7 Things We Learned about the iOS 7 for Business

Mar20

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With the new developments in mobile innovations, various sectors are now considering  these technologies in the success of their chosen endeavors. Previously, we published an article discussing the significance of iOS 7 to education, this time we want to focus more on the business perspective. What can the new Apple mobile operating system bring to small and large enterprises? Here are seven things proving that the iOS 7 is optimized for businesses.

Enterprise Security 

ZDNet said  that  the system is considered as a big step towards enterprise security, thanks to the fingerprint scanner. The issue of security has been a strong sticking point for businesses, and Apple has finally given the solution by bundling the OS with the iPhone 5S. As suggested by O2, businessmen can maximize the TouchID to secure important files against public access. It also helps in restricting app purchases, making it difficult for outsiders to access data.

Open In Management 

As Mobile Solutions Senior Director Srinivas Krishnamurti once said, the ability of the Open In Management function of the iOS 7 lies mainly on its preventive data leakage. This becomes possible in the IT department, where they can access and control which of the optimized apps will open certain company profiles and reports. For instance, this restricts your employees to take pictures of confidential documents to post online.

Single Sign On (SSO) 

Accessibility is the key of the Single Sign On (SSO) feature. With this feature, businesses have the ability to access important corporate applications, without the need to login multiple times. What’s worth noting in this feature is that data remains secure, even with the absence of passwords. Take note, however, that this feature only works on trusted networks, as suggested by Mobile Iron.

MDM Strategies 

The new iOS implements a new protocol for Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies, including several commands, configuration options, and queries. This allows your firm’s IT administrators to streamline third-party MDM solutions, set-up managed apps, whitelist Airplay destinations, set up custom fonts, and arrange accessibility options. All of these are done wirelessly, after the feature is activated and synced into a particular MDM solution.

iWork Suite 

Apple aims to bridge the productivity software gap among small enterprises by providing the iWork for free. If you need to do a last minute tweaking on your sales report, you can use the facility for on-the-go work. Also, Wired said that this feature is a good shift in the BYOD (bring your own device) scheme, blurring the line between enterprise owners and regular consumers. However, take note that iWork has its own share of pitfalls, as the facility is confronted with the issue of control mechanisms and the lack of security.

Airdrop 

Airdrop has a potential of offering a different level of business collaboration. Ideally, the IT department can alter the tool, with a certain degree of control as to who and how it’ll be used in the workplace. The tool helps you distribute presentations to nearby Mac users, especially for devices sporting the Lion OS. It’s also a good marketing strategy, allowing enterprise owners to share pictures on Photos app, and send blueprint and proposals to prospective clients.

Per App VPN 

With the Per App VPN tool, employers can now transmit data such as employee details and personal web browsing activity. This feature makes it easier to select which apps must be connected to virtual private network (VPN), and which ones to risk in a normal connection. Ideally, the controls allow data to flow seamlessly on corporate pipes, which is ideal for BYOD employees assigned to remote locations.

Now that we’ve had a roundup of iOS7′s capabilities for business, what wonders do you think can the iOS8 do?

 

About the Author 

Jennifer Birch is a big fan of the tech giant, Apple. She’s been trying to figure out ways to make the most out of the her gadgets and the iOS7 for business is one of her favorite discoveries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Should I wait for the iphone 5s? Or Whatever they’ll call it….

Apr24

Today is April 24th 2013. You might be asking yourself should I wait for the iphone 5s? Or Whatever they’ll call it….

I’ll never forget the day the iPhone 4 saved my life. It was about 14 months ago and I believe the iPhone 4s was out at the time. I was at the bottom of Big Bear Mountain in Big Bear, CA . My gas tank was running low and my car showed that I had approximately 7 miles remaining before I dipped into the reserve tank. Why was I worried? I was worried because we had just started climbing the monstrous Big Bear Mountain hill and we had approximately 25 miles before we would end up in Big Bear. I needed a gas station! I pulled over on the shoulder and located the nearest gas station with google maps and I learned that the nearest station was approximately 14 miles away in Arrowhead. All went well, with drops of gas remaining, I was able to refill my car!

It was this experience that raised the question, is it worth having the newest iPhone? As I write this article today, I have the iPhone 5 and there is a huge difference between the 4/4s and the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is leaps ahead of the previous generations. It seems as if they were holding out several features and decided to release them all in the iPhone 5.

I highly recommend the iPhone 5 for the following reasons:

Processor – The iPhone 5 has a super fast processor. I wouldn’t even entertain the iPhone 4/4s with what’s currently on the market. The question is, should you wait for the new iPhone or go with the 5? The answer is, the processor is fast enough now, I doubt we will see major improvements in the processor speed from the newer iPhone.

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Display - The iPhone 5 has an excellent display. The phone itself is thinner and lighter, the display is longer and crystal clear. You cannot go wrong with the display! I highly recommend the iPhone 5 display over previous models!

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The Weight - The iPhone 5 is super light compared to previous models. The weight of the iPhone 5 is a very noticeable difference from the iPhone 4. I highly recommend the iPhone 5 as the light weight champion.

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The Dimensions & Weight - The iPhone 5 is much thinner and lighter than previous models. It’s nice to have a lighter phone, the previous models feel like bricks to me now that I own the iPhone 5.

