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.
Ryan Faas is a technology journalist and author who has been writing about Apple, business and enterprise IT topics, and the mobile industry for over a decade. He is author and/or editor of ten technology books. He is the business reporter for Cult of Mac and a prolific freelance writer whose work has been featured on Computerworld, Enterprise Mobile Today, InformIT, Peachpit Press, About.com, and Datamation. In 2008 he was awarded a Neal National Business Journalism award for his work featured in Computerworld's "Week of Leopard" series.
In addition to writing, Ryan has spent a large portion of the past fifteen years in the systems/network engineering and IT management fields as an IT director, systems administrator, trainer, and all round multi-platform and mobile device technology consultant. His client list ranges from human services agencies, small non-profits, and private schools to fortune 500 hundred companies and major media agencies.
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.
Landing in the ER can be a terrifying and confusing experience. Often doctors and nurses seem to speak in a foreign language. Startup personalRN plans to tackle the challenge with a line of customizable tablet apps that help patients understand what's happening and learn how to manage their condition.
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.
Apple's sensor-laden iWatch could face severe hurdles from the regulatory bodies like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration. Even with regulatory approval, Apple may need to convince the healthcare community that there's real, usable data being recorded by the device.
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.