Upon its initial release in January 2010, the Apple iPad was greeted with a hesitant welcome. Its main drawback was the lack of internet connectivity which seemed to relegate it to a ‘nice toy’ status. The new 3G connectivity that is now offered with the iPad makes it the business man’s friend and the college student’s bosom buddy. Access to the World Wide Web and e-mail services can be gained at nominal prices and this makes the iPad incredibly suited for those who undertake long business trips. This connectivity has been described as the iPad’s “keystone feature”.
Long Battery Life
This device had initially not broken through the waves of the business user’s arena. It is, however, far from being irrelevant and is now considered a valuable tool to the businessman. One reason for this shift in perspective is the long battery life that this Apple product boasts off. Though Apple estimates its battery life at around 10 hours, users have clocked in more even while heavily using it which makes it a feasible option, particularly, during long distance flights.
The iPad allows for better organization and computing of relevant data for business purposes. Ideating becomes simpler and more efficient with applications like the very innovative, Ideate. With this application, the iPad acts like a virtual whiteboard allowing you to visually create and save ideas as photos available for quick transfer through e-mails.
Of course, the iPad has personalized sets of iWork apps like a spreadsheet, word processor as well as programs to create presentations that are built-in. The more exciting prospects emerge from the Apps store which includes not just numerous games but also various inventive and efficient productivity apps. More than 200,000 apps are available for download. You can download these third party apps to help you read PDF as well as DOC files. In order to keep the light weight format of the iPad, the operating system used is that of the iPhone which unfortunately works against it. This operating system limits the iPad to running one application at a time which is definitely a down side for a multi-tasking business enterprise. It has enormous potential as a reading device for updates, news and analytics in the business world though, due to its open internet format. In company meetings and evaluations, the iPad could potentially do away with the reels upon reels of business documents.
The iPad, however, faces the distinct disadvantage of being trapped in what is known as the Apple rigid ecology. This makes it less flexible and maneuverable in the business arena where it often becomes necessary to create and design a particular application that serves the individualistic purpose of the business in question.
To summarize, while the iPad entered the market with the vision of reviving the slate and tablet PC market, it seems to have quite a few annoyances associated with it. Until and unless, the Apple iPad can provide the market with a feasible alternative either to the usage of Smartphones or that of personal computers, the iPad might just be relegated to the status of a business reading device primarily used for light computing with easy to access data.