The wait is almost over. Apple will hold a special event on Sept. 10, where they’re expected to unveil the new iPhone along with iOS 7, the overhauled operating system Apple introduced in June. IOS 7 is the biggest software refresh since Apple introduced iPhone in 2007. A Jonny Ive-inspired “flat” design gives iOS 7 an all new look, but the changes aren’t just skin deep. This new operating system revamps the multitasking process and how users control their most-used smartphone functions.
For business users, the redesign is a welcome upgrade. A cleaner, more professional interface will make life easier, software upgrades with boost performance and tightened security will give IT managers peace of mind.
It Starts With Security
Smartphones can streamline business operations and support professionals, but they also open the door to all new security risks. A Ponemon Institute survey revealed that mobile devices are the greatest source of worry for healthcare IT professionals. Apple appears to have doubled down its commitment to business security with this new operating system. IT managers have complete control over sensitive business data through the managed open settings, whether they need to configure apps for best practice or prevent personal documents from being opened in business apps, these controls put IT managers in control.
IOS 7 also supports per app VPN, so businesses can ensure data transmitted through managed apps travels through these protective networks. Streamlined MDM enrollment makes it easier for IT managers to configure devices with corporate settings, and IT can change these settings over the air. If security has kept your business away from Apple devices, iOS 7 should alleviate those concerns.
Business Means Email
For many professionals, smartphones function mostly as a portable email device. The redesigned iOS 7 mail apps should suit these thumb-tapping warriors. New gestures make managing email even easier. Swipe left on an email to reveal a “more” button and “trash” button. The former brings up a menu of options that includes reply, forward and flag, while the latter disposes of the email. The revamped mail app also includes a shake-to-undo feature that can restore messages mistakenly archived or sent to trash. The iOS mail app is still compatible with Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and Outlook, but Apple added the ability to sync notes with Outlook. Subtle yet substantial, these upgrades improve what is already a stellar mail app.
A Business Casual Feel
The new features add value, but iOS 7’s overhaul is highlighted by its fresh design. It appears iOS has grown out of its adolescent years and adopted a new business casual look. The icons are simpler, apps are less cluttered and the new control center panel is a professional’s dream. The iPhone may still be a platform for Angry Birds, Jewel Quest Games and Spaceteam, but workers can feel productive and professional through this new system.
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