3 ways Apple’s new iOS 7 will force enterprises to change

“Any day now, Apple will launch iOS 7. The release of Apple’s newest mobile operating system will be the most important event for the iPhone since it was first announced in 2007. iOS 7 includes an astounding 1,500 new APIs, a completely renovated user interface and a host of true enterprise features,” Nolan Wright writes for ReadWrite (right! – MDN Ed.). “The scope and magnitude of iOS 7 will bring about some major changes to how enterprises, brands, IT gurus and developers go about their day-to-day jobs. iOS 7 is bound to shake up several different aspects of the mobile development industry. Here are three areas overlooked by many people awaiting the release of iOS 7 and the consequences it will have.”

Disrupting The Mobile Device Management Market: The strategy embedded in iOS 7—it’s the apps and data in those apps that need to be controlled, not the entire device—is one MDM vendors have been waking up to. See: mobile application management (MAM). The question is whether these vendors want to compete against embedded, native capabilities (perhaps on the argument that not every operating system will offer equivalent protections), or turn to less trampled pastures.

Hopes For HTML 5 As A Mobile Cure-all: Mobile Web apps (and their hybrid cousins) remain cut off from all but a fraction of the capabilities available to native apps. As iOS 7’s 1,500 new APIs show, the gap will only grow. However well meaning the standards bodies that control the Web are, there’s very little chance they can match the pace of innovation even of a mobile laggard like Microsoft, never mind a pacesetter like Apple.

Enterprise Strategies For Software Delivery: After iOS 7, virtually every enterprise will refactor their software life cycle for mobile.

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7 Comments

  1. For all the millions of apps in the App Store I basically use about 4 on a daily basis: mail, safari, messages and camera. Actually, I have one newspaper app, and I also have a check movie times app. Yes, there are about 50 more apps on my phone, but I hardly ever use them.

    So will these 1500 new API’s help someone create something useful to me? Hopefully. Until then I’ll enjoy the new eye-candy.

    1. Yeesh, you sound like an Android user, barely using the phone.

      I was curious, so I counted: There are…
      6 applications I use every day
      Another 12 that get used multiple times a week
      And another 12 that get opened up at least once a month, most more often.

      I couldn’t imagine living without my apps these days. If you truly can’t find something useful to you, then you may just be the type that doesn’t really get the whole “smartphone” concept.

      ——RM

  2. I can better describe this tsunami by the amount of time I spend on iPhone and iPad vs MacBook Pro: the ratio on average is about 20 to 30 hours on mobile vs 1 hour on the laptop. Sometimes I can go days or weeks without opening my laptop.

    And it’s because of the apps coupled with the UI.

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