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10 iPad Problems, Solved

Don't let iPad annoyances drive you crazy or steal your time. We've chased down solutions to vexing iPad problems.
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I can't print from my iPad! I can't read PDFs! I can't view PowerPoint presentations! Have you uttered any of these phrases yourself--or heard them in the office? Apple iPad annoyances don't just steal user time anymore. They steal IT's time.

A recent study by Forrester Research confirms a trend that was hard to miss during the past two years: People are bringing their personal iPads to work. And the iPad-at-work phenomenon is part of a larger trend, the Apple-ification of the enterprise.

In fact, 21% of information workers worldwide now use one or more Apple products for work, according to Forrester. Macs and iPhones are popular, naturally, but the iPad has found its niche in the business world, particularly among executives.

"Of course, the iPad added to this phenomena, which is visible when you walk down the aisle of long-haul flights in the U.S.--there are lots of iPads, especially in first class," writes Forrester analyst Frank Gillett in a recent blog post.

So corner-office residents, younger workers, and highly-paid staff all love their iPads, the Forrester study shows. But if Apple's slate--and the tablet in general--is to become ubiquitous across multiple industries, enhancements are necessary.

A recent survey of 100 healthcare IT managers by BizTechReports, a research firm, and Panasonic shows that "consumer-grade" tablets like the iPad create new challenges for the health industry, including security issues involving patients' privacy and personal information.

"The results of the survey reveal that consumerization in general--and the launch of the Apple's iPad in particular--has created a conundrum for healthcare CIOs and their IT departments. Pressure to adopt and integrate these technologies is driven by the fact that customer service and end-user satisfaction is an increasingly important metric against which the success or failure of technology organizations are measured," the report states.

The iPad invasion at work brings usability issues that can impact IT departments. For instance, if iPad-toting workers can't open PDFs or Microsoft Office files on their tablets, they may seek assistance from busy IT staffers. Luckily, there are several easy and cheap software applications, including Good.iWare's GoodReader, that enhance the iPad's weak file-viewing capabilities. And another app, SlideShark, allows iPad users to view and show PowerPoint presentations.

Enterprises must prepare for iPads and other tablets, obviously, and the time to do so is now. Here are 10 iPad annoyances that you can easily remedy with some simple--but not always inexpensive--software and hardware enhancements.

Did you know an iPad can grow an arm, so you can use it without holding it? Or that you can charge multiple iPads from one charger? Check out our list of common problems and solutions. We've even cracked the printing problem.

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sam-augur100
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sam-augur100,
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2/27/2012 | 11:57:15 PM
re: 10 iPad Problems, Solved
Where to start. I agree with Majenkins and herman_munster, the people who go to IT for the problems stated above (and others not) is due to people liking the iPad/tablet, but not realizing that it isn't a computer replacement... its just a tablet device with the same OS as the iPhone, just a larger screen and not a phone. :)
Same goes for an Android Tablet. It has everything the Android Smartphone has, except a larger screen. If your phone can't do the same job as what you accomplish on your computer, then don't invest in a tablet device... you'll be stuck with the same limitations.
No tablet is a computer replacement device, unless all you plan to do is surf the net, listen to streaming music, reading on-line news paper/magazines, watching youtube video, taking/organizing pictures, playing games, etc.
So, if you want to do stuff on a Tablet that you did on a PC before... get a computer instead, plain and simple. :)
herman_munster
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herman_munster,
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2/22/2012 | 4:30:10 PM
re: 10 iPad Problems, Solved
I don't see anything presented in this gallery as an iPad problem. What I see here are a list of reasons why you bought the wrong device - although the charging station was really cool.

The one "problem" that I saw here that will cause me to lose a lot of faith in people if it's true is "I want to use my iPad but don't want to hold it". If someone can seriously state such a thing, then they are in desperate need of the sort of help that IT Support cannot provide. I'm sorry but, that's true and it needs to be said. To hang an iPad on a bracket attached to a monitor like that... I just can't see any plausible explanation for that. It makes no sense to me. Why would someone do that?

As for the rest of these problems, those are simply examples of how you bought the wrong device. You should have bought an Android tablet. My Android tablet makes my iPad2 look like a poor joke and accomplishes everything on this list and more. While the iPad is a convenient replacement for magazines and a larger alternative to smartphones, my Android tablet is an alternative to a netbook or laptop and possesses every feature that iPad users desperately want in their tablet.
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tgovender20001,
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2/17/2012 | 8:36:48 AM
re: 10 iPad Problems, Solved
Or wait for a Windows 8 tablet. Then you don't need to buy a $150 device just to print. Or upload presentations into the cloud from PC just to then view on tablet
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2/16/2012 | 8:47:22 PM
re: 10 iPad Problems, Solved
Most of these are either not real problems or the so called solution is just a work around and not a real solution. A couple of cases in point. Poor work arounds: You bought a $500 device that won't print so you buy another device for $150 just so you can print. Uploading a presentation, converting it, and downloading it what a waste.. Non-problems: I can't charge up 10 devices at once. I get tired of holding my device, well set the stupid thing down then, sheesh.
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