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Apple’s iPad has tremendous buzz and will hit the stores this weekend—with Boomer’s loving it, techies hating it and mainstreaming media hoping it means salvation. But the iPad has been in development for 20 years, starting with Apple asking Smart Design in NYC to come up with concepts for what a tablet might look like. IDEO and other design consultancies were also asked for concepts of a tablet.
Remember, if you can, back to 1989—the Mac was big and came in only one color—putty. Interestingly, one of the two concepts Smart did for Apple had a built-in camera. The iPad, of course, does not have a camera.
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