“The iPad tablet computer – marketed by Apple primarily as a consumer entertainment device – is establishing an unexpectedly strong foothold among companies and corporate users,” Robin Kwong and Joseph Menn report for The Financial Times.
“That early success could help the iPad maintain its lead in the burgeoning segment as rival tablet devices reach the market,” Kwong and Menn report. “Companies’ embrace of the iPad is unusual because corporate groups typically lag behind consumers to deploy new technological products.”
Kwong and Menn report, “While Apple does not break out corporate sales from its overall sales numbers, a global survey of 118 chief technology officers conducted by CLSA in August showed 12 per cent of companies have already deployed iPads or tablets. An additional 36 per cent were considering doing so.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Behold the danger of premature prognostication: Attention Apple fan-boys and -girls: Read no further. But if you run a small business and want to avoid wasting money and brain cells on superfluous technology, forget about the iSlate or whatever Apple is going to call its tablet computing device. It’s going to be too expensive, it does things you don’t need to do, and it will add a messy layer of complication to your company’s computing infrastructure… Ignore the frenzy, save your money. – Bill Snyder, PC World, “Apple Tablet Won’t Mean Business,” January 19, 2010, 8 days before Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad