Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Spot on. That's not counting the opportunities in India, China, healthcare, automobiles, living room,...... to name just a few of the more obvious ones!
Most people don't understand just how entrenched iPads have become in the business sector. Two reasons why the Mac didn't make it big in business:
One was that they came out two and a half years after the IBM PC. By then, there was a ton of business software out, and the IBM brand was irresistible.
Two was that SJ and his "computer as an appliance" was years ahead of its time, and back then, when computer sales were driven 90% by business, the appliance idea wasn't inviting, nor was the 9" screen.
But now, everything is different. IBM is out, the all-in-one is the biggest selling category of desktop personal computers to consumers, who are more than 50% of the computer buying public, and they're making inroads in business as well. Apple's all-in-one sales lead the industry.
Apple's notebooks have the biggest marketshare in the US, at least. And are growing very well. We all remember the days when it was thought that laptops were a waste, because they weren't powerful enough to do any "real"work on.
Now it's the iPad that has a three year advantage, and it's moving into businesses faster than the original PC did. There is a vast amount of business software available, much of it that will never be seen in the App Store by most people because it exists in the private business stores Apple allows organizations to set up. Much of this software is custom, just as there is much Windows custom software.
And this has to make Microsoft cringe, as one major reason business hasn't moved off Microsoft over the years was because of all of that custom software.
And then, of course, there are the millions, even tens of million of business employees who are finding, to their surprise, that they don't need Office after all! This will be a major problem for Microsoft, as it is the only real reason they are telling people they will want Win 8 tablets, even though you need a keyboard and trackpad to use them for Office, and that includes the RT version as well.
La de da!
The iPhone is pushing out RIM and Microsoft in corporate phones. In fact, I recently read an article in Infoworld where it was said that just allowing people to bring in iPhones to work wasn't exactly a BYOD concept. But that's what's happening. And Apple just made it even better for corporations with "app lock". This is a sign that Apple is becoming more enterprise friendly, and that's a good thing.