The excitement in the tech world about Apple‘s rumored iTablet (iPad?) is getting close to fever pitch, culminating with an article in The New York Times today. But all the evidence suggests that the seeds of the iTablet were planted decades ago–so we’ve made a timeline for you. A real Apple junkie would connect the rumors of the upcoming device all the way back to a conceptual movie made in 1987, during the reign of John Sculley. Yet apart from the failed–if amazingly visionary–Apple Newton Message Pad, Apple’s activity has only kicked into overdrive fairly recently.
Rumors abound regarding Microsoft‘s “Project Pink” Zune smartphone, but the device since disappeared from the news. It’s back again, matched with exciting rumors of an MS Tablet PC.
Apple Brings Back Tablet Guru (mashable.com)
Apple’s new hire might be its tablet salesman (venturebeat.com)
Apple Hires Back Old Newton Tablet Developer [Apple] (gizmodo.com)
Microsoft Courier tablet prototype appears on Web (macworld.com)
Reports: Microsoft’s ‘Courier’ tablet to compete with Apple (infoworld.com)