Mobile devices have evolved over the last few years to become a major part of individuals’ personal lives and the business world. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies are being used in enterprises large and small and the increased functionality of hardware and applications are making them a more influential business tool.
Tablets took another step to solidifying that position this week when Apple announced they will be selling a 128 GB model of the popular iPad starting on February 5. This will double the current top capacity of the company’s devices. The price point is set for $799 on the Wi-Fi model and $929 for cellular capabilities.
The importance of this announcement in the business world is that now the iPad has the same storage size of an Apple laptop – specifically the MacBook Air. This bridges the gap even further between the tablet and PC worlds.
“While we believe this represents a relatively minor change, we believe it could add some momentum to Apple’s efforts to displace traditional PCs in the enterprise longer term,” said Goldman Sachs‘ Bill Shope in a company blog post. “Indeed, Apple noted that virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 are currently deploying or testing the iPad.”
If this move accelerates the adoption rate of mobile devices, more companies are going to be looking for talent that can manage the devices as well as the wireless networking, cloud computing and security protocols that go along with it. Because of this, IT Principals must have reliable resources to lean on if these tasks become overwhelming. VARs and MSPs that have impactful talent can serve as a solution provider for any challenge that could emerge.