This month is clearly tablet computer time. You can't surf a tech blog or news channel without seeing the latest updates from Apple or responses from competitors like Amazon. Frequent news updates are spotlighting the latest iPad and the move away from desktop computers, among other tidbits of information. Here's an interesting twist in this wave of news: A report from ChangeWave noting that businesses are turning into Apple geeks, too.
The survey ChangeWave conducted popped out several key points. First, the people in charge of buying exciting new tech for businesses plan on purchasing iPads for their workplaces in the coming months - to the tune of 22 percent in the survey, a surprisingly high number. With surveyed businesses over 1,600, that's a pretty good clue of a nationwide trend.
Well, not all the companies are actually buying iPads, only 84 percent of them. The others are buying difference options, like the Kindle Fire, or tablets produced by Samsung. Maybe price differences make these other options more appealing, or the businesses have special deals that give them little choice for their touchscreen devices. Buyers are actually favoring the iPad even more than the other options from HP, Asus, Motorola, and all those other companies that are only capturing a tiny, tiny slice of the tablet market
What does this mean for you? Look on the bright side: It bumps up your chances of automatically getting the latest iPad when you find a new job, especially an office or tech position. It also means you might want to get more comfortable with using an iPad or a touchscreen relation if you don't have a lot of experience. Businesses love the idea of a simple, portable computer that employees can take from meetings to cubicles to other workstations, checking apps with just a few quick touches. Mastering a desktop computer still matters, of course, but iPad skills are becoming more and more necessary.