What it is: The iPad defined the tablet market.
Before the iPad, Tablet PCs were ordinary laptops with screens that swiveled and folded over the keyboard, creating a bulky, heavy, and clumsy tablet. When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, they defined the tablet market that all other companies are mimicking.
Back when Apple introduced the iPad, people criticized it for its lack of purpose. Yet the main purpose of the iPad is that it can adapt to almost any type of task. Today you see stores using iPads as cash registers, electronic whiteboards, and e-book readers. Perhaps one of the most compelling uses for the iPad is as a specialized device that’s easy to carry and view information. At the One World Trade Center observatory, iPads will soon be used as a personal tour guide.
The idea behind these specialized iPads is to let people point the iPad at different sights around New York and be able to view more details about various historical landmarks. Not only does the iPad replace cumbersome printed tour guides, but its interactive nature makes viewing different sights more enjoyable and easier to see as well. Even more importantly, instead of printing various tour guides in multiple languages (some of which may rarely be used), the iPad can adapt to each user’s native language. Now you just need one device to meet the needs of multiple users.
The iPad basically combines the features of a passive screen with interactivity so it does far more than ordinary printed materials could possibly do. By eliminating the need for cumbersome accessories like a keyboard, the iPad makes it easy to view information and interact with the computer.
The iPad is popular precisely because it’s so versatile. Its uses are limited only by your imagination, so if you can’t find a use for an iPad, chances are good it’s not the fault of the iPad but your own lack of imagination and creativity that’s holding you back.
Just by watching how the One World Trade Center observatory plans to use iPads, you can see how it might be useful in your own line of work.