Apple Online Store“Apple’s iPad tablet is being used by doctors, lawyers and businesspeople to ease their workloads, but many believe the popular touchscreen device can’t yet replace a laptop for functions such as writing long documents,” Matt Hamblen reports for Computerworld.

MacDailyNews Take: Why? Buy Pages for iPad (US$9.99) and start typing.

Hamblen continues, “Traveling attorneys, especially, appreciate the fact that the iPad boots up faster than a laptop, he said. But because many attorneys write long documents subject to many revisions, that work is still better suited for a workstation, said Michael Barnas, Chicago-based law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s director of application services.”

MacDailyNews Take: It’s matter to retraining your mind. The iPad can be much more productive than most people seem to realize. Those who can’t get past the lack of a mouse and/or physical keyboard have little or no chance of grasping what iPad can really do. Seriously, free your mind or you’re soon going to end up like the people who “don’t do computers” today.

Hamblen continues, “Another professional who uses an iPad is Dr. Jon Wahrenberger. A cardiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., Wahrenberger said he and four other cardiac surgeons use iPads. The iPad offers a ‘low profile’ that doesn’t seem intimidating to patients during exams, he said.”

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“But the bigger value comes from the fact that he’s able to use his iPad to interact with patients’ electronic health records — functionality made possible by an app from Epic called Haiku, Wahrenberger said. He said his medical center also recently completed installation of a Microsoft Exchange server with extensions to the iPad,” Hamblen reports. “‘There’s huge excitement for this stuff,’ he said. ‘People are loving it.'”

Hamblen reports, “Still, experts such as Ted Schadler, an analyst at Forrester Research, have noted that several things must happen for the iPad to gain more acceptance as a business tool. For one thing, Schadler said in a recent blog, Microsoft needs to build apps that create and edit common documents across platforms like the iPad. He noted that he has used Keynote [US$9.99]to make a presentation, but he would rather use PowerPoint on his iPad. ‘Until we get that, the iPad will never replace a laptop,’ Schadler wrote. He also said that the iPad needs a Bluetooth-enabled mouse, in addition to the already-offered Bluetooth-enabled keyboard.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ouch! That’s so effing stupid it actually hurts to read it. The only thing about which Ted Schadler seems to be an “expert” is stuck-in-the-box thinking. Keynote whips PowerPoint hard. Anyone who’d “rather use PowerPoint” than Keynote is utterly incapable of making proper software evaluations. And, why does “Microsoft” need to build the apps? Good God, man, awaken! Microsoft-centric Ted must like inefficient, insecure bloat to go along with his painfully uncritical thinking. It’s the people with “thought processes” like Ted’s that hold the human race back. Think Different™, Ted, if you can.