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Analysis: What will the Apple iPad be used for?

How Apple's slate PC will be used in different markets

The intended market for the Apple iPad, and just how consumers and business will make use of Apple's latest invention.

What about business...

Now, when it comes to business or education, Apple (or a third party) needs to fill some gaps before the iPad is likely to see wide deployments in the enterprise or in large-scale classroom settings.

The big challenges in either of these types of environments is the need to do mass deployments, enforce security policies, integrate with existing systems and offer options for wide-scale device management as well as for handling security breaches if a device is lost or stolen.

In other words, the things that have kept system admins from fully embracing the iPhone will also hold true for the iPad.

That's the one thing that's been most confusing about the initial burst of information about the iPad.

Apple has been steadily building many of those enterprise-grade deployment, management and security features into the iPhone and iPod touch for the past couple of years. So, the assumption that it can't or won't do so with the iPad seems strange.

And that makes me wonder: Is this potential enterprise-worthy goodness simply not vetted broadly enough yet to announce?
If that's the case, it might make it into a shipping product at launch or via a later update (as happened with the last two iPhone OS releases).

Or it could mean that Apple has an iPad Pro up its sleeve for later introduction, perhaps with additional business features as well as more enterprise-level security and management tools.

One thing's for sure: If the iPhone's growing popularity in the workplace - whether it's officially supported or not - is any indication, you'll be seeing iPads in an office near you soon enough.

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