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Apple’s iPad launch so far looks like a text-book example of how to get a consumer product out into the market, with 150,000 apps already running, including a software version of Amazon’s Kindle – a device which the iPad will compete against. The device is not expected to hit the UK’s Apple Store until later this month, but eWEEK is offering one as a prize in a draw for newsletter subscribers.
Bane or blessing for IT professionals?
The iPad has come in for a lot of criticism, particularly for its failure to support the popular Adobe Flash technology for web video and interaction, for Apple’s digital rights policy, and for Apple’s usual monolithic design which makes it hard to replace batteries.
However, with the Apple effect, there’s no doubt it will ship in large numbers. The device is likely to have a mixed reaction from IT managers, who may be concerned about its security, but who are likely to be asked to support it as senior executives bring the devices in for business use, with the expectation that they can use them on company Wi-Fi networks.
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