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In the last decade, mobile computing has gone from a dream to a reality to a necessity, with many businesses embracing the iPad to streamline their operations. Here, CEO and "top dog" of Small Dog Electronics, an Apple Specialist and the third-largest Apple reseller in the United States, explains how businesses can harness the power of mobile technology in order to create growth.—Jennifer Bosavage, editor
With the exception of the incredibly high resolution Retina display, the “new” iPad, otherwise referred to as the 3rd generation, doesn’t look much different than the iPad 2. However, there are dramatic differences under the hood including an A5X dual-core processor and an optional 4G upgrade.
Optimized for the updated hardware, Apple’s iOS mobile operating system provides for a fast, seamless user experience – one of the many reasons for the success of iOS solutions in business. Because Apple designs both the hardware and the operating system, they are completely integrated and work in concert to provide a user experience unlike anything else.
iPad is an ideal device for mobile collaboration and provides constant connectivity for everyone in the office, allowing for collaboration and decision-making through email, social media, and instant messaging—reducing the amount of time spent in meetings and resulting in a boost in productivity.
iPad is also a valuable meeting tool when working together. During meetings and presentations, iPads are used to take notes and research information, enhancing the depth and quality of the meeting while also allowing for real-time collaboration and editing of cloud-based documents.
Business, Meet Apps
There are hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store and many of them are designed for the business customer. Apple’s App Store offers a complete business app ecosystem consisting of apps ranging from simple note taking apps to apps optimized for editing business documents to apps for accessing enterprise level databases.
The most common documents used for business are easily accessible on the iPad; office files such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint can be opened and edited using Apple's iWork apps such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
From right off the “shelf” in the App Store to custom made apps you or a partner developer makes for you, there is a productivity solution for your business available with iPad’s iOS mobile technology.
Helpful apps for business users include general productivity apps, executive dashboard apps, mobile sales apps, field service and logistics apps, and a host of apps designed to handle your business’ office documents, presentations, collaboration and brainstorming, remote document access, and mobile transactions.