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The Evolution Of The Tablet

Having only started to make serious waves in the last 5 years, the origins of the tablet computer can actually be traced way back to 1972. Now a staple in modern day households, offices, hospitals, restaurants and shops around the globe partly thanks to Apple’s game-changing inaugural iPad, 2014 saw a staggering 230 million tablets shipped worldwide – growing 8% from 2013.

However, with the emergence of the phablet and larger-screened mobile phones in general, tablet shipments were down around 3% year-on-year in quarter 4 of 2014 – the industry’s first decline.  Could this be the beginning of the end for tablets? Only time will tell. In the meantime, here’s an infographic showing the tablet’s surprising 40-year history. 

History of Tablets

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Having only started to make serious waves in the last 5 years, the origins of the tablet computer can actually be traced way back to 1972. Now a staple in modern day households, offices, hospitals, restaurants and shops around the globe partly thanks to Apple’s game-changing inaugural iPad, 2014 saw a staggering 230 million tablets shipped worldwide – growing 8% from 2013.

However, with the emergence of the phablet and larger-screened mobile phones in general, tablet <a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/global-tablet-s


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