The new iPad is catching the eye of IT buyers, with 84 percent of companies considering a purchase, according to a report. This beats out tablets from Samsung, RIM and others.
newest iPad already has CIOs and IT professionals planning accordingly. In a
survey, more than one in five business IT buyers said they now
plan to buy the new iPad, which goes on sale March 16, during the second
quarter of 2012.
22 percent, according to ChangeWave, represents the highest level of corporate
iPad demand ever found in its surveys.
of February, 84 percent of the companies that said they plan to buy tablets in
the second quarter now say they'll purchase iPads, ChangeWave reported March 13.
That figure represents a seven-point jump from a similar November survey.
good for Apple, of course, is lousy for the competition.
impending release of the new iPad is also having an impact on business
purchases of tablets made by other manufacturers," ChangeWave said in a
Apple's November through February change was a seven-point bump, company plans
for buying tablets from other manufacturers fell in every instance. Samsung
dipped from 10 percent in November to 8 percent in February, Amazon's tablets
from 7 percent to 6 percent, Hewlett-Packard from 5 to 4 percent, Asus from 4
to 3 percent, Dell and Research In Motion each fell from 5 to 3 percent, Lenovo
from 3 to 2 percent, and Motorolarepresenting a 50 percent change, the worst
of allfell from 4 percent saying they planned to buy Motorola tablets to just
good luck beyond Apple falls to AT&T and Verizon Wireless. While WiFi-only
tablets have been a preference for consumers, more business users than not plan
to purchase wireless services, 30 percent from AT&T, 29 percent from
Verizon and 4 percent from Sprint, which, despite finally offering the iPhone,
will not be privy to the brand-new iPad.
11 percent said they'd do without, leaning on WiFi alone.
have expected the new iPad to be a hit with IT professionalsthough it may
bring some challenges, too.
Research Vice President Carolina Milanesi told eWEEK
that the iPad's increased resolution is likely to
resonate with users needing to "show brochures or other marketing
the United States, she added, "the addition of LTE [Long-Term Evolution]
might appeal to some organizations whose users are particularly mobile and therefore
more reliant on cellular coverage and speed."
iSuppli expects specialty markets such as health care and transportation to be
strong verticals for Apple, and most especially education. Earlier this year,
Apple launched a textbook program, and it has been aggressively wooing
new A5X chip will markedly speed things up, and users excited to enjoy content
on the high-definition display may quickly speed through monthly data
allotments. Those hopping on WiFi, as a work-around, could quickly bog down a
corporate network, some fear.
speculated that the cost of the iPad, often being shouldered by individuals
though used in the enterprise, may help temper the rollout. If business IT
buyers stay true to their survey answers, however, during the second quarter, WiFi
and wireless broadband networks may quickly feel the impact of a new tablet in