Last week Apple held their annual WWDC. This is a conference for software developers and engineers to get hands-on experience and exposure to new software tools from Apple. NextPoint IT always gets excited about this conference because we get to geek out. Importantly for business owners, it gives some insight into what’s coming down the pipeline from Apple.
The most important WWDC announcement for small businesses was that iPad’s would have their own OS, cleverly named the iPad OS. This move signaled Apple’s intent to improve the iPad as a mobile workstation. iPad OS will release this Fall and includes a wide variety of upgrades for business productivity and administration such as:
What should small business owners make of this?
Well, if you already have a large employee group using iPads, you should plan to hold off on updating to iPad OS until it’s been out in the wild for a few weeks. It’s never a good idea to immediately jump into an OS upgrade, and you want other businesses and users to take the first plunge to eliminate the early bugs and frustrations. And it would be a good idea to discuss these upcoming changes with your employees who use iPads and discuss how these changes could help improve their workflows. Communication is always critical even with mundane technology upgrades.
And if your business doesn’t currently use iPads, you may want to consider the iPad as your next mobile workstation when your current laptops need upgraded. iPads are increasingly becoming an excellent mobile workstation solution compared to the traditional laptop. NextPoint IT personally uses them, and we have plenty of techie friends who almost fully rely on their iPad as their workstation. Apple is also far more security and privacy conscious as a company than Microsoft and Google or the numerous laptop manufacturers out there. Plus, you always know you’re getting a high-quality product with minimal frustrations with Apple, even if you pay a small premium for that quality.
Click here for a full rundown of the new features in iPad OS. And let us know what you think about the iPad OS for business usage in the comments below!
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