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What the iPad Pro needs to compete in the enterprise

Sarah K. White | Sept. 9, 2015
Apple is feeling the heat as Windows and Android tablets and hybrid devices start to take enterprise market share. But will the iPad Pro be the tablet of business user's dreams? Maybe, but it only if it includes a few important features.

Storage beyond 16GB

The iPad Pro is rumored to ship with 64GB of memory, instead of the 16GB base model that Apple usually releases. This is great news, because the device will most likely lack a microSD card for expandable storage. Most business users will want at least 64GB to store apps and documents, and some might even want to scale up to 128GB. It makes sense that Apple would aim for more storage, considering the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with at least 64GB of onboard storage, with the option to expand storage with a microSD card.

More customization, but don't hold your breath

If Apple is looking to compete in the business space, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will still have an edge over the iPad Pro when it comes to customization. Surface Pro 3 users have the option to choose between a number of configurations with an Intel i3, i5 or i7 processor as well as 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The iPad Pro is expected to ship with Apple's A9X chip, according to 9 to 5 Mac, with 2GB of RAM. While that isn't anything to scoff at, performance-wise, it still leaves out configuration as an option if businesses compare the two competing devices.

It will be interesting to see if Apple decides to offer more of the features found on its competition's tablets. But, there's also the chance that Apple will unveil the iPhone 6S and some screenshots of iOS 9, and leave iPad fans waiting.


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