Cisco announces plans to plug Apple iPhone and iPad into the enterprise on massive scale

“I came to Cisco to create incredible technology experiences for millions of enterprise workers,” Rowan Trollope blogs for Cisco. “That’s why I’m so thrilled to be the executive sponsor of our partnership with Apple; together, our two companies are capable of ‘incredible’ on a pretty massive scale.”

Since our announcement in August, engineers, user experience and design teams from Cisco and Apple have been working side by side and testing together to make sure you have a truly delightful experience with your iPhone and iPad on your company’s Cisco assets. And today, as Apple introduces iOS 10, we’ve reached a major milestone.

When we announced the Apple partnership last August, we promised to change the way people work by:
– optimizing networks to deliver improved performance for iPhone and iPad.
– creating an even better experience for Cisco voice communication on the iPhone.
– reinventing teamwork and meetings with Cisco collaboration tools.

Here’s how we’ve done that by integrating into new capabilities and APIs that Apple has built into iOS 10:

We’ve optimized how iPhone and iPad communicate with a Cisco wireless network. When you’re at work and on the go, your iPhone or iPad will simply “know” what’s the best available wireless access point for you—and will select it by default. This makes performance of all your apps, especially real-time apps like voice and video, much more reliable, particularly when you are on the move.

We’ve created a “fast lane” for business critical apps. No longer will you have to ask your coworker to lay off the cat videos while you’re on a Cisco WebEx or Spark Call on your iOS device; your IT department can now effortlessly prioritize the apps most critical to your business, helping you get the job done from your mobile device.

We’re making Cisco Spark on iPhone a seamless experience. Cisco Spark is our platform for the future of work, and now it is completely optimized for your iPhone and iPad. With Cisco Spark app installed on iOS 10 you’ll be able to tap a contact in your address book and instantly make a VoIP call without having to launch a third-party app. The integration doesn’t stop there, you’ll also enjoy other native iOS calling features with Cisco Spark—calls will now ring on the lock screen, just like a regular call, users will have access to mute and call waiting. Even more conveniently you can now ask Siri to use Cisco Spark to call contacts in your People app.

We’re so excited to get these features into your hands. You can find out more about the network enhancements and the collaboration improvements at

MacDailyNews Take: After years of being oppressed under the thumb of Microsoft and their obtuse IT Doofus accomplices, enterprise workers who’ve escaped to the fruitful land of Apple iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac, must feel like they’re in heaven!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. Since the IT doofus corps still controls the desktop I can see a future where the only people still using Windows crap are those pions stuck at their desks on their Dell machines.

    1. Yeah, eventually businesses will either switch to Macs or Linux machines. I would say that they’d all switch to Macs, but a lot of them won’t due to the hardware cost and they’re looking at the short-term cost instead of the long-term cost. So, a lot of businesses might just move to Linux. Besides, the only problem with getting more people, and especially businesses, using Macs is that the user base will grow and the amount of malware will increase accordingly. That’s why Windows has always had a ton of malware; it was the dominant platform with the most users, and hackers will target the platform with the most users so they they attack as many computers as possible. Even from a business standpoint, it’s a bad idea to have everyone using Macs because then Apple would be a monopoly and it would have no reason to innovate at all. As it is, Apple has gotten worse as its marketshare increased. If it gets as big as Microsoft was, it will stop caring about the users altogether. That’s why Microsoft is terrible; it doesn’t have to care about the user experience because it’s always been rather close to a a monopoly – they didn’t see the point in making a better product and having better support because they were already practically a monopoly and they didn’t have to woo customers over to their side. Apple on the other hand, always had to work hard to get new customers because it was the underdog- Mac users were always a minority. But then Apple started selling more Macs and iDevices and got to the point where its need to attract new customers had greatly diminished. Companies need fierce competition to force them to innovate and actually treat customers fairly.

  2. “After years of being oppressed under the thumb of Microsoft and their obtuse IT Doofus accomplices,”

    Were the IT ‘doofus’ accomplices deliberately anti-Mac, or were they limited by the lack of tools required to make Mac work seamlessly on their networks?

    I think the revelation that Cisco had to modify their network products (the ones IT defuses rely on (in order for Apple products to operate at the same level as Microsoft products) shifts the blame away from the MCSE types.

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