Businesses Attracted To iPad

Businesses Attracted To iPad

AT&T revealed that many US companies are showing a great deal of interest in Apple's iPad. According to the wireless carrier, some businesses are even considering replacing employee laptops with the tablet computer.

When the iPhone debuted three years ago, many businesses were reluctant to adopt the phone. Today however, businesses seem to be showing no hesitation when it comes to the iPad said AT&T chief financial officer Richard Lindner. As with the iPhone, AT&T is the exclusive 3G carrier for the iPad in the United States.

In a conference call with analysts, Lindner said, "When we first introduced the iPhone, businesses and CIOs of our business customers were reluctant….They kind of pushed back on bringing the iPhone into their infrastructure." He continued, "Over time, that has changed dramatically."

"One thing that's been encouraging and a bit surprising is the level of interest from business customers," Lindner said. "Right from the beginning with the iPad we've had a number of our business customers express interest."

Not only are businesses expressing interest, but they are also testing the device for themselves: "A number of them have trials going on," Lindner said. "They see a lot of opportunities to use the iPad within their business."

During Apple's earnings call, Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook said more than 80 percent of the Fortune 100 companies were either deploying or piloting the iPhone. He also noted that 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies were deploying or testing the iPad.

Apple recently disclosed sales of 3.27 million iPads in the third quarter of its fiscal year.

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I didn't think many people would be interested in the iPad for business but now look where it's at? The HP Slate is going to have some serious competition on it's hands.

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I can see the use of any type of tablet or slate in business, but why the iPad?

Will it play friendly with their windows based PCs that they more than likely have?

This type of thing would be highly useful in Hospitals where they could do all their charting on the go.

But in the Gov't sector they will need something windows based so they can run their specialize apps they have.

That or they will have to re-write it so they will sync up to the same database and run on the iPad

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@acarzt:

>Will it play friendly with their windows based PCs that they more than likely have?

Do you want the short answer or the long answer? (The short answer: "Yes." The long answer: "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.")

Macs had Macintosh Office and the AppleTalk Personal Network in 1985. It allowed file sharing between computers, printer sharing, and even a form of NAS. But you could get converters to turn an AppleTalk connector into a Token Ring network connector, which was the popular network configuration on IBM-PCs (Ethernet's popularity on both platforms was to come later).

When their market share declined (partly due to the IBM name-- businesses trusted the behemoth more than this Cupertino upstart) Apple chose not to play the Microsoft game-- imposing standards and ignoring all others-- but rather to support as many of their competitors' standards as possible, perhaps in the hopes that an office full of IBM-PCs or Unix servers would have a few Macs, assuring companies that they could share data. When I had both kinds of consumer microcomputers, my Macs could read PC disks but my PC wouldn't read Mac disks without considerable file system extensions.

So, yes, especially now that it's easier to talk between one system and another, the iPad will be able to attach to Windows as well as Unix systems.

As for its function in business, I can give the example of the Newton MessagePad; one of the early apps was a restaurant order-taking system. The waitron would tap the table location on a graphical representation of the restaurant, enter your order with the check-box or radio-button system, and use the infrared port (built in to Macs of the day and a few PCs) to send it to the kitchen.

With even better wi-fi communications (the IR was not what you'd call a long-distance port), I'd imagine this would be even better; with the iPad's graphics, pictures of new entrees and desserts which weren't on the menu can be displayed.

Other MP apps included an inventory control system, which would be a breeze using the camera. There's already an app for the iPhone which lets you scan a product's UPC code and find out whether the store you're in has the best price. Those inventory control "gun" scanners used in department stores are extremely specialized, and that means expensive-- $800 is considered low-end, so the iPad's $600 is cheap in comparison.

Of course, all this can be said about a similarly-equipped Windows tablet, assuming the software works better than the previous generation of Windows tablets. But perhaps this time Apple will have the name recognition factor and will become the de facto standard.

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I stopped at the short answer :-) lol

I keed. I would think people would steal them from resturaunts lol

Personally I liked microsoft's surface where the whole table would be the ordering device.

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Yes, it's nice. It's also $15,000* not including PC. Please do not spill soup on it.

*: According to Wikipedia, at least; Microsoft's order form crashes Adobe Reader. Huzzah.

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lol well it wouldn't be the first time an adobe and microsoft product didn't get along. I get a lot of calls for adobe reader crashing internet explorer lol

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I have a question for Apple, now that there is an iPad with a big screen much more like a laptop screen, Is it actually necessary to have an App for every website?

Now for example you have a much more usable sized screen.

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Well the iPad is technically the earliest version of the iPod Touch so yes, they're going to be apps for websites.

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