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Face-off: 1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. 2010 Appl...
The Apple Graphics Tablet comes with a 123-page manual that's roughly the same dimensions as the iPad's display. Note the image in the lower-left corner of the manual — is it foreshadowing the eventual release of Mac OS X and its "big cat" mascots?
The iPad's "manual" consists of little more than a postcard-size information sheet; further instructions are available online. With touch-screen gadgets far more commonplace today than the Apple Graphics Tablet ever was, the iPad's intuitive interface requires little explanation; few users will miss the paper manual.
Thanks to Mark Frischknecht and Computerworld's Ken Mingis for the loaned hardware.
Face-off: 1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. 2010 Apple iPad