That opens the door for revisionist history. Of course, history is written by the victors of war, but in the information wars the only winners are those who write history to reflect what they believe. Here’s an example:
Quick. Can you name the #1 most used smartphone in American business? Come on. Take a guess. You can do it. I’ll help you three choices.
#1 – Apple’s iconic iPhone. #2 – Something Samsung. #3 – Anything else. If you chose what’s behind door #1, then you, me, and Monte agree. Apple’s iPhone is the most used smartphone in business. iPhone opened the enterprise door for Apple because executives, managers, and everyone else who worked anywhere wanted their company to support iPhone.
We could say iPhone brought about BYOD. Bring your own device. Most IT groups in the enterprise support BYOD. Jonny Evans does not think the same way:
It was the iPad that put Apple in the enterprise
No it wasn’t. That’s just wrong. By the time iPad became a hit among the masses– with roughly three times the user base as the Mac– iPhone was crashing the enterprise party.
Apple’s iPhone is pervasive in the enterprise, but it’s important to note how the iPad helped reinforced Apple’s workplace presence.
That’s not even a real sentence. Do online technology rags have editors? Or, at least a grammar checker? They’re all the rage these days (among real writers).
Apple’s iPhone has become pervasive in the enterprise, but it’s important to note that what really turned the company’s business computing fortunes around wasn’t the smartphone, but its bigger brother – the iPad.
Pure conjecture or revisionist history. There is no data or information or trend anywhere on planet earth to support that assertion. It makes for a nice and somewhat nostalgic notion, but it’s not a reflection of reality. By the time iPad became a bona fide hit product– enterprise or home or school– iPhone was already leading the charge into enterprise IT groups en masse.
iPads were excellent machines for lots of tasks and useful for media consumption and gaming when travelling. They also benefitted from the huge success of the iPhone and the growing buzz around the creation of mobile apps.
Wait a minute. iPhone was already a huge success? Yes.
iPad sales took off for a few years and became Apple’s fastest growing product ever (including iPhone; which wasn’t a giant seller the first few years), but things slowed down in a hurry because, 1) Apple didn’t bother to upgrade the form factor, and, 2) Apple’s iPhone was already the darling in the enterprise, and, 3) because smartphones with large displays are the new tablets.
iPads saw increasing use in enterprise IT for the following few years. Apple continued to innovate its mobile devices, and business users soon discovered that the increasingly powerful apps they’d created that ran well on iPads also ran well on iPhones.
Increasing use does not mean iPad moved the enterprise revolution in Apple’s favor. There’s just no math to support that assertion. Except for the fact that iPhones in the enterprise outsold every other smartphone in just a few years.
iPad opened doors that accelerated iOS device adoption in IT.
Yes. But thanks to iPhone, not to iPad itself. The Apostle Paul did more to advance Christianity across the Mideast than Jesus himself, but without the original– Jesus— Paul was just Saul of Tarsus.
The original barbarian at the enterprise gate was iPhone, not iPad.