If you look at the features and functionality offered by the Apple iPad I think you will agree that it seems generally aimed towards the home user, however spending $499 – $829 on something which could be classed as a glorified portable media player with eReader and web browsing functionality does seem pretty steep.
Currently on Apple’s website there is a long list of functionality and features which the iPad will offer, these include things like it’s Safari web browser, email functionality, video playback, iTunes, photo viewing capabilities and much more, however there is literally nothing there which you could class as ‘business functionality’.
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Luckily enough Apple’s iPad will have access to the App Store, here intuitive apps can be offered which can transform the iPad from a ‘glorified iPhone’ into a productive business tool.
With apps such as Salesforce Mobile, FedEx Mobile Web App, Meebo and Freshbooks, business users could get more out of their iPad, and as the iPad becomes more widely used I am sure developers will create more and more useful applications in the future, perhaps this will eventually see more businesses adopt the Apple iPad as a ‘must have’ device.
For further details as to how the iPad could perhaps adapt into a business tablet check out PCWorld.