What Insurers Need to Know About the Next Generation of Tablets

If, as Tom Petty sang, “The waiting is the hardest part,” then these are indeed tantalizing times for insurance IT execs and others charged with evaluating tablet device options for their workforces -- and, from an apps perspective, for their customers. In recent weeks, Google, Microsoft and Amazon all have revealed plans for new or updated tablets intended to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPad. Reports that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad suggest that determining enterprise tablet strategies will be an increasing complex endeavor. Here are some insights and opinions that could help insurers figure out where to place their bets in the tablet wars.
July 13, 2012

1. Time for Apple to Go Small …

Up until this point, Apple simply wasn't under pressure to produce a lower-margin but higher-volume mini tablet. … Now that Google is getting serious and fielded a $199 seven-inch full-fledged Android tablet that's actually good, Apple can't afford to allow this market to remain unchallenged.

—George Ou, a columnist for BYTE (a UBM TechWeb property), on reports that a miniature 7.85-inch iPad was going to manufacturing.

Source: BYTE

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