It may be all Android fan you want, but recognize that Apple has changed the technology market as we know it. It may not be the first to do certain things, but the first ones to spot and know how to sell. Smartphones and tablets existed before Apple introduced their own, but all current devices somehow descend iPhone and iPad.
It tells the biography that Walter Isaacson wrote that Jobs ' idea of a touch tablet was born, in fact, before the iPhone. It was in 2002, following the anger of Jobs with Microsoft engineer who fardaba a Tablet software that allowed users to enter information through a pointer. Apple guru set out to prove that to succeed tablets should not have pointers. And we know how the story ended.
However, the concept of tablet is much older, and already appears in science fiction novels in the 50s and 60s, as 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke or Asimov Foundation. Later also they appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation, released in 1987.
First tablets: From Styalator Apple Newton and Palm Pilot
In the 50 and appeared Styalator devices like a tablet capable of recognizing handwriting and digitize, but the first tablets themselves not arrive until the eighties. Then appeared several devices that allow computers to interact with through touch gestures, such as Pencept . Also they appeared the first tablets, -similar to many e-readers actuales- thanks to PenPoint OS, an operating system that would lead primitive tablets like the EO Personal Computer AT & T launched. The operating system and allow the installation of third party applications.
The iPad was not the first tablet of Apple, which in 1987 began to develop a tablet that would not get to launch until 1993: the Apple Newton. However, Newton had a very high price (do not tell me, Apple) and the software was not mature enough for release, showing problems by recognizing writing.
However, he managed to gain a foothold in some areas, such as medical. However, the launch of PalmPilot in 1997 was a severe blow, which significantly reduced its market share. That year saw the return of Steve Jobs to Apple, who canceled the product. Jobs saw potential in him, but did not like the performance. Besides, it was a personal project of John Sculley, who had dismissed him in 1987.
The tablet PC
In the mid-90s, several companies like Fujitsu launched several tablets equipped with Windows 95, but it was not until 1999 that Microsoft itself was positioned in the world of tablets. He coined the term tablet PC, establishing a series of specifications that included a version of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Microsoft had partners like HP, and aimed at the business market, seeking to streamline notetaking and digitization of these. However, they had a number of problems that slowed its adoption, such as the excessive weight of these.
There were also a number of operating systems based on Linux to adapt their use tablets such as Nokia Internet Tablets, which later derived in Maemo and Meego . Palm, which had great success in the 90s with PalmPilot, had been bought by HP in 2010 and wanted to launch the HP Touchpad equipped with WebOS, but the fiasco was so great that ended up being the death sentence Palm.
Then came the iPad and Android ...
Until then much of the efforts had focused on business markets and take notes, iPad changed the game. The pointer left side though is now returning to the stage precisely aimed precisely professionals- tablets and purpose of the tablets in content consumption focused.
Apple introduced its tablet in March 2010. At CES in Las Vegas to 80 tablets were seeking to compete with the iPad, most with Android on board. Motorola Xoom showed its tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab the first or the Toshiba Thive. Later also it shows the HTC Flyer. It was the beginning of a new generation of tablets aimed aa end desktop computers. Something that six years later seems a destination not reach.