The iPad isn't just a touch-screen dream come true for millions of people around the world...it's the realization of a prediction WIRED Magazine made a whopping 11 years ago.

In the April 1999 issue, the magazine's Hype List column discussed Apple's then-recent financial turn-around and said: "The next iMac attack promises new lollipop laptops, a more serious series of professional machines, and a wireless handheld dubbed the iPad." Betsy Mason, Science Editor for Wired.com today, posted the cell phone photo below of the magazine to Twitpic today and it showed up on Reddit late this afternoon.

Pretty cool, huh?