By Charles Edge of JAMF Software
The other night at a restaurant I overheard a teacher and her husband tell the bartender how awesome AirDrop, the feature that lets you transfer documents to another Apple Mac or iOS device without using mail or a mass storage device, is. In fact, they ‘AirDropped’ a file to him on the restaurant’s wireless network. Apple couldn’t pay for such good advertising.
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The couple went a step further than I’m used to hearing people talk about Apple devices by revealing they had gotten rid of their laptops, and only used their iPads and iPhones. The idea of living without a personal laptop may seem unusual, but as this couple demonstrates, more and more people are finding that smartphones and tablets today are fulfilling all – if not most – of their computing needs.
With Apple’s release of the new iPad Pro, the iPad now offers enhancements that are sure to make it an even more attractive device for small businesses, and will offer many a laptop replacement. The multitasking, picture-in-picture and QuickType options in iOS 9 were a great addition to what iOS devices can do. Now the iPad Pro’s larger screen and keyboard option makes it an even more enticing laptop replacement than anything else we’ve seen in a long time.
But the most exciting thing to a business about the iPad Pro is that it runs on iOS 9, which requires little to no professional support. As so many small businesses have strapped resources, it’s important for them to leverage a device that’s both user-friendly and requires little in the way of maintenance. With iOS 9, apps and operating systems are updated via the Apple Store in a way that’s easier to use than most video games at home, making the iPad Pro even more attractive.
The new device also includes advanced technologies such as two-factor authentication and sandboxed applications — and these as simple to use as pressing your finger against the screen. This provides an increased security feature for those who simply cannot afford their iPad getting into the wrong hands.
Further, Apple has integrated additional privacy controls as well as cloud storage for free. And Apple has made the experience on devices ubiquitous, moving the state of your experience between devices seamlessly.
But since the lion’s share of owning a computing device is the support cost, I expect many organizations to think harder about that iPad Pro than they ever have before. That’s not to say that next year will see a full-blown migration by businesses from 10+ pound HP and Lenovo laptops (and their three pound power supplies) to iPad Pros.
But with its super-fast new chip (the 64-bit A9X), a phenomenal new GPU (for stunning graphics), 10 hours of battery life, and wireless capabilities of up to 866 Megabits per second, the iPad Pro will definitely make more than a few people — as well as businesses – consider the switch. Especially if people are already taking about it when they go out to a restaurant dinner.
This article is written and provided by Charles Edge. Charles is a product manager at JAMF Software, where he leads Bushel, a mobile device management (MDM) solution designed for small organizations and users with limited IT experience. He holds nearly 20 years experience as a developer, administrator and CTO, and is passionate about helping every day users manage and make the most of their mobile devices.
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