TALKING POINT | A certain date slipped by last week without any recognition, let alone fanfare.
April 3 marked four years since the Apple iPad made its debut, and it’s difficult to imagine any piece of technology in recent years that’s had a greater impact on the business travel brigade.
Tablets were far from a new concept in 2010, of course.
Microsoft had tried at least twice to seriously crack what it called the ‘Tablet PC’ market in the decade prior to the iPad. As a technology journalist in those days I was witness to every failed attempt. And that’s not counting abandoned ideas like the promising but ill-fated Courier project.
While Microsoft circled its wagons and came up with its own Surface tablet line, Google swooped in to fill the gap with tablets running its made-for-mobile Android operating system.
But none of that would have happened until Apple reignited the tablet revolution with the iPad.
Today we’re used to seeing tablets – especially iPads – in every airport lounge, in every airplane cabin, in hotel lobbies and cafes.
In reflecting on the fourth anniversary of the iPad, we’re asking AusBT readers how tablets have changed their travel habits. What tablet do you use – and has it replaced the laptop as your travel tech of choice, or do you jet about with both?
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