 8.9-inch model featuring a faster processor and a more powerful graphics processing unit was released in September 2014. At at that same time, the name "Kindle" was removed from all of the Fire tablets' names.

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