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It's no secret to us that Apple's products tend to generate what some might consider
amounts of interest for weeks, months, and even years before they're launched or evenannounced. Whether you love the company or hate its guts, you can't deny that Apple is particularly prone to being fodder for the rumor mill.
Engadget, we've always been pretty proud of our ability to decode fact from fiction, and we try not to add too much noise to the echochamber in which the gadget world seems to sometimes live. That said, we do cover plenty of rumors -- and the Apple Tablet may just be the biggest and most twisted of them all.
Apple's development of a tablet computer began with the Newton MessagePad 100, firstintroduced in 1993. This effort led to the creation of the ARM6 processor core with AcornComputers. Apple also developed a prototype PowerBook Duo-based tablet computer,thePenLite, but did not sell it to avoid hurting MessagePad sales. Apple released several more Newton-based PDAs, and discontinued the last in the line, the MessagePad 2100, in 1998.Apple reentered the market in 2007 with the iPhone. Smaller than the iPad but featuring acamera and mobile phone, it pioneered the multitouch interface of iPhone OS. By late 2009, theiPad's release had been rumored for several months with
among speculatednames. The product was announced on January 27, 2010, at an Apple press conference atthe Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.Three days later, at the 52nd Grammy Awards, Stephen Colbert used an iPad in announcing thenominees.