Apple Highlights iOS 7 Features for Business and Education Users

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As noted by The Verge, Apple has launched a new page on its website highlighting some of the features in iOS 7 targeted at business users.
    Among the features highlighted by Apple:

    - Manage which apps and accounts can be used to open documents
    - Configure individual apps to automatically connect to VPN when opened
    - More flexible management of App Store licenses for companies
    - New configuration options and streamlined enrollment for mobile device management (MDM)
    - Single sign on for authenticating corporate credentials across apps
    - Passcode protection of data in third-party apps
    - Mail improvements
    - Server caching of software purchases and downloads for more efficient distribution

    Apple regularly address enterprise adoption of the iPhone and iPad during its quarterly earnings conference calls, noting during its most recent call that according to one study iOS devices are currently accounting for 77% of enterprise device activations. Nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies have piloted or deployed iPhone and iPad with new authorization from the U.S. Department of Defense to use iOS devices on secure military networks, boosting the status of iOS as a secure platform.

    Apple has posted a similar page highlighting iOS 7 features for education users. Many of the same features as those highlighted for business are included on that page, with AirDrop, Apple TV enhancements, and iTunes U and iCloud backup for students of all ages unique to the education page.

    Article Link: Apple Highlights iOS 7 Features for Business and Education Users
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    I just don't understand how you can use iOS efficiently in business if you cannot even copy document to/from it without iTunes
  3. macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2009
    The ability to transfer documents to and from any iOS device is severely crippled with being attached to iTunes at the hip. Oh, don't even get me started about iCloud. I wish it was simpler to transfer documents to the iPhone without iTunes.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    You can over the internet, but yes, with the lack of a file system (or lack of access to) it is pretty difficult to transfer documents without iTunes.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    For transferring files cant you just use the "Open with" option on your iphone and it will copy said document to said app's folder? Then, app permitting, you can email the file...
  6. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    The ability not to store documents (easily) on the iPad is a feature for many companies by the way.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2003
    Or via email, or via the web, or via any number of file management apps...
  8. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Arlington, VA
    Its an archaic way of file management. Reminds me of Windows 3.11
    With cloud computing - copying a file, or access to a local "file" is a thing of the past.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2006
    Wont airdrop help with that?
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    I have all kinds of documents on my iphone and ipad and I never had to connect to itunes. In fact itunes doesn't even have my phone.

    Needing a file browser is so 2000s. And in the corporate world documents come from 4 places. Web, Email, Self, or corporate document repository.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Aug 15, 2011
    What Apple can do is provide us with a file manager that limits the folders you can see and also give us the ability to transfer files to these folders directly via USB or downloads. It's just a wish and I don't think Apple will ever implement this.
  12. macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2003
  13. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    So, you just dragged document onto iPad icon to put it there?
    Oh, wait, there is no SIMPLE way to do it, you have to use elaborate multi-step schemes involving clouds/mail/whatever, just to do the simplest task ever.

    I never implied that I want any kind of file browser or file system.

    So explain, what is the simplest way to use iPad to modify an excel table situated on corporate file server?
  14. litmag01, Jun 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

    macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2009
    Corporate app development and purchase/license management is key. Hopefully this will include better app control.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    While it may be true that companies don't always want employees copying files onto mobile devices (for obvious security reasons) this is almost always done on the computer side, by having heavily locked down USB options on corporate PCs.

    The problem with Apple's approach, is that it doesn't give the company a choice. They have to go with what Apple decides, rather than the flexibility to do it themselves, or not.
  16. macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    I think any "file browser" like app that Apple will implement for iOS would be based on tags. An app that can list all tagged documents across various application sandboxes to allow you to view them in different contexts. Possibly with some sort of quick view feature.

    I'd bet on viewing only. No way to transfer documents between applications. Sharing would still be handled by the app that owns the document.

    Could be in iOS 7 based on Apple's mention that tags created in Mavericks sync to iOS devices.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    A lot of this they already did for you with DOS 3.3 that shipped with the Apple II.

    Local manipulation of documents is not going to be around forever. May as well adapt now so it isn't as much of a shock later. While you're at it, you can also remove those floppy and zipp drives.
  18. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    We use WebDAV server for our iPads; as they are per single-device-policy there is no iTunes. As lots apps support WebDAV this is not a big deal. GoodReader is also very helpful go mange file structures; though borderline from information security point of view; actually too flexible.

    But also agree, file management is not most user friendly. Improvements in this area still welcome. Required actually to avoid Win8 to take over the business iPads.

    Single-sign-on, yes, please. Pain in the neck today with those constant web logins.
  19. macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Hilarious watching people come up with BS excuses or problems that don't exist to try and downplay this or the use of iPhones/iPads in the enterprise.

    iOS already dominates enterprise over Android and BB. Now Apple has made a huge upgrade to security and device management for those same users. Game over for Android and BB as far as enterprise goes.
  20. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    You'd think it would, but (so far) Apple has made the genius decision of not allowing airdrop to work between Macs and iOS devices, crippling it for no good reason.

    Dear APPLE:

    How to fix iOS:
    1) Add a for file management and transfer
    2) Let AppStore apps access and modify files saved in Finder
    3) Fix AirDrop
    4) Let Finder access iCloud on iOS and OS X and let us put whatever files we want in there

    How not to fix iOS:
    1) Ruin all the icons
    2) Make everything blindingly white
    3) Make the wallpaper blow bubbles and wobble when you move
    4) Make the font eye-itchingly thin.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2008
    Mail improvements...

    ...but still no spam filter.
  22. macrumors 603


    Feature request

    I have a feature request. I want to be able to sort incoming email (arrived mail) by sender and search by sender then sort for it.

    I would like an app that follows my web forums and subjects and displays new messages for forums and threads I want to follow ala Newswatcher, which was a VERY powerful Usenet app.

  23. macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2012
    Maybe they should also release a professional looking theme that doesn't look like Hello Kitty meets My Little Pony and let all of us benefit.
  24. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    i cannot even add my work email to the iphone ... and i cant access our server with all the documents stored on either ... failed iPad pilot project at work.

    now they got those horrible samsung tablets that actually work on this aspect but suck on any other matter which are less important for work unfortunately and didnt justify keeping the ipads at work
  25. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    First of all, you cannot force the same level of modernity to your clients or partners. For business use, your system necessarily has to be compatible with archaic methods.
    Second, even if am not using local document manipulation in my business, how do you suggest I set up iOS to read and edit corporate documents? There aren't easy document access and manipulations features in iOS even if it's non-local. It only supports highly limited and proprietary solutions like iCloud and iWorks that aren't going to be widely implemented in corporate world.

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