Anticipating the iPad 2: Will You Buy In?

March 4, 2011
Sean Johnson

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you probably already know that the iPad 2 will hit US stores a week from today.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you probably already know that the iPad 2 will hit US stores a week from today. The real question will now become whether or not the improvements made to the new incarnation are enough to entice consumers to upgrade or even purchase their first iPad. With so many competitors producing their own version of the tablet, this could be a big test for Apple.

But Apple is one giant step up on the competition in one particular demographic: health care professionals.

BusinessNewsDaily recently called attention to Apple’s stranglehold in this arena; a recent survey of health care professionals (HCPs) conducted by the health care marketing company Aptilon, found that 79% of the HCPs surveyed “would choose Apple’s iPad for professional use.” Even more impressive, the HCPs preferred iPad to Windows and Android-based competitors at a rate of 4-to1.

Clearly Apple has this vital market cornered, which is why it will be interesting to see how HCPs feel above the newer model. The iPad 2 is reportedly 33% thinner and lighter, which is nice, but that alone won’t be enough to satisfy those who were expecting a lot more in the second version. However, cnet reports that the new version will “use a faster dual-core processor and it has upgraded graphics inside that will supposedly make the graphics nine times faster.” Then again, speed wasn’t really an issue with the first iPad.

In about a week we will know just how much improved the iPad 2 is over the original. It shouldn’t really matter, though, as long as competitors don’t provide too many innovative bells and whistles on their variations. The iPad is still the original and that goes a long way with consumers (so long as the price point doesn't hurt the wallet).

Do you currently use an iPad in your practice? Do you plan on purchasing the iPad 2? What features would you like to see implemented and/or improved in order to make your day-to-day tasks easier? For those who do purchase the iPad 2, let us know what you like/dislike about it and we may feature your input in an upcoming article!

Around the Web

iPad 2 looks even better for docs [Healthcare IT News]

Take One iPad and Call Me in the Morning [BusinessNewsDaily]

U.S. Physicians Prefer iPad for Professional Use [I-Connect007]

Ask Maggie: On iPad 2 vs. the original iPad [cnet]