Today at its VMworld show in San Francisco, VMware showed off an upcoming product called Horizon Mobile for iOS that will isolate business apps on iPhones and iPads, making it impossible for workers to copy and paste data or screenshots from them into other apps, like email.
The product is an extension of VMware Horizon Mobile, which was announced for Android a year ago. But while the Android version actually installed a hypervisor on the Android device, the iOS version will use Apple technology.
VMware will deliver Horizon Mobile as part of a larger suite that will provide secure access to corporate apps from any type of device. That suite includes management tools as well as Project Octopus, an online collaboration tool similar to Box or Google Apps. VMware told NetworkWorld that the concept is similar to Citrix products like Citrix Receiver, but boasted that VMware has a better track record of integrating its products.
Horizon Mobile for iOS looked useful, but as Ars Technica pointed out, VMware still hasn't delivered the Android version it promised last year, so it's a bit early to be promising an iOS version as well. VMware said the product is only in alpha today, with a release planned for some time next year.
Still, it's an interesting concept. Here's the video from VMware: