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When Apple rolled out the iOS 7 last September 18, the Cupertino camp has debuted a string of new features that are optimised for the business sector. Information Week noted that the new operating systems poised to replace BlackBerry as the legitimate enterprise mobile platform, with its application management and device control that are essential in productivity and company solutions. The release was lauded by technology pundits, as the company listened to business contingents to make the iPhones and iPads more than just consumer gadgets.
How will the iOS 7 reshape the enterprise?
While the most obvious changes in the new iOS are cosmetic, several features make the new iPhones more secure than before. Along with the new iOS comes a device that takes phone lock security to the next level – the Touch ID. As stated on the page of iPhone 5S on O2, the Touch ID (embedded on the Home button) is a fingerprint sensor which keeps important transaction documents and auditing reports away from public access. The technology only recognizes the fingerprint of the owner, making them the only person to unlock the device as well as purchase any app.
The iBeacons is a location-based technology on the Core Locations network, aimed to alert users of the presence of nearby iDevices. This feature alerts a businessman of a nearby customer, or a potential client showing interest to your service. The feature taps into the location services available on iOS 7’s new GPS and mapping system. So far, application are the ones fully maximizing this setting.
Remote App Configuration
Through the Mobile Device Management (MDM) feature, Apple was able to integrate more capabilities when it comes to imposing application control among workers. Through the app configuration functionality, employees are restricted to install unauthorized apps, especially the ones that will tamper the productivity in the workplace. Take note that this is done wirelessly, after an MDM solution has been chosen and synced.
Web Content Filtering
The new administrator controls come with web content filtering, which allows IT professionals to sort URL access across the device. With the help of third-party software such as Mobile Iron, you are now able to apply a set of blacklist and whitelist policies when browsing through Safari. When running a single app, the iDevice limits the employees’ exposure to confidential company credentials.
Volume Purchase Program
With the new iOS, Apple said that they will improve the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), which makes it easier to locate and distribute facilities to meet the corporate standards. Specifically, this provides a greater flexibility and control to the IT department on how they use the license they purchase for apps. Also, the improvements on VPP allow an enterprise to recycle licenses among employees. Whether the device is owned by the employee or not, the license can easily be transferred when the employee leaves the company or stops using the app.
AirDrop and iWork
The integration of iWork and AirDrop will enhance mobile productivity among corporate operations. Through AirDrop, business professionals are able to distribute presentations and company reports among Mac users. It’s also a good marketing strategy, as you can share promotional photos and videos to prospective clients.
Meanwhile, the iWork suite comes with the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. It’s perfect for BYOD employees, especially the ones working from home or in remote areas.
As the weeks unfold for corporate companies using Apple’s services, it’s quite intriguing to measure the level of productivity that the iOS 7 will induce. For sure, it will increase the iDevice users in the board room.
Which of the iOS 7’s business-oriented features is the most effective?
About the Author
Searching for the latest Apple news is a recreational routine of Jennifer Birch. As mobile technology correspondent from TechieDoodlers, she’s always in the groove to make her iPhone 5S more relevant and collaborative. If you share the same interest, you can buzz her on Twitter.