Apple haters gonna hate. And there's nothing they love to hate on more than the annual coming-out party for Cupertino's latest gadget, or variation on a gadget as it were. Certainly, there was plenty of this going around on the Web this week: How you make us laugh, Apple … whipping your i-lovers into a frenzy, then announcing slightly cheaper phones of many colors.
If you're a CIO or IT exec, however, you will no doubt be paying mind to the info behind the launch-day hype: the impact of Apple iOS 7. Starting Sept. 18, it will be available to anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch released since 2010. That means all those Apple devices you're already dealing with under your BYOD policy (or lack thereof) and all the new iPhones that are going to arrive at the end of the month, in all the colors of the rainbow. (Gold? Really?) So what now?
This week's lead Searchlight item from Yahoo Dashboard blogger Shane Schick lays out some answers with a look at what Apple iOS 7 means for the enterprise, and it's not insignificant. This go-round, Apple seems to be giving a lot more love to the business. Colors and cameras and new virtual assistants get all the attention because that's what interests the general consumer. But Apple is at last showing, not just telling, that it recognizes the impact consumers have had on the enterprise by adding a batch of business-friendly features that could be helpful to IT administrators. The attention-grabbing fingerprint security feature is neat, but more exciting to the enterprise is the introduction of single sign-on and things like advanced MDM (mobile device management) configuration and automatic app updates. Some analysts have said Apple iOS 7 is merely catching up with advances that are now standard in other mobile devices. If that's the case, IT organizations should be glad -- they've had plenty of time to get familiar with what's about to walk through the door.
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- Those new iPhones sure are purdy, but for IT, it's what's inside the Apple iOS 7 that counts.
- Google is speeding up its plan to encrypt data in transit between servers in response to the latest NSA leaks. Because it cares about your privacy. And maybe its $18 billion global sales in cloud services.
- And in more none of you is safe news, researchers have found that silicon chips previously thought to be tamper-proof aren't. Thanks a lot, researchers.
- For those seeking an in-depth look at just what the hell happened to BlackBerry, here's a long look into the abyss.
- Leadership tips aimed at any exec, but that fit nicely with the need for CIOs and their IT teams to get all up in the business.
- If you think the tech expectations of today's new workers are high, one wonders what might result from a generation raised on tablets.
Let us know what you think about the story; email Karen Goulart, senior features writer.
This was first published in September 2013