“Apple’s new iPad isn’t just a new product for consumers; the company is targeting the new device at business users with features designed to make it attractive to the enterprise market,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
With their iPhone, over time, “Apple hardened the iPhone’s security profile, added Exchange support, and created mass configuration and deployment tools for the device,” McLean reports. “For the iPad, those same corporate-friendly iPhone features will all continue to work, thanks to the iPad being build on the same software foundation. However, the iPad adds a variety of new things that business users should find very attractive.”
“For starters, Apple has ported over iWork, its Office-compatible productivity suite, while giving it a multitouch makeover,” McLean reports. “Aligned with the idea of using the iPad as a Keynote presentation tool, the iPad now supports VGA output for driving a projector directly. Users can markup slides and point with a virtual laser printer as the presentation continues.”
McLean reports, “Sources who talked to Apple’s business unit also say the company is working on some additional features that haven’t been publicly announced yet. These include support for direct network printing from iPad apps, as well as support for accessing shared files from a local file server.”
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