We’ve seen more and more restaurants and establishments use the iPad as a key part of their business, however this could potentially be the biggest one yet. A McDonald’s franchise in Virginia is trialling table mounted iPads, so customers can browse the web and check the news while they hunker down with their Big Macs, The Virginia Pilot reports (via CNET).
Hugh Fard, owner of the franchise:
It’s a great idea to stay relevant, especially to a new generation. People like to multitask, so why not provide that element for them?
McDonalds has stated that for now they will not be adding iPads in other locations: instead, they will wait and see how Fard’s plan goes before doing anything, however you get the feeling it could be quite popular.
Fard leases the iPads from a French vendor, which also maintains them and will replace them if greasy or stolen.
Customers have already reported the things they’ve been doing while devouring a burger, including using Facebook. However YouTube is banned, as strangely enough, Fard believes that some of the content is pornographic.
If it is roiled out further, it will definitely take time to get all the iPads up and running in many franchises, so don’t expect much soon. This is just a potential taster for what might come in the future.