If you look around almost any public space these days, your chances to spot an iPad are quite high. People play games on iPads, browse the web, tweet and send mails, and yes, make notes and to-do lists.
Now, you could do all of this before with your laptop or a netbook, but that is no longer cool enough, and the magic is that Apple is indeed replacing manual transmissions in our everyday computers with automatic ones. Apple is building computers for regular people, remember, and Apple is keen on making iPad’s user experience second to nothing.
But apart from that, it looks like the rest of the industry is struggling to discover what else can be done with an iPad in a completely new way. Will iPad be fully embraced by the enterprise? There are interesting examples already, but otherwise, to quote Deng Xiaoping, it is too early to tell.
The only guys who figured it out completely are the newspapers and magazines. It is clear to them that it is more fun to carry around an iPad than a stack of issues to read. And sky is the limit to what they can do with their content: the Economist is on iPad, Wired is, and so is the New Yorker. Rupert Murdoch claims that it is a game-changing device for his industry.
The question that we naturally ponder at Exact is whether iPads can change the game drastically for our solutions.
There are interesting applications already out there in the wilderness, ranging from secure document access to specific field service clients that we can take inspiration from, but is there more than that?
Before we start discussing individual solutions in the following articles, we want to turn the tables — what do you think? Will an iPad application make an Exact user fitter (for purpose)? Happier? More productive?
Photo by Nick Mokey.