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If you work on the go, you might have an iPad in your future -- that is, according to a new survey of mobile workers who plan to purchase or receive an iPad in the next six months.
AppleInsider is reporting that iPass published its quarterly Mobile Workforce Report on Tuesday, and it bodes well for Apple. A leading provider of enterprise mobility services, iPass polled more than 1,000 mobile employees from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific in July and found that 26 percent of them plan to purchase or receive an iPad in the next six months.
According to iPass, mobile employees are defined as “any worker using any mobile device (including laptop, netbook, smartphone, cellphone or tablet) who accesses networks (other than the corporate LAN or WLAN) for work purposes.”
Among the employees surveyed, 9.3 percent already have an iPad while 6.8 percent have a tablet PC and 1.7 percent actually have both. 26.3 percent of those polled plan to get an iPad (either by purchasing themselves or receiving it through their company), compared to only 6.9 percent who plan to get a tablet PC.
When asked how mobile employees would use their iPad or tablet PC, the majority said it would be used for “at least some work” -- in fact, 90 percent of those who already have a tablet PC or iPad or were planning to buy one within six months. Employees who pay their own mobile phone bills were most likely to already have or plan to buy an iPad.
The Mobile Workforce Report comes on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday which highlighted how the iPad is rapidly being adopted within IT departments at various companies. During its July earnings call, Apple announced that more than half of the Fortune 500 companies were currently deploying or testing the iPad.
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