My five pennyworth on the iPad

I must say that the iPad is everything I was looking for and some more.

I am doing my first transcontinental flight with it tomorrow and it will be my treat when I have cleared the email backlog.

But I would say that, wouldn’t I, since I love gadgets. Yes, I even had an Apple Newton all those years back! And yes, I love the way that Apple always seems to work out of the box and looks good and is fun to use.

But the reason I think that the iPad – and the countless imitation tablets now being prepared for market – will transform the way we work and play, interact with each other, download music and media, is that many of my friends and colleagues who aren’t tech heads have jumped on the iPad bandwagon and love it too.

It seems to be reaching many more than the usual early adopters. It is already being used by people are not usually into IT gimmicks. Even more striking, they all seem to be using it for quite different things: emails, photo libraries, organising politics, games, posing, following the F1 feed, reading books.

This shows its amazing appeal across generations and people, and its versatility even now.

So what does this mean for our business? What does this mean for in-flight entertainment? Will this mean a new willingness to purchase flights and holidays on mobile devices?

And what are the applications for our people? Will the iPad support customer interactions during disruption? Could it – or any tablet – become more used in Engineering or in Baggage?

This blog was of course prepared on the iPad. I even used the tappy-tap integral keyboard since I left the external one at home!

About paulcoby
I am CIO at the John Lewis Partnership in the UK. I was Chair of SITA - the airline solutions company owned by the Air Transport Community - for 11 years. I am also on the Boards of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank and Pets at Home. Previously I was Head of BA Services and for 10 years CIO at British Airways. I am interested in Roman and Military History. The views expressed are entirely my own not my employers.

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