Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: Apple's New iPad: 10 Things CIOs Should KnowBy Don Reisinger | Posted 03-12-2012
Consider iPad 2
The interesting thing about the new iPad is that it doesn't come with that many improvements over the iPad 2. In fact, the two devices are nearly identical. If all you really want is a tablet with a solid OS, go with iPad 2; it's cheaper.
Device Price is Just Part of Your TCO
If you want employees to connect to 4G networks using the new iPad, for example, you'll have to pay an additional $130 for the device, and then pay a monthly fee to a wireless carrier for the data service. It's no bargain.
AT&T And Verizon Wireless
U.S. users will have a choice between AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE services. That's important especially for large enterprises that may have contracts with one or both carriers.
Employees Will Want It
Apple's new iPad is just the latest in what's become a stream of attractive devices your employees want to use at work. Balancing the new BYOD paradigm against your company's security needs is only going to get more challenging in the years ahead. If you haven't developed a strategy for dealing with this yet, all we can ask is: What are you waiting for?
Its Not iPad 3
It's not clear why Apple didn't use the "iPad 3" branding, but it could mean that a "real" iPad 3 hasn't launched just yet. Keep that in mind before you decide to deploy the new iPad.
iPad 2 Pricing
Apple decided to keep the iPad 2 on store shelves, even with the new iPad available. iPad 2 has had its base price lowered by $100 which potentially makes it cost-effective option for your enterprise.
The addition of the Retina Display is an important improvement. Depending on the kind of work your employees need to use the new iPad for, the high-quality display could be worth the extra money.
No PC Killer
Apple is trying to position the new iPad as a PC killer. The company claims that the number of apps available, its functionality, and its popularity across every market makes the device a real PC alternative. But Apple is wrong. Until the iPad can deliver the full laptop experience, it's not a PC Killer -- and it shouldn't be called one.
Windows 8 Debate
Before you run out to buy a new iPad for every employee in your office, remember that PC makers will be shipping Windows 8-based tablets later this year. According to Microsoft, those devices will boast the same experience as Windows 8-based laptops. Before you opt for the new iPad, remember Windows 8.
Last year, there was a clear line drawn between the iPad 2 and Android-based tablets. This year, Android-based devices have the chance to catch up and establish themselves as the go-to devices in the tablet market. So, rather than immediately opt for the new iPad, be sure to check out Android-based alternatives. They might just be better options.