Enterprise Mobility: Apple`s iPad Is Shaking Up the IT Industry: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-08-31 Print this article Print
Bringing Tablets to the Fore

Bringing Tablets to the Fore

Perhaps more than anything else, the iPad should be celebrated for bringing tablets into the fore of the technology industry. Prior to the iPads launch, tablets were dull niche products for special industry applications. Consumers largely ignored them, and smartphones took center stage. But now all that has changed as both consumers and enterprise users are buying iPads as highly mobile devices that deliver more functionality than a smartphone and most of the features found in larger laptops or desktops.
Apple's massive iPad sales have changed the face of the IT Industry. Apples is expected to sell tens of millions it's tablet, which comes with a 9.7-inch display and runs Apple's iOS platform. Sales are only expected to increase over the next several years. To say that it has become a key component in Apple's financial performance—and the future of the company—would be an understatement. But the iPad has done more than just help Apple. The tablet has single-handedly changed the technology industry in several major ways. The iPad has pulled consumer and business users to tablet computers, devices that previously had been no better than a niche product. Heavy tablet sales are also killing off netbooks and caused a seismic shift in the PC hardware industry that Apple's competitors have been unable to adapt to with anything close to equal success. The iPad forced competing computer makers to move fast, but not so nimbly to introduce their own tablet models. So far none of these competing models have significantly challenged iPad supremacy. This eWEEK slide show will examine some of the ways in which the iPad has changed the technology industry. Debate rages over whether or not the following changes are for good or ill. But there is no question the iPad has changed the course of the industry.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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