3 Enterprise Announcements from Apple's WWDC 2015
Unsurprisingly, the media has been dominated this week by news and talking points emanating out of Apple's annual developers conference, which it generally uses as a platform to announce all its latest gadgets and software tweaks.
The conference itself is still very much alive, and will run on long into the afternoon on Friday, but the main focus of the week was always going to be on the opening keynote session which opened the show on Monday.
Following the speculation and predictions which were circulating among technology enthusiasts prior to the presentation, and the mixed reactions to the announcements which followed, we've let the dust settle and decided to examine what Apple has revealed this week which could have an impact on Enterprise Mobility.
As expected, iOS was given a significant share of attention, with a several new updates and additions catching the eye.
For example, an entirely new feature will provide intuitive assistance to users by learning patterns of behavior and providing predictive notifications or services through contextual awareness. Titled Proactive, this will act as an extremely useful tool for business users of Apple, supporting daily routines and prompting the use of specific information in certain situations.
This kind of intelligence, along with some very useful updates to Siri's capabilities, will allow users to receive suggestions which are fully personalised and specific to their individual interests, plans and needs.
For users that are tasked with frequent business travel, the long-awaited improvements to include public transportation routes and certain other contextual extras to its Maps service will also be a big positive.
Additionally, Apple will be introducing a prominent enterprise-related feature to its iOS in the form of two-factor authentication for more secure identification methods, as many feel that the security features within iOS must improve in proportion to the amount of personal information about the user is being accumulated by the devices and apps within.
Perhaps one of the most enterprise-relevant announcements from Apple's WWDC this year was that users will soon be able to work in two apps simultaneously on the iPad, and have separate screens to interact with both alongside each other, dubbed 'SplitView'.
The limitations of the iPad appear to be shrinking as Apple's added capabilities will help their flagship tablet become a more suitable tool for the workplace, delivering features for multi-tasking and consequently increasing productivity. Business users will also be given improved virtual keyboard functionality and text management, further likening the use case of an iPad to a traditional laptop, and edging closer to Apple's search for a balance of personal computing specifications in a suitable mobile device.
Furthermore, the Apple Watch has been another prominent discussion point throughout this week following its section of Monday's keynote. The big news related to Apple's popular wearable device is that developers will now be able to build native mobile apps.
The release of WatchOS 2 will allow apps to use Wi-Fi networks rather than feeding off other devices, and will present opportunities for secure apps with much faster performance and specific use cases, especially appealing in a professional environment. A wealth of new productivity and communication apps could transform the way users prioritise their mobile devices for certain work-related purposes.
However, this revelation will only further accelerate the influx of wearables into the enterprise, and will require IT departments to take more action regarding their BYOD and security policies and how wearable devices will be incorporated.