With less than 48 hours until the official launch of the Apple iPad, the App Store is beginning to populate with apps for the new tablet device. The first iPad apps include the requisite entertainment--like the Netflix movie-streaming app, or Need for Speed: Shift--but there are also a fair number of apps targeted specifically at business professionals.
I realize that there are techies out there who bristle every time the iPad is mentioned as any sort of business or productivity tool. To some, anything with a half-eaten fruit logo is -- by default -- not meant for enterprise endeavors. This group will no doubt hold out for a Windows 7 tablet like the HP Slate, or perhaps a tablet based on the upcoming Google Chrome OS.
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Fair enough. However, the initial reviews are in and it seems that the Apple iPad is exceeding the expectations of even skeptical tech media. It may not replace your laptop anytime soon, but the iPad appears to be more than capable of handling the majority of tasks as well or better than the trusty notebook.
If you are a business professional looking to leverage the iPad as a mobile business platform, here are some of the apps you should probably have in your arsenal: