A place for the iPad in industry

We’ve been saying it for a while now, but the iPad has arrived on the job-site, and it’s not going anywhere. That said, some contractors still hold legitimate concerns about deploying them in the field.

It is true that, year after year, new models of tablets continue to hit the market. The bells and whistles may vary, but the concept of a highly portable, powerful computing device on the job-site still stands strong.

Once you’re convinced that tablets are not out of place in an industrial setting, there’s still the question of which device to invest in. This can be a dizzying conundrum given the number of options available, but we’ve allied ourselves firmly with Apple’s iPad. Here are three reasons why:

1. While other platforms such as Android have their own unique perks, programming for them can be a headache due to their wide variety of screen sizes, resolutions and versions of operating systems. Since Apple products tend to have fewer variables, we can focus on maintaining our app on these devices to the highest standards.

2. As a younger, more tech-savvy generation enters the workforce, they will already be familiar with the iPad when they encounter them in the workplace. Notice the number of K-12 schools on this list of the largest iPad rollouts as of the end of 2013. The iPad is frequently finding its way into the classroom, and for good reason.

In addition to schools and insurance agencies, the Department of Defense, an organization that traditionally knows a thing or two about technology, has seen potential in the iPad. In fact, the US Air Force features prominently on the above list. We’ve also recently modified TruQC specifically to be compliant with the US Navy’s quality assurance protocol—putting iPads in the hands of even more servicemen and women.

3. Since its launch, new features and accessories are strengthening the case that the iPad has its uses beyond the office or classroom. Never designed to be bulky, the iPad mini and the iPad Air are even easier to tote around the job-site. Battery-life has improved significantly on the devices, and new case designs decrease the risk of an accident being fatal to your device.

These are just a few of the reasons we’re convinced Apple’s iPad is the right tool. If you’re still having reservations about the iPad’s place in the industry, click below to download our white paper where we debunk more of the common myths about bringing this powerful tool to the job-site.