Software Only announces availability of PowerSync Cart for iPad in Australia

Macworld Staff
11 May, 2011
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Portable technology solution delivers the industry’s first 30-device charge and sync system designed for iPad.

Sydney, Australia, February 17 – Software Only today announced that it would begin distribution in Australia of the PowerSync Cart for iPad. This follows the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement between BRETFORD®, Inc, the American manufacturer of the product and Software Only. “Software Only have already been supplying the PowerSync Case for iPod to Apple Australia and specialised Apple Resellers in Australia for some months now” says Matt Petrick, Director of Research and Development for Bretford. “Were very excited to be working with Software Only to supply Bretford products to the Australian Market,” he said.

Primarily designed for use in schools, hospitals and businesses, this new solution from Bretford can charge, sync, store, transport and secure up to 30 iPad devices at once. Bretford spent much of 2010 listening to and learning from all types of organisations that are integrating iPad into their curriculum and operations. The result is the industry’s first 30-device charge and sync system designed specifically for iPad. It is now available to the market exclusively from Apple, Inc. in the United States, Canada and Australia.

The PowerSync Cart for iPad saves a significant amount of time and cost for organisations that are deploying and managing multiple iPad devices. Users can now bring an entire iPad lab – up to 30 devices – to any room in their facility, and keep their content in sync with iTunes. “The patent-pending technology delivers tremendous value to organisations using iPad – optimized charging of iOS devices, simultaneous syncing via iTunes and creative LED features for individual device management,” said Andrew Patton, Director of Software Only. The new PowerSync Cart for iPad arrives fully assembled, with 30 USB dock connector cables in place and dual-display charging status LEDs – ready to sync and charge iPad and other iOS devices right out of the box. The storage compartments can also be customised by adjusting the internal dividers, allowing you to integrate a variety of digital media peripherals such as printers, digital cameras and projectors. “Bretford have designed a product that addresses the needs of schools and businesses alike. The result is a unique blend of design and function that makes iPads and associated technology accessible to an entire school or organisation,” said Patton. “The PowerSync Cart for iPad is a common sense product, and we’re thrilled to be able to make it available to the Australian market.”

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About Software Only

Software Only is s a specialist importer/distributor of software for Macintosh and Windows Computers. The company sources best of breed products, which offer superior performance and ease of use at the best prices and supply to resellers across the country. Software Only is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

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