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The Network - The iPhone 5 has the LTE network. I currently subscribe to Verizon and I can tell you first hand that the LTE internet connection at times is faster than my hard wired Time Warner Cable. There have been a couple of times where I needed a faster upload speed and I used my iPhone 5 as a hot spot to upload a file faster. It’s unbelievably fast, excellent improvement from the 3G of previous generations. I’m not sure it can get much better with a newer generation iPhone.

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So with all that said, you cannot go wrong with the iPhone 5. If your’e debating waiting for the new iPhone, I would highly recomend checking out Mac Buyers Guide:
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#iPhone

Mac Buyer’s Guide is an excellent resource for figuring out your Apple Device’s release cycle. Currently, the iPhone 5 is rated yellow which means we are approaching red soon. Red simply means a new cycle is due. I would estimate that we are approximately 100-160 days away from the new iPhone. If you are happy with your current phone, I would recommend waiting. If your phone plan is up for an upgrade and you feel could benefit from the major improvements, I would say BUY the iPhone 5 now. It can’t get much better from here….at least for the next couple of years. Time will tell, it always does!

 

Mac Intelligent is a 3rd party Apple Solution located in Los Angeles, CA.
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iTunes U Content Tops One Billion Downloads

Feb28

CUPERTINO, California―February 28, 2013―Apple® today announced that iTunes U® content downloads have topped one billion. iTunes U features the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums and organizations helping educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for iOS users around the world.

“It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “With the incredible content offered on iTunes U, students can learn like never before―there are now iTunes U courses with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them, which is a phenomenal shift in the way we teach and learn.”

More than 1,200 universities and colleges, and 1,200 K-12 schools and districts host over 2,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more. Leading universities including Duke, Yale, Cambridge, MIT and Oxford continue to extend their reach by enrolling more than 100,000 students in single iTunes U courses, with Stanford University and The Open University each surpassing 60 million content downloads. The Ohio State University’s Matthew “Dr. Fus” Stoltzfus’ General Chemistry course enrolled over 100,000 iTunes U students in the first year it was offered.

“The interest my iTunes U course receives from non-college students is overwhelming,” said Professor Stoltzfus. “I’ve been working with high school teachers who use my iTunes U material to prepare to teach their own classes, high school students all over the world who are leveraging the course to tutor their fellow classmates, even retirees who download my iTunes U course to stay intellectually active.”

Over 60 percent of iTunes U app downloads originate from outside the US, giving schools of any size the ability to share their content with a worldwide audience. The unmatched global reach of iTunes U gives educators, like University of California, Irvine Professor Dan Stokols, international recognition and acclaim in their fields.

“Because of iTunes U, I have been able to introduce students and colleagues in China to research on the links between chronic multi-tasking, information overload and stress; discuss research publications and degree programs with students in Europe; and exchange information about the influence of neighborhood design on community levels of physical activity and obesity with students in Australia,” said Professor Stokols, whose Environmental Psychology course enrolls over 170,000 students on iTunes U. “The opportunity to impact so many students who are gaining interest in environmental psychology by taking my free course on iTunes U has been highly rewarding and gratifying for me as an educator and learner.”

“I see success unfolding before me on a daily basis,” says Chrissy Boydstun, a teacher from Mansfield Independent School District in Texas which provides each of their over 10,000 high school students and faculty with an iPad®. “Students are engaged and working hard as they use the incredible amount of information at their fingertips in a way that is meaningful and impactful. I love the way iTunes U provides a roadmap to take students beyond what a typical lesson or lecture could achieve.”

Educators can create iTunes U courses in 30 countries including recent additions: Brazil, South Korea, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. These courses, and other education content, can be accessed via the iTunes U app in 155 countries. In addition to thousands of individual iTunes U learning materials, over 75,000 educational apps are now available for iOS devices on the App Store℠. Additionally, with the free iBooks® Author app on the Mac® App Store, writers and publishers continue to bring ideas and stories to life sharing more than 10,000 original Multi-Touch™ books with the world.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Apple Updates Processors & Prices of MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Feb13

CUPERTINO, California—February 13, 2013—Apple® is making the MacBook Pro® with Retina® display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256GB of flash. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory. Apple today also announced that the 13-inch MacBook Air® with 256GB of flash has a new lower price of $1,399.

The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the world’s highest resolution notebook display. Whether you’re reading emails, writing text, editing home movies in HD or retouching professional photography, everything appears vibrant, detailed and sharp, delivering an unrivaled viewing experience. The MacBook Pro with Retina display features flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, and delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and up to 30 days of standby time.

Pricing & Availability
The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air models are available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Pricing details, technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/macbook-pro and www.apple.com/macbookair.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

iTunes Store Sets New Record with 25 Billion Songs Sold

Feb06

CUPERTINO, California―February 6, 2013―Apple® today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store® (www.itunes.com), the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store. The 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. As the downloader of the 25 billionth song, Phillip will receive a €10,000 iTunes® Gift Card.

“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”

“In a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether you’re unsigned, indie, major, whatever—it’s the place most people go to buy digital music,” said Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers. “iTunes doesn’t exclude any musicians simply because they’re not yet established or popular.”

The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular music store with a catalog of over 26 million songs and over 25 billion songs downloaded, and is available in 119 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to your devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to your iOS devices.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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