Tech Giants to Usher in Professional Grade Tablets

by Matt Klassen on January 13, 2014

There’s no question that tablets continue to infiltrate the enterprise sector, but that doesn’t make them work machines, far from it in fact. Any successful tablet deployed in today’s business market—you know, the one’s your employees actually want to use—are unabashedly consumer products, designed with time wasting, convenience, and a ‘cool’ factor in mind, not increased productivity, business functionality, and enterprise-level security.

In fact, such heavy-lifting in the enterprise sector has, until today, been largely left to the PC, the business market serving as the personal computers’ last remaining stronghold. But those days are quickly coming to an end, as tablets are getting a business makeover, with news that both mobile heavyweights Samsung and Apple will be bringing a ‘Pro’ tablet series to market this year, tablets that come equipped with business specific apps, have processing power that rivals laptops, and have significantly enhanced security features.

While Samsung took the opportunity at this year’s CES to tantalize us with its Galaxy Pro, Apple’s iPad Pro remains nothing but speculation, but given the tit-for-tat history we’ve seen between these two companies over the past several years, there’s a good chance Apple is, for once, paying attention to the business market.

We had heard rumours leading up to CES 2014 that Samsung would be unveiling a new professional-grade tablet line-up, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the super-sized Galaxy Note 12.2, the latter coming with the stylus pen that Samsung’s higher end products have become famous for.

From the tantalizing glimpse we got at CES it seems the Pro series will feature a different user interface, one somewhere between the Apple inspired ‘tiles’ on the screen and Microsoft’s blocks, offering a distinctive magazine feel that analysts say feels intuitive and cool.

But cool aside, the Pro series is chalked full of the one thing that Apple produces have lacked of late: innovative ideas. The tablet will offer an integrated suite of business apps and enhanced security, allowing for easier IT management.

Not to be outdone, however, Apple is apparently has its own professional-grade iPad coming to market, one that finally might allow the business world to be comfortable with Apple’s continued BYOD infiltration in the once ironclad security conscience market. Analysts point to several subtle developments, including the release of the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air and the subsequent name change of the latest iPad to the iPad Air, as evidence that an iPad Pro is inevitable. Further, the company can nary afford to let Samsung dominate yet another mobile market.

According to market analysts, Apple will likely deliver the new iPad Pro sometime in early autumn, a device that will also offer a super-sized screen at 12.9 inches, come with its own business-oriented apps (some have already been released on the iPad Air), and could actually once again push the envelope for screen resolution, offering an UltraHD screen, although that would raise concerns over battery life in a business oriented tablet.

In the end, 2014 is quickly shaping up to be the year that tablet went professional, when we finally see what the handheld computing platform is capable of, and whether or not it will truly usher in the demise of the traditional PC.

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