In 1936, mathematician, cryptanalyst and philosopher Alan Turing, described a hand-held tablet shaped item, that ‘will contain things such as photographs, music and daily notifications.’

The description was for something remarkably similar to the item you are probably reading this on. In 2010, the late Steve Jobs launched the iPad.

 

 

Of note: The mass of wires and buttons above, is a photograph of Colossus,  a first generation computer built by the GPO (Tommy Flowers) to help the Bletchley Park cryptanalysis – Turing, who had already designed and  built Bombe, contributed towards the development of Colossus, which is regarded as the first programmable, electronic, digital computer in the world.