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The iPad Pocket Guide, Third Edition by Jeff Carlson

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10. Be Productive

The iPad isn’t Apple’s first foray into producing a PDA, or “personal digital assistant.” The company created the category—and coined the term, even—with the Newton handheld. But the Newton wasn’t adopted as broadly as its upstart competitor the PalmPilot, and when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he killed the Newton. As Palm ascended and Windows Mobile devices appeared (and disappeared), people wondered when Apple would get back into the game. I think rumors of a new Apple PDA started floating around the day the Newton died.

A decade later, Apple finally created its modern PDA: the iPhone. Yes, it was a phone, but the phone aspect was just a way to put it into a familiar category. The iPhone, and now the iPad on a grander ...

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