Barclays have announced that they've purchased 8,500 Apple iPads to be used by its advisers in branches across the UK. The deal is thought to be one of the largest tablet roll-outs in the financial sector.
The tablets were bought from Insight UK and will be used by Barclays employees to enhance interaction with customers. Infact, Barclays will use the "Mortgage Brain" application for the iPad which has been specifically designed to help mortgage advisers.
Barclays conducted a comprehensive review of which tablet to adopt and concluded that the Apple iPad was the best option. This is an encouraging sign for Apple because the business tablet market looks set to really take off in the next couple of years.
Tablets are a natural replacement for laptops in the work place and as time goes on the software will only become better and better. Apple do have some stiff competition however because both Blackberry and Microsoft are strongly focusing on the enterprise sector.
3G are very interested to see how the business tablet market develops in the coming months and to see which company becomes the dominant force. We'll keep our readers updated with all the latest news as and when it happens.