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The Apple iPad has replaced laptops for 12% of global enterprise users

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The Apple iPad has replaced laptops for 12% of global enterprise users
IDG Connect has finished its "iPad for Business Survey 2012" which is a result of interviews with global IT and business professionals. And the result of the survey shows that many of these enterprise users have put down their laptop and have replaced it with Apple's tablet. The figures show that 12% of those surveyed have replaced their mobile computer with the Apple iPad. 54% said that the iPad has "partly" replaced their laptop and complements the latter. The report says, "If a majority of professionals still use laptops, the iPad has certainly curtailed usage levels. Nearly three-quarters of respondents say that they 'carry their laptop around less' now that they own an iPad."

How the Apple iPad is used at the office

How the Apple iPad is used at the office

As far as desktop computers are concerned, the Apple iPad has replaced 6% of these PC's for those IT and business pros who answered the survey. 33% said that the tablet has "partly" replaced their desktop PC. IDG says, "For most, the iPad isn't a substitute for an existing tool or device. Instead, it's a supplement, albeit one with functionality that overlaps with other devices. As a result, the iPad seems to have carved out a niche for itself at the partial expense of several rival form factors." And iPad usage might increase. While reporting its last quarterly figures, Apple revealed in October that 90% of Fortune 500 firms use or are testing the Apple iPad.

Most business users have had to reach into their own wallet to purchase the Apple iPad of those responding to the survey telling IDG that they paid for their own unit. Employees provided the tablet for only 25% of business users involved in the survey. A whopping 79% of the respondents said that they always use the Apple iPad for Web browsing. Reading on the tablet was next with 76% of users checking that off, followed by news consumption at 73% and work communication with 54%.

A look at the survey results shows that a large majority of enterprise users (91%) are doing things with their iPad at home. A slight majority always use the device at work while 40% say it is used sometimes at the office. The Apple iPad is still the most used tablet in the office as figures from last October show that Apple's tablet made up 96% of all tablets activated in the office.

source: IDGConnect via AppleInsider

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posted on 16 Jan 2012, 17:05 3

1. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 630; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


In my country the economy goes down however every businessman secured his iPad purchase because he neeeeeeeeeeds it for serious work!

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 17:38 2

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)


like playing angry birds?

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 02:59 2

10. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 630; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Exactly. The point is that they allways have the excuse why they should have their iPad for their work because it's basically an empty slate and fetish object, so you can project on it any purpose you want, you just need the app for that, and that's no problem at all. So, iPad is allways winning, we have no choice but to want it. Perfect psychological manipulation by Apple, very effective even among most serious enterprise users...

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 17:12 4

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i dont think any tablet can replace a laptop. this sounds like a joke.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 17:41 2

5. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


I have an iPad and agree. It can't replace a laptop for work. Its great replacement for quick tasks. If we talking about serious work it does not easily replace a proper laptop or desktop imo.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 14:15

11. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Further, I think the iPad makes those quick tasks a lot more fun. It's a lot more fun to "touch" your e-mail than it is to use a physical keyboard. And let's not forget the endless amounts of mobile games.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 14:25 2

12. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I agree that the tablet does not replace a laptop. It is more like this:

smart phone < iPad < laptop < desktop

Then again, the iPad isn't necessarily greater than the smart phone. Obviously the smart phone makes phone calls and is much more mobile, but if you are talking in terms of computers, then my tiny diagram above stands true.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 17:13 1

3. Birds (Posts: 1007; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


iPads make me hungry. IDK why.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 17:54

6. awkward11598k (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


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posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:03

7. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Today we bought something at sears and they were all using ipads.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 22:34 2

8. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


They sell the laptop for an iPad to realise afterwise that they just sold the sync counterpart. To remediate they buy an iTruck for carrying around the desktop pc in case a client is giving them a file stored in an usb key. As an alternative, with the iTruck they carry along an Apple store to equip the client with an iPad aswell so maybe he can transfer the file via bluetooth. Ops, can't use the iPad as a hard drive and can't handle files that aren't recognized by iTunes: bluetooth file sharing is locked anyway just in case. So the client returns home and sends the file via email with a desktop pc: alas, the enterprise user can't open the email attachment, the file is compressed...

Could probably be a tactical move from the aliens: remove all desktop pcs, laptops and replace them with iPads; while people are wandering around looking for a way to sync them and share files, they conquer the earth.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 23:29

9. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Ipad cant replace a pc. No one is argueing with that fact.i own a pc and an ipad 2 and i av come to realise that ever since i got my ipad i dont use my pc anymore. It does all the little things i use my pc for and does it smarter than simplier.i only sync my music collections to it once and ever since i hve not been near my pc. Its a nice device n i hope evryone gets to own one to see how cool it is.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 15:24 1

13. iDroidx650 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 May 2010)


Yea, I doubt any tablet can replace a laptop. I wouldn't mind trying it out. My transformer prime is great but I still like to use my macbook for emails, surfing the web etc.

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