On 28 May, Apple will celebrate the first anniversary of releasing the iPad in the UK.
For many the landmark underpins a working-culture shift across both the public and private sectors. Whilst three of the top five PC vendors saw sales slide in the first quarter of 2011, tablets such as the iPad continue to grab market share. In fact, it’s estimated that between 2010 and 2015, a total of 888.7 million tablets will be sold globally.
iPad adoption is not only rife across mobile workers in the private sector, public sector employees are also getting in on the act. Earlier this year, the House of Lords made the decision that even they couldn’t resist the lure of the shiny screen. It subsequently backed the use of Apple iPads and other tablet PCs in the chamber, with the reasoning that tablets didn’t have “clicky keys” that would distract speakers.
In addition, health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that tablet technologies could have a place in the NHS, via innovative applications such as a live online health tracker, which would allow patients to track their recovery and provide up to date information to clinicians.
Software developers are also benefiting from the adoption of iPads and are in discussions with a number of health trusts about trialing applications that can make it easier to track the supply of blood to patients.
A year on, the iPad has revolutionised working practices in the UK. Its App Store enables the development of bespoke tools that can really help private and public organisations cut costs and boost productivity. With mobile working growing at an exponential rate, it’s clear that the applications available on the iPad can really help workers remain productive when on the move.
Research carried out recently looking at how many organisations are offering mobile working in 2011, revealed a massive 357 per cent increase on 2010. With statistics like that I anticipate that Apple will enjoy many more successful years to come.