The iPad2 and Joint Venture
In case you missed it yesterday, Apple (i.e., Steve Jobs) announced the 2nd generation iPad with a whole new set of features and a slimmer, lighter design. We use an iPad here at the Answer Center to help people while moving around the library, but I can definitely see iPads being useful to small business owners. So, here are some features that might come in handy for someone running their own business:
- Connectivity: A lot of small business owners are constantly on the move and the iPad can help you stay connected through your email accounts, calendar, and contacts for clients and partners.
- Information: Since the iPad allows you to access the Internet via WiFi or a 3G connection, you can use it to quickly look up a piece of information you need to answer a client's question or do some research for yourself.
- Productivity: You can also use the iPad to write documents, create spreadsheets, edit movies, record sounds and voices, and put together a stylish slide presentation.
- Communication: One of the biggest additions to the new iPad is the presence of not one, but two cameras. With the FaceTime app, you can hold face-to-face meetings virtually wherever you are. You can also record in HD video and edit a movie on the fly.
- Sharing: Perhaps my favorite addition to the new iPad is the ability to connect to an external monitor via HDMI and display to others anything and everything you're doing on the iPad. This is a great way to share information and demonstrate something to others during a presentation.
If you missed the announcement, you can check it out in its entirety online or check out the following clip below.
By the way, one thing that got overshadowed by the news of the iPad2 is Apple's creation of a program, or a package of services, specifically designed for businesses. It's called Joint Venture and you can read more about it online.