Apple – iPad 2010 vs TheTablet 1994

Apple’s new iPad e-everything reader looks like the electronic newspaper tablet Roger Fidler has been talking about for 15 years.

Apple iTab showing a NY Times front page KnightRidder Tablet 1994

Over at the AEJMC Newspaper Division blog I embedded a player for a video of Fidler’s 1994 demo of “TheTablet,” complete with discussion of keeping newspaper branding, look-and-feel, and display advertising. Now I’ve just noticed the same video in a much more comprehensive article at the Society of News Design.

The iPad, as announced, will do a lot more than deliver the newspaper… such as running more than 100,000 iPhone apps. The painting program demonstration was very impressive… and so is the promise that iPad will let you buy and rent movies — wirelessly.

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

Posted in Computers, Journalism, Tablets & eBook Readers, Technology, WebDesign

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