Even though iPads are becoming more visible in the enterprise they are still more of a luxury than an essential tool as they have two issues. The first is that they, like all tablets are a media device focused on media consumption rather than a creation with currently lower processing power than traditional PCs and notebooks and secondly if you wish to be connected 24×7 a further 3G card is required to run the device which increases the ROI of the desktop to the enterprise.
However one of these issues may soon resolved with the next release of Apples IOS 4.3 which is currently in Beta. One of the new features being offered is tethering which means that any Apple device with a 3G card can be converted into a WIFI hotspot and connect upto 5 devices.
This could mean where users currently have a 3G card in their laptop, one in their iPhone and one in the iPad, you would be able to surrender two of them and just have one in the iPhone and connect the other two devices via tethering.
This cost saving could certainly accelerate Gartner’s prediction that “by 2013 Gartner predicts that 80% of businesses will support a workforce using tablets and the adoption of tablets is estimated to grow from 19 million units sold in 2010 to 208 million by 2014”.