By the time it was actually released, Apple's tablet computer was akin to a magical unicorn -- a fantasy beast seen by only the favored few, though many, many people told wild tales about it. But as it turns out, the iPad did have some magic tricks up its sleeve: it has "magically" provided Apple with a gateway into the enterprise -- and no, we're not referencing the Starship. We're talking about men and women in suits crunching numbers; a world where Apple hasn't been yet able to gain much ground. Well, until the iPad that is.
If you live in the land down under, your next visit to a doctor may very well include some time with Apple’s iPad, as doctors in the Australian state of Victoria will now be packing everyone’s favorite mobile tablet.
In the space of a few years, the iPhone has gone from being a smartphone non grata in corporate circles, to being a much sought after productivity device for suits around the world. You'll also find enterprise-level business tech users hunkered down in deep thought, searching their minds and the iTunes App Store for ways to justify the purchase of the latest piece of successful businessman accoutrement--the iPad--to their superiors. If you've spent anytime working in a corporate environment, you'll know that this is a definite change. Up until recently, the office was ruled by the PC and Blackberry--boring technology, sure, but also cheap and relatively secure, allowing a company's the bottom line to stay red while providing a reasonably stringent IT security.
How did Apple manage to sway the hearts of the world's enterprise giants? Simple: They left them the heck alone.
And, in case you missed "tentpole" number five, 80% of Fortune 100
companies are using iPhones, which means that better email encryption
within the iPhone OS 4.0 SDK will really benefit business professionals.
Oh, and for those of you math majors out there, that means that 80 of
those companies on the Fortune 100 list are iPhone faithful