Will the iPad be a support nightmare for IT?

The wait is over. Apple has officially announced its tablet PC—the iPad. If the iPad makes its way into business IT, do you have any support concerns?


The long, long wait is over. Apple has officially announced its tablet PC—the iPad. The iPads specs are as follows:

  • 1 GHz Apple A4 chip
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB of Flash storage
  • 9.7-inch IPS display
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Accelerometer and compass
  • 10-hour battery life

Shortly after Apple's iPad press event, I spoke with TechRepublic's Jason Hiner and ZDNet's Andrew Nusca about the iPad potential effect on business users. You can play this 23-minute episode from the Flash-based player at the top of the page or:

I think we all agreed that the iPad is primarily a consumer device, but that it might have a few niche business uses—a second computer that you use in conference rooms, at meetings, or while traveling. If the iPad does make its way into corporate IT, I'm interested to hear the TechRepublic audience's concerns about supporting the device.

Are you concerned about security? What about application compatibility? Do you think the device will be more expensive to support than a traditional laptop or even a netbook? Let me know.

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...