Small business use of the iPad exploded last year, quadrupling during 2011 according to a new study. In just one year, iPad usage jumped from 9 percent to 34 percent in small business markets, making it not only the fastest growing tablet in the small business world, but also the fastest growing technology throughout the entire industry.

According to The Business Journals research:

[quote]The study found that iPad users in the small business community are tech-savvy and financially successful. They also are highly educated, with 72 percent having a college education. The segment’s annual household incomes averaged $176,000. Their companies are also well-established, having existed for an average of 28 years and averaging $9.2M in annual sales.[/quote]

The study also found that small business owners are relying more and more on technology that’s accessible, and provides information anytime and anywhere. The PC as we know it may not be going anywhere in the near future, but it’s starting to sound like tablets, and more specifically the iPad, is changing the way we do business on a daily basis. The MacBook Air is just as portable as the iPad, and yet small business owners are still flocking to the iPad over the laptop alternative. That’s a pretty large tell about where we’re heading in the future.

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