New Apple iOS 8, OS X Yosemite features aim to boost enterprise sales

“Apple dominates the consumer market, but when it comes to corporate sales, the tech titan has room to grow,” Salvador Rodriguez reports for The Los Angeles Times. “Nine out of 10 U.S. companies use Apple products. But of those firms, 40% say they use fewer than 100 devices built by the Cupertino, Calif., tech company, according to a recent survey by JAMF Software, which sells software to help businesses manage Apple gadgets.”

“Apple recently introduced new enterprise-centric features as part of its upcoming iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite operating system releases this fall, hoping to boost corporate market share,” Rodriguez reports. “In iOS 8, users will be able to not only lock their devices with passcodes but specific apps too, giving enterprises another layer of security for their data.”

“Apple also announced that iOS 8 will support Wi-Fi calling. This feature will enable the iPhone to use Wi-Fi networks to make calls, meaning that users who work in areas with poor reception or those who travel abroad can simply connect to a Wi-Fi network and use it to make a call,” Rodriguez reports. “IT professionals will be able to push specific e-books and PDFs to their employees’ devices, decide which apps are used to open specific kinds of files, place locks that prevent employees from erasing their devices and check when a gadget was last backed up.”

Read more in the full article here.

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8 Comments

  1. I still think iOS is crippled. I need to be able to mount the devices as a USB thumb drive would and have read/write access to voicemail, photos, movies, memos, contacts, documents, etc. Be a hundred times easier telling students to plugin an copy the documents over that way I think.

    1. It’s called ” a computer”.
      Ps. Do you ever wish you could call a cell phone on your computer? I think it just looks funny holding it up to your ear.

      Lol.

      1. Try working in a place that limits your cell phones to those without a camera. Then you’ll think that being able to make a (personal) cell phone call on your computer isn’t such a bad idea at all.

        Currently, I have to forward calls to a burner phone. Which winds up costing me about $0.30/minute. I could get the cameras disabled on my iPhone, but that destroys the resale value and, although I rarely use my iPhone camera (have a good DSLR), I use it often enough in emergencies that I couldn’t live with it being disconnected.

        Don’t know if Apple’s solution will work for me (until it’s available), but this is certainly a test case where making calls from a computer would be helpful.

        P.S. Ever hear of a headset?

    2. As I read your post, I had flashbacks of the crappy “smart” phones that came before the iPhone. There was no choice but to physically connect them. iOS is not crippled at all. You’re just not thinking creatively. As for accessing voicemail, photos, movies, memos, and documents, there is software for the Mac that allows access to these. There are several WebDAV solutions that can allow an iOS device to connect to a server to copy over documents.

  2. After almost every story about Apple the first post is strongly critical of Apple. It is almost as if someone was paying people to troll the net looking for Apple stories and quickly posting critical comments.

  3. To have a significant corporate market share Apple will need hardware that suits the corporate customer’s needs. That is unlikely to happen to any time soon. Apple could have purchased a certain company a long time ago and effectively turned it into the Apple Business unit with appropriate cross licensing agreements, but has chosen not to do so and so will never have a significant corporate presence. The company leaders simply don’t want to make a move in that direction. Too bad.

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