It was kind of cool — I was invited to Apple for a meeting about using iPads in the business environment. So I show up this morning way early, because I thought traffic would be worse than it was, and ended up having breakfast at a Starbucks a block away. Everyone there, it seemed, was using an Apple product.
An hour later I get to the Mainplace store (in Naperville, IL) and had a great meeting with the Apple Business unit and the CEO of Lextech Global about all the ways that businesses are adopting the iPad.
What gets me is the sales figures. The iPad is even beating the iPhone in sales, and is showing signs to have the highest adoption rate of any product in recorded history. They’re on track to sell 28 million of the things by the end of 2011.
What are businesses using them for? Basically, anything you’d use a clipboard for and a piece of paper, that’s what they’re using the iPad for. Instead of jotting down notes or data or filling in forms to be later re-entered into a computer, you simply enter it into the iPad and then it goes directly into the company databases.
Me? I mainly use mine as a television set. I just finished watching the entire last 5 seasons of Doctor Who on it.