Tablet sales continue to decline – but hope abounds for refreshed Surface and iPad Pros

The global tablet market declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest figures from IDC – but with the release of updated Surface and iPad Pros, there could be light at the end of a very long tunnel.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, found global shipments were at 36.4 million for those three months, with slate tablets still accounting for...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet, UX.

Detachable tablet market sees growth – but traditional slates continue to struggle

Good news and bad news on the tablet front according to IDC’s most recent statistics: while the detachable tablet market has seen an upturn in fortunes, shipments of more traditional slate tablets have declined for the 13th consecutive quarter.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s most recent Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, reveal the worldwide detachable tablet market – iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro, and so forth – grew to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Why iOS 11 is a game changer for enterprise productivity

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the highly anticipated iPhone X, calling it "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone." Apple also released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, each a compelling new entry on their own. The new iPhones join the already robust portfolio of new products released in the last four months: the MacBook, Mac desktop, and iPad Pro. All of these products are enterprise-ready. However, unlike 10 years ago when BYO demand pushed Apple into the...

By MobileIron, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Productivity, Tablet.

Dell unveils new rugged tablet with British Army seal of approval

Dell has announced the launch of a new rugged tablet which aims to help field services workers thrive whatever the conditions.

The rugged device, called the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, offers up to 16 GB of memory – double that of previous iterations – a multi-touch glove capable display, as well as a variety of handles and straps aimed at ease of use and comfort for mobile environments.

Dell has a variety of punishing environments to test these devices – as

By James Bourne, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Apple retains lead in Nordics device market, IDC figures show

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A new piece of research teased out by analyst house IDC provides an interesting look at a microcosm of the device market; the iPad Pro has helped Apple maintain a solid market lead for smart connected devices in the Nordics.

The figures, which class PCs, smartphones, detachable computers and tablets in the overall field of ‘smart connected devices’, saw Apple’s overall market share of 28.8% with 1.58 million shipments in Q116, down from 33% this time last year. Samsung...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Tablet.

Tablet sales are missing expectations – but is this true for the enterprise?

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Mobility is changing the enterprise. But what does this mean aside from the continued rise of the smartphone?

For PCs and tablets, the outlook appears less than rosy. The former is certainly less than surprising – and some may say not before time. A note published yesterday by analyst house Gartner showed global PC shipments declined by almost 10% in the first quarter of 2016, with the overall number mirroring figures from 2007.

In its defence, Lenovo has showed double digit growth in the US...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Tablet.

Significant growth expected in tablet deployments for retail and hospitality

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The retail and hospitality markets in Europe are expected to ramp up their tablet deployments by 2018, according to the latest research by IDC and Panasonic Business.

According to the report, titled ‘Rethinking Retail: The Tablet Revolution’, more than half of research respondents were already using some tablets. Regarding retail and wholesale organisations, adoption is expected to hit 10% of all computing devices by the end of 2015, with that number expected to grow to 15%...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

The iPad Pro and Apple’s enterprise dilemma: Why apps are the key

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With the release of the iPad Pro last week, the big question remains: is it truly enterprise-grade?

Apple, of course, believes it is. Speaking to CIO.com, an ‘unidentified spokesman’ explained how Cupertino wants to “reduce the barriers many business users face in a tablet form factor”, although noting the iPad Pro won’t be a silver bullet for all...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Tablet.

Strategy Analytics: BYOD still dominant, enterprises hesitant on large device deployments

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The latest research note from Strategy Analytics has found that BYOD remains the “dominant” type of device, while tablets will continue to replace laptops and enterprises hesitate on large scale device deployments.

The research found business smartphone shipments reaching 89.3 million in Q2, down 3% from the previous quarter but up 16% from this time last year. Tablet shipments went up 2% from Q1 at 19.6m units, arresting a ‘slump’ from the previous few...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Enterprise tablet adoption just waiting to take off, analyst claims

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In January this year, this correspondent wrote: “If there’s a company at the moment which is changing the face of tablet computing in the enterprise, it’s Microsoft.” Now a report from Strategy Analytics argues the iPad Pro will launch into a surge of enterprise tablet growth – thanks in no small part to the groundwork Microsoft has done with the Surface Pro...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.