iPad for photographers and designers. iPad, with its stand accessory is perfect for anyone looking to showcase a portfolio. As trade shows, it can be put on a table to showcase your best work relevant to the show, yet if asked, in an instant you can pull up any part of your portfolio with ease on a brilliant display, without digging around or pulling out your laptop. Afterwards, placing it back on the cradle to resume the original show. At your studio or gallery, instead of just a couple books of prints on a coffee table, a tablet would allow the customer to select exactly what type of work they are interested in and look at relevant examples immediately.
iPad for the business world. iPad can be used throughout the business structure, from corporate meetings where attendees receive any documents via bluetooth, to an inventory and ordering platform for a retail employee. Supervisors at factories and other locations can have all of their checklists, time off schedules, sick days, shipping dates and more right with them at all times.
iPad for students. Students will hopefully be able to download their textbook from the store for a lower cost, then they can keep notes from class and all their schedules too. This means lighter backpacks, and after a few years of saving on books, it would actually pay for the iPad. As an extra perk, the games look like a great way to unwind after a tough test too.
iPad for coaches, utility meter readers, and more. All these people who used to need large clipboards, binders, and even dry erase boards can now replace it all with just one iPad, not to mention all the new things they can use if for, like showing a video clip from a past game over half time.
Useful almost anywhere. I am sure if I tried I could come up with dozens more uses for the iPad, but it basically comes down to it being a great all round product. Tablet laptops never really took off because people were afraid of breaking the swivel, but they still wanted them, this is lighter, smaller, and sturdier. If you tried, you could think up a great way for almost any profession to use it to simplify or enhance the position or the customer experience.
Where next for the iPad? There are plenty of things I would love to see in the iPad in the future, but there are some major things I think should be first on the list.
- A SD card reader. A built in reader would make it easy to load pictures and move files, using it like a jump drive while keeping everything internal. I know there are attachments for this kind of thing, but they add to the size and would be awkward to carry.
- Multitasking: I am sure it is at the top of everyone's list, and it should be, I am sure it is coming.
- Video/still Camera. I would actually like to see a camera with a lens that slides out of the top, then it could be used for video chats as well as spun around for more traditional use. yeah it is a bulky camera, but if you are carrying it anyway, it would be great to leave the camera behind.
- More memory. It is a given, that with time, the ability and storage of these devices will go up, but I feel the only other thing an iPad misses to completely beat a net book is a competitively sized hard drive.