“Apple’s iPad, initially viewed as a Web entertainment gadget for consumers, is quickly making inroads across businesses in Asia as wedding planners, luxury hotels and airlines hook up to the tablet computer,” Miyoung Kim reports for Reuters.
“‘It’s strong adoption in Asia means iPad could become another strong source of revenue for Apple and it would be not just Asia as myriads of applications that iPad has would make it possible for enterprises to offer personalized experience to their customers,’ said Lee Chae-gi, research director at Gartner in Seoul,” Kim reports. “Despite critics who question whether a true need exists for such a gadget, analysts expect Hewlett-Packard, Dell and potentially Nokia and Sony and others to trot out their own competing devices this year.”
MacDailyNews Take: Circa 1910: “Despite critics who question whether a true need exists for such a gadget, analysts expect the Thomas Brothers, Gallaudet, and potentially Burgess and Glenn Martin and others to trot out their own competing aeroplanes this year.”
Kim continues, “Apple has staked its formidable reputation on a 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet with no clear-cut case for use other than pure media consumption.”
MacDailyNews Take: Oh, puleeze. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for just three examples among tens of thousands.
Kim continues, “Access to unique content and programs on Apple’s universe of more than 150,000 applications has the potential to drive tablet adoption.”
MacDailyNews Take: Make that 210,000+, but what’s a 60,000+ difference (despite 60,000 being approximately 10,000 more that the total number of Android apps in existence)? Reuters’ new slogan: “Accuracy, smaccuracy.”
Kim continues, “In Japan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical said it plans to buy 1,300 iPads for its sales representatives so they can use it to do presentations more visually and with the latest information.”
MacDailyNews Take: In other words, a “clear-cut case for use other than pure media consumption.”
Full article, for what it’s worth, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]