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iOS 11 in the Enterprise: Get Your iPads Ready

2017-08-23 22:25

While some are in back-to-school mode and others are getting ready for football, we’re gearing up for the latest mobile operating systems to hit the market.

With the Apple iOS 11 release right around the corner, the time is now for IT and security leaders to zero in on their Apple iOS management strategy to prepare for the myriad changes set to affect the iPhones and iPads employees use for work.

This year’s OS is distinguished from past releases by its broad assortment of iPad-specific updates. Although there’s no reason to believe that tablets will replace the laptops and desktops that preceded them, there’s no denying that there are particular scenarios in which the tablet has become the preferred alternative, whether as kiosks, point-of-sale devices or in the field. With iOS 11, the list of use cases for iPad at work is increasing.

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iOS 11: Blurring the Line Between iPad and Mac

Newer tablets such as the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will get a customizable dock, much like what’s been available on Macs for years, making it easy to switch between commonly used apps with a simple swipe up and tap.

Need to multitask? No problem. Users can simply tap into the new split-screen mode on the iPad. This will eliminate the need to jockey back and forth between apps when performing simple tasks. New functionality will help you get more done with fewer steps. Text, images, URLs and files can be dragged and dropped right across the screen.

The Apple Pencil functionality will also be improved, venturing beyond its current design capabilities and taking the iPad to a new level in the ways it can be used for work. For example users will be able to:

  • Begin marking up PDFs and photos right after they’re opened.
  • Take a picture of a doc, format it, complete it and sign it in one fell swoop.
  • Tap the screen to jot down some quick notes right from the lock screen.

Improvements for the iPad and iPhone Alike

The iPhone Command Center will receive an update that goes beyond putting everything important in one place — it has become more extensive and customizable. What’s displayed in the bottom portion can be updated in the settings to ensure that icons only appear for the apps that are used most frequently.

As workers progress from one task to the next, a new multitasking grid makes it easy to visualize what apps they have open and tap into, making better use of the screen real estate than prior versions of iOS. Better yet, the dock and the Command Center are shown on the same screen, offering a central location to journey from one place to the next.

While on the topic of organizing everything in one place, a new Files app will be rolled out for Apple devices that does just that — for files. Now users will be able to find, sort and view their full assortment of content from a central location on the device. Files will support popular file share repositories such as iCloud Drive, Box, Google Drive and Dropbox, making content search an effortless process, no matter where it is stored.

A Redesigned App Catalog Geared Toward Discovery

Aiming for the best possible user experience from the very beginning, it’s no wonder that Apple decided to revamp the App Catalog for iOS in its upcoming OS update. There have never been more apps, making for more choices and more complications. New tweaks will be made to improve search and discoverability, such as:

  • A Today tab that will display the most recent updates;
  • Apps and games split into separate sections; and
  • Better descriptions, previews and reviews.

These improvements are certain to increase the volume of apps making their way down to iPhones and iPads used at work, meaning it would be wise for IT management to monitor and intermittently revisit the company’s mobile app security strategy. Consider updating whitelists and blacklists to ensure that productivity apps are available and the more distracting ones are restricted.

More Change Headed for Enterprise Doors

One thing’s for certain: iPhone and iPad usability is poised for change in some big ways. There will also be adjustments to the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), device policy restrictions and configuration options that you’ll need to be aware of before your users begin upgrading to the latest operating system.

Join IBM for an upcoming webinar, “A First Look: iOS 11 for the Enterprise,” to gain a deeper understanding of the various ways in which Apple’s latest OS will impact the enterprise.

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