When Apple dropped the Newton line of palm-computing devices in the late '90s, many people were severely disappointed. The project was abandoned by Apple, but die-hard Newton fans hunkered down and kept the systems going for years afterward. To give credit to Apple, the Newton MessagePad was designed well enough so that even today it is still considered a viable option by some people. Through Apple's ups and downs, there has been speculation on whether or not Apple would revive the Newton, and while recently it has been clear Apple's Newton days are over, the hope for the company to return to palm and tablet computing devices had not faded.
Though the iPhone can be considered Apple's next-generation MessagePad, after much speculation Apple's long-rumored entrance into tablet computing has finally arrived. In the past few weeks the hype has ramped up all over the Web, with fake images, speculation based on domain name registrations, "leaked" advertisements, patent investigations, and comments from various tech and media CEOs, all of which have built quite a stir around the latest "creation" from Apple. Today Apple has put the rumors to rest with the announcement of the iPad; however, what is the purpose of this device and will it succeed?… Read more