With the prospect of the new operating system, iOS7, the internet is buzzing with the features that will change the face of smartphones. There is an avalanche of smartphones to choose from in a highly completive market. Also, the market has witnessed an unprecedented growth in iOS Application Development. With JonyIve now in charge of iOS (and all software) development, analysts are anticipating that iOS 7 could be very different. Apple has announced that it the most important innovation since the original iphone. It is speculated that iOS 7 will deliver features that offer “more advanced ways to deploy devices and deliver a great user experience.” Apple is launching the iOS 7 later this year, focusing on business users.It’s not only the back-end mobile management features that count but also, the functionality to the end-users. With the release date of iOS7 closing in, Apple is promoting a set of new features that have been designed with business users in mind. With a beautiful design and powerful features, iOS 7 is the most significant update since the original iPhone. For business, iOS 7 offers more advanced ways to deploy devices and deliver a great user experience.
The technology giant has incorporated a range of user experience enhancements as they continue to compete with rival platforms such as Samsung and Sony.
Some of these features useful for business managers are:
New mobile device management (MDM) configuration: A new MDM protocol is included with iOS 7 in order to streamline third-party MDM solutions. Corporate-owned devices can be automatically enrolled in an MDM solution during activation, automating much of the custom commands, fonts and wirelessly set-up managed apps. This will be extremely helpful for IT administrators as they can skip basic setup steps and fully configure devices with corporate settings and policies — and users can get up and running faster than ever
iOS 7’s MDM will also support new commands and options available to third-party apps. Managers will be able to wirelessly set up managed apps, install fonts and configure wireless printer drivers. Institutionally owned devices can be automatically enrolled in MDM during activation
Managed open in: The new security features will let IT Managers configure VPN connections on the application level; single sign on will authenticate credentials across apps; and “managed open,” which will let managers set those apps that will be able to open corporate documents as well as prevent personal data from being used in those apps. iOS 7’s bid to protect corporate data will control which apps and accounts open certain documents and attachments. IT policies can set the configuration list, forcing corporate data to be opened in corporate apps.
Per app VPN: Apps requiring virtual private networking (VPN) functionality to run when they start up. This will be useful to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) employees who work from home or other remote locations.
Improved Mail: New features like the ability to add and reorganize smart mailboxes in the mailbox list, view PDF annotations, and totally redesigned search makes Mail easier to use than ever. Support for Microsoft Exchange 2010 makes the killer app even better for business.
Enterprise single sign-on (SSO): Authenticating will be far easier in iOS 7, allowing users to take their corporate credentials across apps, including apps from the App Store. The will be especially useful because you don’t have to remember various passwords improving security of data.
Third-party app data protection: All third-party apps will be data protected automatically. A user’s password will be used to generate a strong and unique encryption key. This provides IT administrators with peace of mind that corporate data is secured without additional configuration. So information stored in App Store apps is protected with the user’s passcode until they first unlock their device after each reboot. This is being touted to be extremely beneficial to corporate.
From a consumer’s perspective, an apple enthusiast Kyle Frost points out some features after downloading iOS7 beta version.
Multitasking: This feature has beencompletely redone allowing users to see the application in the state its left in. Multitasking is fluid, and app icons situated neatly below the app screenshots.
Control Center toggles: With this new feature users are able to quickly switch Wi-Fi off, or Bluetooth. Despite this feature being available on other operating systems for a while, Apple users will be happy that’s its now integrated into the system without having to switch to other operating systems.
New improved Siri: The UI has been completely revamped. It’s new “blurred” interface and thin white text. Other than the UI, there are some other new options. New voices have been added into Siri, and users can ever choose and shift between a female and male voices. Siri can also search the internet now without having to go to safari. The search service of Siri uses Bing instead of Google.
Camera filters: This is a separate application to take/filter pictures. Also, users don’t have to only take square pictures with filters, but can use this to filter normal sized images as well.
Tom Neumayr a spokesman for Apple said “ iOS users have access to the world’s largest ecosystem of options and the most seamless integration with our products.”
Apple products of recent have been solely focused on the consumer market, but with the iOS7 update, Apple is recognizing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users, keeping Apple up-to-date with the current business trends.
iOS 7 Disadvantages
With loads of new features- New user interface, update Apps like Safari and Calendar, Control Center etc.- iOS 7 suffers from few cons as well. Some of them are:
- Owners of many older models of Apple products won’t be able to get iOS 7
- Apple users will have to get used to a totally new method of deleting/restarting apps, multi-tasking and more.
- Many people are not fond of the new “flat” look. It is believed to be copied from Microsoft.
- SIRI is not good
- iOS 7 has a slight learning curve.
– By Ankita Mohinta For MobiGnosis