This could open up a new playing field for the iPad, already one of the most dominant products in the electronic industry. Apple has already sold hundreds of millions of iPads worldwide and the current movement to enterprise tablets seems to be all about iPad.
The iPad 5 has hardly any major aesthetic changes, if the latest rumors are correct. The iPad 5 will be thinner and lighter and add the same design as the iPad Mini, but Apple will not include a kickstand or keyboard to go against the rising Windows 8 hybrid tablets.
Apple’s move into the enterprise industry would not be their first, the Mac Pro is a major enterprise product for servers and Apple has always had grasping roots in the professional/business arena, but this would be the big mobile push.
When the iPad was originally announced in 2011 by Steve Jobs, it was hit with a lot of negative feedback, with people belittling the tablet as something of a larger smartphone, pointless to the normal user and not capable of being a powerful enterprise product.
Almost three years later, the iPad has flourished and the iPad 5 looks to continue this push into the mainstream consumer market, alongside the also lucrative enterprise market. We wonder what Apple will do to make an appeal to enterprise level users, could they add extra encryption and security or possibly, in a mad world, Mavericks OS on an iPad.