I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that somebody somewhere records what is happening in the world. The bad news is that it doesn't matter because nobody keeps track of it.
It opens the door to revisionist history. Of course, the story is written by the victories of war, but in the information wars, the only winners are those who write history to reflect what they believe. Here's an example:
Quick. Can you name the most used smartphone in US business? Come on. Guess. You can do it. I help you three choices.
We can say that the iPhone led to BYOD. Bring your own device. Most IT groups in the company support BYOD. Jony Evans doesn't think the same way:
It was the iPad that put Apple in the business
No it wasn't. It's just wrong. Then the iPad became a hit among the masses – with about three times the user base when Mac – iPhone crashed the corporate party.
Apple's iPhone is pervasive in the business, but it's important to note how iPad helped reinforce Apple's workplace presence.
It's not a real sentence. Have technology errors on the web editors? Or at least a grammar checker? They are furious these days (among real authors).
Apple's iPhone has become pervasive in the business, but it's important to note that what really turned the company's business computing assets was not the smartphone, but its bigger brother – the iPad.
Pure conjecture or revisionist history. There is no data or information or trend anywhere on earth that supports that claim. It gives a nice and somewhat nostalgic performance, but it is not a reflection of reality. When iPad became a product of good faith – business or home or school – iPhone already brought the charge into IT groups in the business.
iPads were excellent machines for many tasks and useful for media consumption and games when traveling. They also benefited from the immense success of the iPhone and the growing noise around the creation of mobile apps.
Wait a minute. The iPhone was already a huge success? Yes.
The iPad sales picked up for a few years and became Apple's fastest growing product ever (including the iPhone; which wasn't a giant seller in the early years), but things slowed down at a pace because, 1) Apple didn't bother to upgrade the form factor, and, 2) Apple's iPhone was already the girlfriend of the company, and 3) because big-screen smartphones are the new tablets.
iPads so increasing use in enterprise IT for the following few years. Apple continued to innovate its mobile devices, and business users soon discovered that the increasingly powerful apps they had made that ran well on the iPad also ran well on iPhones.
Increased usage does not mean that iPad moved the corporate revolution to Apple's advantage. There is no mathematics that supports that claim. Apart from the fact that iPhones in your business sold out every other smartphone in just a few years.
iPad opened doors that accelerated the use of iOS devices in IT.
Yes. But thanks to the iPhone, not to the iPad itself. The Apostle Paul did more to promote Christianity over the Middle East than Jesus himself, but without the original – Jesus was only Saul of Tarsus.
The original barbarian at the corporate gateway was the iPhone, not the iPad.