discussion.) The iPad can be used
as a media source for televisions
after the purchase of additional
cables and connectors, and a separately sold kit offers iPad users the
ability to connect cameras or CF
memory cards through the docking port.
As others have noted, the iPad is
best treated as a tool for consum-ing content, rather than creating
it. That’s reflected in the versions
of Apple’s i Work applications that
the iPad can run. Although they
offer some very basic functions, for
anything beyond simple data entry
and formatting, documents have
to be moved to a computer with a
“real” presentation, spreadsheet or
After wiping an iPad remotely, the administrator receives a message verifying that
the wipe is complete.
The iPad can run most applications that were designed for the
iPhone, but it’s not a terribly satisfying experience. The default presentation for these is at the same
resolution as the iPhone, but you
can enable an enlarged view of 2x,
which takes away all the smoothness of the original app’s design.
The only advantage I can see to this
is that a mildly nearsighted person
might find this view preferable
to digging out a pair of reading
Applications that are designed
specifically for the iPad offer users a
much more appealing visual presentation, and, as I noted above, their
numbers will increase over time.
The iPhone Configuration Utility can centrally manage device profiles for iPads, as well
as iPhones, to enforce access controls for device functions and bar explicit content.
As you might expect, the iPad can
be managed in a business environ-
ment using the same tools that
Apple provides for the iPhone. The
free iPhone Configuration Utility
covers both devices, and it can be
installed on machines running
Mac OS X or Windows. Although
the manageability of both devices
is expected to improve with the
forthcoming release of iPhone
OS 4.0, the tools that currently
exist are straightforward and cover
a good deal of IT’s concerns.
With the configuration utility,
you can set up provisioning profiles for cellular carriers, WiFi networks and VPN access. It’s also