The iPad evolves in the business world
Brent Renneke, Associate Editor
March 9, 2012
Filed under Brent Renneke
It has been a big week for the iPad. First, a report was released that revealed small business use of Apple’s tablet has quadrupled in 2011 with 34 percent of small and medium-sized businesses using the tablet compared to 9 percent the prior year, according to The Business Journals.
Then on Wednesday, Apple revealed the iPad’s next chapter, simply called the “iPad,” which aims to increase the tablet’s presence in the business world.
If you are one of the 34 percent that already use an iPad as part of your business, you are most likely familiar with the potential applications of the tablet. And if you listened to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation on Wednesday, you are probably even more excited about its future.
As mentioned in this article by VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig, the new iPad will run on a 4G network, which is much faster than the 3G its predecessor and most mobile phones run on, and feature better graphics capabilities on a much higher resolution screen. A salesperson showing a presentation to a consumer while he or she is on the road or standing by a boat can do so in even more extraordinary fashion.
Dealers who use similar technology to complete and upload a boat walkaround can utilize the 1080p HD video and a five-megapixel camera offered on the new iPad. Also, Apple revealed its new iPhoto app, which early reviews say is a great resource for those looking to easily manage and edit photos on the tablet.
Available in the United States and Canada on March 16, the iPad will retail for $499 for the Wi-Fi-only model (which would not have access to 4G) and $629 and up for 4G versions.
A countless number of apps already exist for small business users, and especially salespeople, but with the increased capability of the new iPad even more powerful apps will be available. For a great resource of the latest and greatest in the biz app world, visit The Business Journals’ The APProved Blog.