Unreleased Intel Web Tablet- The Original IPAD


This Web tablet is in excellent boxed condition and appears unused. Though ready to ship they were never released to the general public and instead sold off in a fire sale to Intel Employees. This example came via an ex-employee. It would be perfect for display and longer term investment.

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This is another of those ‘what if’ products that never quite made it to the hands of the consumer and is now an infamous item in the history of tablets.

Back in the late 1990s Intel were looking to get into the laptop business and someone there had the bright idea of a tablet that you could surf the web with as well as play music etc. By Jan of 2001 Intel had announced such a prototype which they hoped to bring to market by the end of the year. Called the Web Tablet or Intel Pad (IPad for short) its concept and features arguably predated the Apple iPad by nearly a decade.

Despite being ready to ship, the project was pulled at the very last minute due predominantly to industry pressure, and instead the stock was sold off in a firesale to Intel employees.

Although a whole bunch of these were made and ready to ship,  it is safe to assume probably less than a thousand or so survived via the employees.  This example came from an ex-employee who originally bought two and apart from the box being opened, looks in as new condition. The stand that is sometimes shown with these machines was an optional extra and is not included in this bundle.

It boots up just fine but obviously I didn’t install the disk on my computer to tether it any further.

For a good overview of the story check out the video below or view these links from cnet.com or SouthWest Museum of Engineering

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