Apple's new CarPlay initiative promises access to a handful of Apple and third-party apps through a car's in-dash infotainment system, but Apple promises that support for even more apps is on the way. That means developers have a new iOS ecosystem to tap, but one that is going to pose some significant questions and challenges.
Apple's enterprise-zation of the App Store with options like traditional software licensing and new ability to make bulk app purchases by purchase order may seem like minor changes, but they will be major competitive advantages over Android going forward.
Apple's Device Enrollment Program is a major advance for iOS devices in enterprise and education. It gives IT the ability to thoroughly configure, deploy, and manage devices without needing to ever see or handle them. Here's all the details on why this is Apple's biggest play for the enterprise market to date.
With a ton of new technical details and guidance about iOS for enterprise and education IT departments, a new "zero-touch" mass deployment program, and changes to app purchase/licensing, Apple is saying loud and clear that it understands the needs and questions of IT professionals -- and that it will work to answer them while working more closely with IT.
Apple is beginning to exercise its control of the iBeacon brand by offering to certify Bluetooth beacons that meet its specifications. There are two potential advantages for the company -- it could control or guide the development of beacon technology, and it can strongly associate that technology with its own brand and products.
Apple has set it sites on transform the way you drive during your daily commute, vacation, or business trip. Although iOS in the Car is a nascent technology, it offers massive potential for families, business users, and developers.
Apple has done a tremendous job making the iPhone and iPad enterprise-friendly. Despite the many enterprise enhancements in iOS 7, there are still areas for improvement that could further integrate iOS devices into enterprise infrastructure and workflows.
Microsoft continues to add multi-platform mobile management capabilities to System Center and Intune including support for iOS 7 management features. While the company has yet to catch up with dedicated EMM vendors, the fact that these features are extensions of tools that many IT professionals already use every day could give Microsoft a leg up as the company further develops its strategy in this space.
In the midst of detailing revenue and iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales for the 2013 holiday, Apple executives repeatedly pointed to the strong position of iOS in business and enterprise environments. In doing so, they pointed to the company's continued innovation and legwork to develop iOS as a major player in enterprise mobility.