Anthony Frausto-Robledo, writing at architosh, "the leading Internet magazine dedicated to Mac & iOS CAD and 3D professionals":
[...] one of the more fascinating tidbits of information coming out of this event for key global customers, users and press, is the news that in Japan the majority of the five largest AEC mega-companies are rapidly standardizing around iOS and iPads for tablets in the architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) industry. This news comes at the expense of Google’s Android. And in Japan, where the AEC industry very much works from the top down, the ascendency of iOS may emerge rapidly. [...]
During the Graebert event the announcements centered on the new ARES Touch for iOS, where Graebert cited its Japanese customer’s demands. Mr. Ebata noted that when company founder Wilfried Graebert came to Japan back in April of 2015 they met with several big construction companies, including Obayashi, Kajima and Taisei, among others, to promote Graebert’s ARES Touch on Android. “But every company we visited,” stated Mr. Ebata, ” said, ‘can your product run on iPad?’.”
Apple has been making a lot of moves into the enterprise lately. After their partnership with IBM was announced last year, Apple products, including the iPad, have seemed better poised to take a larger share in corporate environments. Anthony's post focuses on Japanese firms in the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry. However, it wouldn't be a stretch to see similar scenarios play out in other industries.
One thing is definitely missing from this article: the iPad Pro.
The iPad has come to be a device that's used in multiple ways. For many, it is a consumption device. For others, it is a creative surface. But when it first launched, many (including myself) joked that it was nothing more than a large iPhone or iPod touch.
When the iPad mini launched, its smaller size and weight lead to it being a great consumption device. Want to read in bed? It's so light that you can easily hold it for a longer period of time. Still, it was still an iPad. Did the size really change how the device was used? Not necessarily.
But what about the iPad Pro? This device is essentially the same iPad as before. Yes, the hardware and specs may be different, but it operates just like the iPad mini 4 or the iPad Air 2. So what about it makes it a 'Pro' device? Is the larger size enough of a difference?
Fraser Speirs got to spend some time hands-on with the iPad Pro. Notice some of the comments he said.
Unsurprising, the larger iPad Pro isn't just for those that watch shows and browse Facebook. In fact, I'd argue that those are perfect use cases to justify purchasing a smaller iPad. But the larger iPad Pro, with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories, has the potential to be a great productivity machine. For those times where someone needs a computer to do some heavier work, then by all means use a computer. But for those that do word processing, project management, data entry, or other such jobs, this could be the new work station.
For more complex tasks, like those found in the construction industry, there will continue to be developers providing niche software. And Apple's recent partnership with IBM is leading to more business software coming to the iPad.
If you already counted the iPad out as a productivity device, you may want to take a second look. In a few years, you may be seeing more Apple logos in the office than you do now.