It's been more than three years, since Apple unveiled the first iPad. Tuesday, the company will make an announcement about the newest versions for several of its products.
Analysts expect the majority of tablet sales for the rest of 2013 to be from "mini" versions, which includes any tablet with a screen that is eight inches or smaller. Right now, Apple holds less than one third of the tablet market share, but executives hope their new versions change that.
The iPad and mobile technology has changed the way many, across the metro, do business. Many hairstylists, like Tracy Klabunde at Avalon Suites, now rely on shears and a tablet to run their independent business. Klabunde told WOWT 6 News she uses her iPad as her cash register and appointment book, which allows her to better serve clients.
She said, "It makes it nicer for the customer, because they can get online and make their own appointments at ten o'clock at night, if they think, 'Oh I need my hair done.' Rather than, 'Oh I'm not gonna text her this late or I'm not gonna call her this late' kind of thing."
The payment system that Klabunde uses, called Square, just launched a new service last week called Square Cash. It allows users to email money from their debit card. The premise is similar to Google Wallet or services already offered by PayPal.
In addition to small businesses, large companies, like OPPD, also rely heavily on technology. The OPPD app, which is free to download, allows users to report power outages.
OPPD spokeswoman Jodi Baker said, "When you think about the lights being out & you don't have access to a lot of things, usually, hopefully you've got your cell phone charged up or your tablet charged up & in that case it can be really helpful."
Baker added that by using the app to report outages, customer service representatives are freed up to work on other, pressing issues. OPPD also utilizes tables in the field for everything from field inspections to tree trimming vendors and streetlight inventories.