Several days ago an article wormed its way in to the “What’s Hot” feed of Google+ claiming how the iPad is bringing down the desktop computer with a new deal that Apple has made with IBM. While I won’t mention who this individual is, he has certainly figured out a way to promote a video with less than 400 views into the Google “What’s Hot” feed. Now while I’m usually the one telling people not to feed trolls, I couldn’t help myself in this case as this guy deserves the amount of crow he’s about to be given. Below I list the 5 reasons why you’ll never see an iPad at a business workstation.
iPads don’t. Now as you all should know, this isn’t my full time gig. In the real world I am a healthcare worker. I see and deal with patients on a daily basis. Where I work their are dozens of workstations spread throughout the building to help deal with the thousands of patients we see. The networking system in place is massive. Part of my job is accessing EMR (electronic medical records) and health insurance information. For me to do this I need to be able to switch seamlessly between an online health insurance information network and your EMR data. At the very minimum I need 2 windows open simultaneously.
Now suppose the iPad had access to the same EMR software that we use on the desktop and had no problems loading the health insurance information I need. Could you imagine switching back and forth through iOS’s multitasking window versus a simple click of the mouse on a desktop PC? My work station runs dual monitors. One dedicated to my ever changing patient schedule and EMR information, the other dedicated to retrieving health insurance information as well as other pertinent patient information through another open EMR window. This setup is ridiculously efficient and blows away anything that the iPad could offer.
2) Form Factor
During the summer I sit at a desk for about 6 hours. The monitors are at perfect eye level. The keyboard is right where I want it. Needless to say, it’s as comfortable as you can get with a desk job. Now I own an LG G Pad and I’ve owned 10″ tablets in the past and let me tell you, I could not hold a tablet in the air for more than an hour, let alone six. But what about stands and bluetooth keyboards? First off, the best BT Keyboard case is never gonna replace the comfort of using a desktop. At best you’re slouching over a desk and typing on a much smaller screen. Can iOS stretch to two separate iPads? No. Can I drag one app that I’m running to the another iPad? No. Can I use a f@#king mouse!? NO. Even Android tablets have mouse support.
So even if I setup multiple iPads to make up for my lack dual monitors, screen size and mouse support, I’d still be limited to using just one at a time, so whats the point?
Believe it or not I use an iPad at work. Our supply vender for DME (durable medical equipment) uses an iPad app for inventory management. We use an iPad to update our inventory list to our supplier every time we dispense an item. This simple task eats 60% of the battery by the end of the day. Now imagine using an iPad continuously, the screen never turning off and constantly inputting data. How long do you think the battery would last? A couple of hours, at best? Why not just keep it on the charger? Whats the point of buying a mobile device if it’s going to be locked into place!?
4) Theft, Damage and Privacy
You know what you can’t do with a desktop? Walk out with it in the middle of the day. You can’t drop it either. Imagine all the money that would have to be used to replace an iPad if it’s stolen. And once it’s stolen, you would have to make sure that this particular iPad no longer has access to patient files. There’s a little law called HIPPA, and it basically states that patient information needs to be private at all times. That’s gonna be tricky considering how often iPads are stolen in this country.
5) It’s Plain Ridiculous
Could you imagine walking into a hospital or any major business and their primary computer is an iPad? Could you imagine everyone squinting at a 9.7″ display as opposed to 15+” monitor? My brother deals with companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, do you think they make their designs with iOS?
It’s obvious, iOS isn’t meant for these kinds of tasks and that’s fine. It’s not a full fledged operating system like OSX or Windows. It’s not meant to do the heavy lifting that the real world demands of computing. Are desktops dying in the household? Yes. The consumer has realized they don’t need a powerful machine to read emails and watch cat videos. Tablets are perfect for that stuff and that’s what they are for. Does iOS have some amazing apps? Sure it does. No one is denying that it is a very capable piece of hardware, but I’m not gonna trade in my desktop for it. It’s just too, limited.