Ten Business Uses for Your Apple iPad

Business uses for your Apple iPad that your boss will approve of.

By Paul Mah | Posted Sep 14, 2011
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Tired of lugging your bulky laptop around just to give presentations? With the VGA Adapter and supporting software, business users can make use of the much more portable iPad for this task. A number of software supports the VGA Adapter, such as the free Presentation App, or Apple's own Keynote. Getting the presentation onto the iPad will probably require the requisite files to be synced in advance, though some of the presentation software supports alternative means of moving the files over. And unless you create the presentation on the iPad, you will probably want to first check that the transferred files display as expected.

As an added bonus, Apple has also promised a future update that will allow Keynote presentations to be streamed via AirPlay to an Apple TV. While not terribly useful for conference rooms where projectors are still predominantly VGA-based (the new Apple TV is HDMI only), the capability offers compelling value in certain scenarios – such as being able to conduct a presentation using a large-screen plasma or LCD at a trade show using an iPad.

Thinking of using the Apple iPad in your business this year?  Beyond the various considerations to deploying the iPad in your SMB, what actual roles could Apple's shiny tablet play in your company? This slideshow highlights 10 possible business uses for the Apple iPad.

 

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