Is Apple’s new gadget just a toy, or could it find a home in the corporate world?
Early talk from analysts says the device could give companies a way to share and transport documents without using paper.
For example, instead of printing a 200-page report, employees could save the documents as a PDF on an iPad and pass the device around. That would not only cut down on paper, but also make the document easy to edit and search.
The iPad could also give workers in the field a way to enter data without using paper forms.
Of course, many things the iPad will do, a laptop can. But the iPad will have much longer battery life, without the need to power on and shut down.
Some IT pros have expressed concerns, such as a limited functionality (the iPad will run the OS designed for the iPhone, and like the iPhone, apps will have to be purchased through the Apple store) and a construction that may not be rugged enough for business use.
What do you think? Will your organization consider buying the iPad when it’s available? Why or why not?
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