Chapter 1

The iPad Is Your New Computer — Much of the Time

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding how the iPad fits into your work

arrow Deciding which iPad model to get

arrow Surveying helpful peripherals for your iPad

The iPad debuted in 2010, and early analysts dubbed it a “media tablet,” tarring the iPad as “merely” an entertainment device for watching movies, reading books, playing games, and surfing the web. Yet from the get-go, Apple delivered world-class productivity applications in the form of its iWork suite, and since then, many developers have created thousands of apps that make the iPad a serious computer for industries of all types.

Still, many people continue to think of the iPad as an entertainment device, not as the new type of computer it truly is. If you’re reading this book, you’re not one of those people. You know that the iPad is a serious business tool — even though, like a PC, it’s great for entertainment, too.

You can do a lot of work on an iPad — with the right apps and accessories. You may use the iPad exclusively as your only computer. More likely, you’ll use it as a supplement to your computer, broadening where and how you can work.

In this chapter, I explain the iPad's ...

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