Technology distributor Ingram Micro is seeing increasing interest in the iPad tablet as a business tool, opening up a larger potential market for the device, reports “Reuters” (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN2826968820101028?rpc=44).
Greg Spierkel, chief executive of Ingram Micro, said Apple has preferred to sell the iPad to retailers but that the company is increasingly letting his firm sell it to businesses. One significant use of tablets by businesses is by sales representatives in the field, he said.
Apple reported this month that it sold 4.19 million iPads in the quarter just ended, which was lower than expected due to supply and production bottlenecks. Spierkel said that in the business environment, Ingram Micro customers are continuing to refresh personal computers and related systems, leading to double digit growth there, according to “Reuters.”