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Posted by Ted Schadler on April 9, 2010
Apple yesterday announced OS 4.0, it's latest iPhone and iPad operating system. This release confirms what we believed last year: that Apple is actually listening to what enterprise IT needs from iPhones. Let's review the history:
So what are the important new enterprise features and what do they mean?
What's still missing?
My conclusion from this historical review is that Apple is listening to the needs of the enterprise and making steady progress against the punch list. From what I've seen so far, it looks like software and policy push are the only things still missing from the list in most regulated firms and governments. In other words, employees will still have to click the update button to get the latest policies and application versions. But they will no longer have to sync with iTunes. For IT, that means they have to trust employees to act responsibly. I think that's a reasonable assumption in any decently managed organization.
Disagree? See other missing things? Please comment.
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