iPhone 6: Welcome to the Enterprise
The highly anticipated iPhone 6 along with iOS 8 has been released today, and has brought with it a wealth of exciting new innovations and capabilities for the use of mobile devices in both the consumer and enterprise environments.
However, the hottest device on the market will also naturally bring a number of additional concerns for enterprise IT departments, and those tasked with corporate security policies. Of course, there are also adjustments which will likely be needed for enterprise applications, wireless networks and so on.
As a result, organisations worldwide will rely on IT to be reactive and flexible in order to match the inevitable surge of iPhone 6 devices accessing corporate networks and data, which will occur following the release at 10am PDT on Tuesday 9 September. In many cases, this will require evaluating potential security issues and even training IT staff for dangerous scenarios.
The vastly publicised launch will have been a reference point for preparation across enterprise over the last few months, with the majority of approaches to dealing with the BYOD security risks beginning well in advance of the new product launch, even without all of the specifications and features being fully revealed. This will have likely have included preparing for software updates, encrypting and backing-up sensitive data, and many other precautionary steps. It is also crucial that these precautions remain on-going once the device is made available, with IT adapting to unexpected or surprising enhancements to the technology (which, from Apple, should by now be expected).
The key to strategically handling a flood of these new Apple devices into the workplace will be an adequate MDM solution, which enables IT to keep up with the devices and impose their security policies on employees.
MDM solutions will generally assist IT departments with data retention issues, Wi-Fi access when the device isn't connected to a mobile network and directing the access to, and use of, the approved applications.
Alongside rousing new features such as larger dimensions, a more durable screen and a more capable camera, some of the key advancements which have been made to the smartphone are:
Mobile Payment Capabilities: The iPhone 6, in association with a number of leading companies such as Visa, Master Card and American Express, will use NFC technology to enable mobile payments for users.
mHealth: The new device will sync-up with a number of other Apple hardware and software technologies to offer users comprehensive health monitoring services, providing phyisical activity tracking, as well as fitness support.
iOS 8: The latest upgrade to Apple's operating system has focused on delivering improved security, some fantastic productivity tools and fine-tuned MDM for enterprise users, as showcased at their Worldwide Developer's Conference earlier this year.
Bonus - Battery Life: One major flaw in the iPhones thus far has been the poor battery life, but this will apparently improve with the latest model, allowing users to flick through apps and other aspects of the device for a much longer time period without having to put it on charge. This will be thanks to an A8 processor chip, which means the speed of the device will also improve.
You can also recap Apple's recent alignment with IBM, to learn more about how the technology giant plans to have an impact on Enterprise Mobility moving forward.
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