Like all of you, I’m excited that Apple is launching another
communication/media device, the iPad.
It’s way to early to tell how the iPad will develop (sales), however,
based on Apple’s past track record (i.e., iPhone) the iPad will probably
be a hit.
Like the iPhone, the iPad already bridges chasms. Those who are
looking at it for their next movie-watching, application-playing
entertainment device and those who will carry it from their homes to
their offices and use to present to clients and to access business
The power of Apple’s devices, and now the iPad is two fold:
- The devices LOOK good. They’re cool. Let’s just admit that.
- The devices are powered by 150,000 applications and rising. More
and more are created all the time.
Is the iPad going to be a true contender for the basic notebook
computer or netbook? Absolutely not. There is not built in keyboard and
few business users will want to carry around a bag of accessories – just
to be cool.
Tech Republic writes
10 reasons the iPad will be a hit for businesses. I don’t agree
with all of them, but it’s worth a look.
Prasad Thammineni of OfficeDrop writes
on Small Business Trends The most valuable business feature of
the iPad that I see is its ability to visualize business information.
The sleek design and large display simply begs to be looked at, making
the iPad ideal for concept presentations, or anytime you want to wow an
audience with graphics. With the iPad as your portable multimedia
center, pitching at tradeshows and conferences will be simple and
What does this mean for your business?
As I always say, only buy technology if it saves time, saves money,
boosts productivity, increases revenue or enhances customer service.
If the iPad can do that for your business, in some way, consider
using it. Buy one or two and have your sales or customer service teams
try them out.
The secret sauce, overall, is going to be the applications that
are developed for business to use with the iPad.
New York Times writes a more “down to earth” article here. I quote “The
first five million will be sold in a heartbeat,” said Guy Kawasaki, a
Silicon Valley entrepreneur who was a marketing executive at Apple in
the 1980s. “But let’s see: you can’t make a phone call with it, you
can’t take a picture with it, and you have to buy content that before
now you were not willing to pay for. That seems tough to me.”