Apple’s press release accompanying the recent announcement of the addition of a 128GB capacity iPad contained
less-than-subtle indication that the company would like the new model to be taken seriously by enterprise and power users as a sort of “Pro” version of the iPad.
The release highlighted that “the iPad continues to have a significant impact on business, with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing
iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a
greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork users, and customers who rely on other productivity apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital
playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, will also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more
However, it will take more than adding greater storage capacity to make the iPad as serious tool for pro users who highly value their time, and therefore productivity and efficiency.
In his Monday Note column this week, entitled “iPad Pro: The Missing Workflow,” Jean Louis Gasseé—former senior
Apple executive and founder of Be, Inc.—analizes the iPad’s deficiency as a production tool and eloquently make their case for an iPad Pro capable of supporting real, desktop operating system
Gasseé notes that the new 128 GB iPad is becoming popularly known as the “iPad Pro,” but critics contend that 128 GB is more storage than any sane person could ever want in a pure tablet.
Nevertheless, Gasseé thinks an iPad Pro actually does represent the future of both the iPad and tablets in general. In the meantime, when he scrutinizes the iPad as a Pro platform, he sees that at