The iPad is small in size, but don’t think for two seconds it’s going to be small in sales. It’s going to be huge.
It’s not only going to be huge, it’s going to draw people into the Applesauce where they will find the water is quite pleasant and relaxing.
Every pharmaceutical sales rep will be carrying one by the end of the year. Why? So when they ask to see the Doctor, he’ll let them back to see the new device he’s been too busy to go see.
Every child facing buying some form of tech for their elderly parent to check email and surf the Internet will consider and probably buy one (with the keyboard dock). Why? Because of the wonderfully simple interface and the fact that you only have to learn to touch something.
Web designers will push it. Why? Because now they can build a website in 3 basic sizes – phone, pad, and iMac and be done with it. The PC people can just use the best fit. They’ll be able to design for the iPad like they would for a printed page and they can design to Safari as a standard since it’s available on the other platforms.
Filemaker will adapt Bento 4 to look and work better on the iPad, that along with iWork will make the iPad a complete tool for mobile tech.
Why is the iPad a better mobile solution than say a netbook or a laptop? Have you ever held a a netbook or laptop and tried to show someone else something on the screen? It’s clumsy, you need a table, and you can’t just point at something with your finger and make it happen.
Why is the iPad a better mobile solution than say..the iPhone? Well it isn’t necessarily a better solution, unless you need to deal with more data at once, and you need to share that information.
If you are not sitting down thinking of applications for the iPad right now, you are making a costly mistake. If you work tech and you are not thinking about replacing some of your laptops in your organization with an iPad, you’re making a mistake.
Combining the iPad with the other elements in the Apple business solution, even at Apple prices, starts to shape up to be an incredibly cost effective per user solution. Receptionists, who can now walk into the lobby, and take preadmission information would benefit from the iPad. Business meetings, real estate agents, even hair stylists are on my list of people who could directly benefit from a convenient battery powered piece of handheld tech.
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the iPad, it’s going to be HUGE.