Apple WWDC: Implications for Enterprise Mobility

Contributor: Robbie Westacott
Posted: 06/05/2014
Apple WWDC: Implications for Enterprise Mobility
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This year's Worldwide Developers Conference has given Apple the chance to flex its muscles with regards to some exciting areas of technology, demonstrating a myriad of new software, which will make iOS users eager to get their hands on the latest updates and begin reaping the benefits.

Alongside the announcements of the much-improved iOS 8 and the OS X Yosemite, were forays into mHealth and the Internet of Everything with the "Health Kit" and "HomeKit"(with Siri integration), advanced suggestive typing capabilities through "QuickType", and a voice-activation method named "Hey Siri".

Whilst the premise of the conference is obviously focused on developers, and the majority of Apple's products are far more relevant to the consumer market, this week has featured a number of ways that enterprises and business users can benefit from the new releases.

"Handoff" is a huge step in the right direction for Enterprise Mobility, as it provides users with multi-device continuity. This concept enables the user to transfer virtually any form of content (emails, messages, calendars, web pages, reminders, etc.) they may be using or working on seamlessly from screen to screen, across iPads, iPhones or Macs. Of course, developers can now build this into their apps as well, which leads nicely to the next point -

"Swift" is the new programming language which Apple have created for developers, which will be a significantly quicker way of programming than many will be familiar with. This speed will revolutionise development for both iOS and OS X, whilst allowing developers to align the code of their existing apps with this new highly efficient language.

The enhanced "iCloud Drive" will grant users complete control of their files in the iCloud. Additionally, "CloudKit" appears to be Apple's answer to a PaaS, a back-end solution based on authentication, databases, and storage services, similar to Microsoft's Azure.

Users will now also be able to federate search terms to produce results from both the web and their local drive simultaneously.

Apple addressed MDM with new capabilities for organisations to remotely name iOS devices, prevent users from adding restrictions when devices are connected to the corporate network, and identify the last time each device was backed-up to the iCloud. To support this, a new management interface will allow IT more insight into devices which are connected to the company network, making remote enrolling of devices to the MDM platform possible. Furthermore, multiple devices will be configurable with a single sign-on function.

Other notable announcements at this year's WWDC included Family Sharing of iTunes accounts for greater financial management and control, "AirDrop" for sharing large files between iOS and Mac, "Instant Hotspot" access, interactive notifications and responses, as well as increased support and security for third parties within the operating systems.

It was evident from the conference that the battle between Apple and Google will continue to rage on, but WWDC will certainly have encouraged Apple users that they are in good hands.

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Contributor: Robbie Westacott