updated 11:50 am EDT, Wed August 4, 2010
iPad already in use with British Army
Apple products are gaining special favor in Europe, reports say. In the UK, the BBC is currently said to be running limited internal trials of the iPad, in order to judge whether it might improve work efficiency while eliminating paper waste. The broadcaster's production, location and technical departments have been given units, as have some managers. The organization hopes that some people may be able to abandon dependence on desktop computers.
The British Army is already noted to be using the iPad for artillery training. "A lot of our training is directed at young soldiers who don't respond well to the traditional PowerPoint lecture," claims Major Richard Gill, in the Army's training development branch. "Our solutions are developed very much with the iPod generation in mind."
The European Commission has meanwhile officially rejected BlackBerries for its workers in favor of the iPhone, and smartphones made by HTC, Reuters says. The company in fact judged devices against various criteria, including security and financial impact, in switching to a new technology platform in 2008. About 2,500 people were impacted, having formerly used PDAs made by the now HTC-owned Qtek. The health of BlackBerry sales have been threatened in recent days by the governments of India, Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia, which have complained about not having access to the content of communications for eavesdropping.