iPad at Work: British Parliament Rolling Out iPads to MPs

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iPad in Commons Speech

The British Parliament is starting a rapid rollout to provide 650 members of parliament with iPads.

As The Next Web reports, the iPads will replace members’ laptops, at a cost of around $420,000 to UK taxpayers.

Apple’s iPad has been allowed in the House of Commons for over a year, helping politicians work on the move and reduce the amount of waste from printing. In March 2011, Labour MP Kerry McCarthy made the first speech from an iPad in the Commons, following the announcement of a tablet trial earlier in the year.

As rowdy as the debates get in Parliament, I imagine there will be a lot of dented iPads once this rollout is complete and the iPads have been with members through a few sessions.


Patrick Jordan

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