Enterprise IT, users like what they see in new iPad

By , Network World |  Consumerization of IT, Apple, ipad

"I'll have to take a deeper dive into iOS 5.1," says James Gordon, vice president of IT at Needham Bank, a small community bank in Massachusetts that has deployed iOS devices among a majority of its staff and the board of directors.

An enterprise consultant with a federal systems integrator, who requested anonymity, echoed that attitude. "I hope to see more with iOS 5.1 once that is released," he says.

Apple's decision to cut the price of the iPad 2 by $100, bringing the entry-level price to $399, may have a significant impact on deployments. "This opens up possibilities, especially in education markets with a lower buy-in price point," says Okihara. "$100 x 1,000+ [units] is significant."

Levy agrees. "By lowering the price on the iPad 2 while bringing advances into the new iPad, Apple is able to deliver new technology and features quickly to those who want them right away, while removing some of the barrier of entry to those who don't yet have an iPad," he says.

Gordon was hoping the rumors of a quad-core CPU were true. And at Life Technologies, where a lot of content is in Adobe Flash, the continued and apparently eternal lack of iOS support for that technology remains a complaint.

Prasad at Life Technologies also says he'd like to see direct video output for iPads.

"The bar for tablets and mobile computers has been set very high [with the new iPad]," says Gordon.     

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for "Network World."Twitter: http://twitter.com/johnwcoxnwwEmail: john_cox@nww.comBlog RSS feed: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/2989/feed

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