Moor Insights and Strategy analyst and former AMD executive Patrick Moorhead has published a new white paper contending that the iPad will have difficulty
defending its early enterprise tablet dominance now that it is being challenged by more versatile, connectable Windows 8 tablets.
Moorhead notes that heretofore the enterprise has made sacrifices and compromises in order to access the iPad’s benefits, because since iPad’s inception, no satisfactory alternative had been
available. However, technologies have now become available that Moorhead predicts will disrupt the iPad’s enterprise tablet dominance.
Particular points cited in support of Moorhead’s thesis include the fact that some Windows tablets have user-replaceable batteries, connect to much broader array of peripherals (such as laser
printers, receipt printers, scanners, card swipers, fingerprint authentication, and smart cards), and can support extended-life batteries, giving them longer effective battery runtime than the
iPad’s +/- 10 hours—possibly a deal-breaker for the iPad if it is to be used in a customer service environment where running out of battery juice and plugging the device in is unacceptable, and
could mean missing the sale or leaving a patient. The burgeoning Windows 8 tablet devices are both more connectable and more expandable than the iPad with more I/O…