Major businesses are warming to the Appleâ€™s iPad which is the only meaningful tablet computer, according to trade journalists.
This latest piece of technology which has been embraced across age groups, is being accepted readily byÂ major corporations which had already embraced the iPhone.
Although the Blackberry still rules, theÂ iPhoneÂ has been around long enough for most corporate leaders to get to know it.Â Now, with a larger and more useful device firmly based in the same technology and running the same operating system, the Apple iPad is gaining rapid acceptance from corporations, giving it a chance to penetrate the boardroom and wherever else high-flyers do business.
Having been envisioned as a consumer device, what can the iPad do for the more focused world of business?
Ben Worthen, a writer with the Wall Street Journal, recently wrote “Apple has addressed these and other issues, including the ability for companies to encrypt information on iPhones and set up secure ways for employees to connect to corporate networks. The latest version of the operating system used by the iPhone and iPad adds features that make the devices easier for a tech department to manage, including the ability for businesses to distribute internally developed apps without going through Appleâ€™s App Store.â€
In some ways that would seem to make the sky the limit for Appleâ€™s tablet computer.
The iPad is not a laptop, but it covers the major bases: it does email, it does messaging, and it has a web browser, where much of todayâ€™s business is done anyway.
There are iOS4 apps for pretty much everything, with more being added every hour.Â And, when looked at from the perspective of a business, the iPad is not really very costly and would seem to come with fewer support problems than the more complex business laptop.
Companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Kaiser Permanente, and Baush and Lomb are taking the iPad inside itâ€™s walls and loving every minute of the experience. The iPad seems to be going where the iPhone originally feared to tread.