If you thought that hot Apple products like the iPhone 5 and the iPad are simply topping holiday wish lists, think bigger. According to a report in The Register, Barclays will be purchasing 8,500 iPads to be given to its front-end bank branch staff. As Barclays is one of the world's largest banks, ZDNet commented that this major purchase can be viewed as a signal to other corporations that iPads and iPhones are not consumer-only devices.
The iPads will be bought “to assist our branch colleagues to interact with customers, improving the customer experience,” a spokesperson for Barclays said. “We investigated a number of different tablet options and in this instance, we concluded that iPads were the best solution for their specific needs.”
ZDNet further revealed that by taking a quick look at the numbers, it determined that 8,500 iPads at $770 each for the 9.7-inch version with 32GB could cost Barclays roughly $6.52 million. This number doesn't include additional costs associated with rolling out the new tablets.
The source maintained that this purchase sets a trend for other corporations, particularly banks, as it is essentially a large vote of confidence in the security of the Apple platform.
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