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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.

...and education?

Even if Apple isn't looking to make the iPad a business-oriented device, it's hard to think that Jobs and company haven't thought about it for education, where it would shine as both an internet/basic computing device and electronic textbook reader.

For many schools, even providing an iPad to every student would be more economical than providing them with individual laptops. But, just like businesses, schools need to be able to secure and manage their devices.

An even more intriguing thought is that Apple may have some new security tools for working with the iPad.

One point I've seen made a lot concerns the iPad's apparent lack of VPN support.

What's interesting to me about that is that with the current release of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, the company introduced a feature called Mobile Access Server that uses TLS (transport-level security) to allow secure access to all of the built-in collaborative services without using a VPN.

Mobile Access Server is already supported on the iPhone, iPod Touch and Snow Leopard Macs.

All in all, the reaction to the iPad unveiling after all this waiting and speculation may not have elicited the gasps of joy you might have expected, given the hype.

But, just because we've seen video of the product (and some of us have been lucky enough to see one in person), I'm willing to bet that there's a lot more that we're going to find out over the next few months as the iPad matures and an iPad-specific developer community evolves.

See also: 8 questions about the iPad Apple won't answer

  1. We look at how Apple's slate PC will be utilised by different markets
  2. Multi-touch magic
  3. What about business...
  4. ...and education?

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