Workplace Tech: Will iPads Take Over the Office?
New research has revealed that as many as 1 in 5 companies intend to buy tablets for their workers this summer ΓÇô 84% of those being the new Apple iPads.
But are they really a business tool?
A survey published by ChangeWave Research last week revealed that staggering number of businesses are following in the wake of public demand for the new generation iPad 3, most dropping plans to purchase tech from competitors.
But what business-related need do these new tablets meet?
ΓÇ£iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world,ΓÇ¥ announced Tim Cook, Chief Executive of Apple, at the grand unveiling of the newly-refined product.
Are we really living in a post-PC world? As trends shift towards remote working away from the office for flexibility ΓÇô and massively so with 45% of London businesses during the Olympic Games this summer ΓÇô the need for travel-worthy tech has risen to phenomenal heights.
So it does make sense that the desk-bound PC of old would prove inefficient in this new world. But surely a tablet ΓÇô with no physical keyboard on which to type ΓÇô canΓÇÖt replace the reliable laptop?
In reality it does prove impractical, admits Natascha Lomas, Senior Reporter at silicon.com.
ΓÇ£Apple is certainly flirting with enterprise by reworking its iWorks productivity software for iPad, but itΓÇÖs very much a casual love affair,ΓÇ¥ writes Natascha, after trialling the product as a laptop replacement. ΓÇ£The iPadΓÇÖs heart lies elsewhere – on the sofa, the bed, the pub or kitchen table.ΓÇ¥
So it may not be the iPadΓÇÖs day to dominate the working world, but it certainly appears to be something Apple is working on. Will the day ever arrive when workers are inputting data and transferring files from a device that fits in the palm of the hand?
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