What Apple's iOS 7 means for business and enterprise IT
Tim Cook may not have announced every rumored product during the keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (no mention of an iWatch or new iPads and iPhones), but the company did have plenty of things to announce and demo, including new versions of its mobile and desktop OSes - iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. The company also had some key announcements related to its iCloud service.
Taken together, Apple is aggressively pushing major changes that will impact all Apple users. Several of the developments stand to impact how people use Apple devices and services in the workplace and how IT departments and enterprise developers manage and support iPhones and iPads.
The biggest change in iOS 7 is the redesign of the iPhone/iPad user experience, but the new version will also usher in a host of new features, including:
- The Lock Screen - iOS 7 allows users to view and manage notifications directly from the lock screen. A new version of the Notification Center can be accessed from the lock screen (using the same downward swipe from the top of the screen used in the current version of iOS), allowing users to respond to notifications without unlocking their device. The new Control Center that allows for quick toggling of device features and services in iOS 7 can also be accessed from the lock screen with a new upward swipe from the bottom. Whether Apple will allow IT to manage or restrict these features, which could pose a security risk, is unknown at this point.
- Multitasking - Apple has finally decided to offer true multitasking and the ability to run and interact with multiple iOS apps simultaneously. This should allow business and productivity app creators more flexibility in their apps, and it will almost certainly allow users to develop better and more efficient iOS workflows.
With news this week that Google Compute Engine cloud is now generally available, the battle in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market has hit a new level. The biggest question is: Can Google give the kingpin of the public IaaS market, Amazon Web Services (AWS), a run for its money?
KitKat, the latest version (4.4) of Android, has been downloaded to only 1.1% of active Android smartphones and tablets since its debut on Halloween nearly five weeks ago. What's the hold-up?
A new app makes it quick and easy for users to project content from an Android phone or tablet to a wide range of smart TVs and set-top boxes like the Apple TV, Roku devices, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. While still in beta, it offers a lot of flexibility and has the potential to be a presentation Swiss Army knife for mobile professionals.