If you’re conflicted about the iPad Pro, you’re not alone. Is there a place for a device that’s somewhere in between a tablet and a laptop? Read ahead for some thoughts about the iPad Pro for business.
POS (Point-of-sale) Desktop
Perfect use model for where the iPad Pro can shine. Many business use iPads as mobile POS systems. The software has been built and paid for, and the utility is unquestionable for on-the-go service providers. But there are always scenarios where a larger interactive display would be fantastic. One example is check-out. A clunky desktop with a giant display is not quite right. A laptop isn’t right either. A sleek iPad Pro on a desktop or wall mount with a lightweight keyboard tucked out of sight? Just right. The extra real estate for viewing records is a big plus.
For many of the same reasons that iPad Pro is great for a POS Desktop, it could also turn out to be a perfect choice for a Front Desk or Hostess Station. It’s a use model where a little more real estate and a backup keyboard could be the difference between fumbling around with a client greeting, and a smooth welcome with an almost unnoticeable electronic component. How much better would a seating map look on a full size screen? A wall-mounted iPad Pro gives that extra visual area for creating a friendly and useable self check-in kiosk for clients as well.
From signing waivers at a family fun centre, to registering and filling out new patient forms at a doctor’s office, a wide range of providers use iPads to streamline their front desk and make their customer’s visits more efficient and painless. Demure iPad screens with touch only can be a drawback. How to make clients who aren’t regular users of iPads comfortable? What about the pain of data entry with a mobile keyboard? Wouldn’t it be sweet to use a paper-sized iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil that functions just like the old school clipboard and pen?
Mobile Enterprise Data
Let’s say you’re in an industry that needs access to records outside of the office, for instance construction. Maybe you have a database setup to serve those records. And it works. You can see the records on your iPhone and iPad. The problem? There isn’t enough screen space to show the entire record. The UI for your mobile device is a stripped down version of what you’d see on your desktop, with a limited amount of information presented in a different way. You can’t always find what you need, or perform the actions that you can on your desktop. When you share your reports, graphics, drawings with your trades or clients, the view is just too small. You could get cellular on your laptop and awkwardly balance it in mid-air when you want to present. Or… try an iPad Pro with a hand strap and your desktop native layout that looks great.
Ever been to the dentist and taken a look at your X-ray film? What if you could watch a live presentation on an iPad Pro mounted on a VESA mount from the ceiling, instead of contorting yourself to look this way or that from the chair? Maybe your dentist retrieves an older film with a swipe and displays it side-by-side to show how your teeth have changed. While your teeth are being cleaned, you’re watching your favourite show on that same screen. A big improvement for the patient. And all of the advantages and benefits of a mobile-driven workflow still apply for the provider. Tap targets that aren’t annoyingly small, full native layouts that aren’t crowded or stripped down.
Photo Editing/Digital Art
This is kind of a no-brainer. Leave your Bamboo behind and work naturally and directly on a bigger, higher-resolution canvas. Here’s hoping the next release of iPad Pro has 3D touch… think of the possibilities!