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ICYMI: Apple’s WWDC 2017

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Josh Ashworth

WWDC 2017So, you don’t have two hours to watch the keynote from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)? Don’t worry; we watched it for you.

Here, we’ve recapped the tech giant’s exciting WWDC 2017 announcements and product updates. While Apple remains a consumer-focused brand, company leaders made it clear that they’re excited to empower digital transformation for today’s enterprises by creating cutting-edge technology and developer tools.

It can and it will. Watch it.

The new Apple Watch Operating System (OS) is great for glancing at information on-the-go. Powered by a combination of Siri intelligence and machine learning, the company’s new watch OS updates the device interface to show information that users will find most helpful based on their routines and the apps they use. Additionally, users can look for other new interface designs, like a kaleidoscope option or Toy Story cartoon characters for example. The watch’s Activity, Workout, and Music apps have also been updated.

Blaze new trails.

Updated MacBook and MackBook Pro laptops will feature seventh-generation Intel Core processors, increasing performance and improving high-quality video playback. Additionally, they’ll feature higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, and next-generation graphics, making them ideal for virtual augmented reality development.

More than 86% of Apple’s customers have installed iOS 10 and are currently taking advantage of its capabilities.[tweet]

No, it’s not magic. It’s iOS 11.

More than 86% of Apple’s customers have installed iOS 10 and are currently taking advantage of its capabilities. By comparison, Android has an adoption rate of 7% for its most recent OS. Yowzas. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s to come in iOS 11:

  • Messages is heading to the cloud. With Messages on iCloud, your conversations are automatically synchronized across devices. Device storage is optimized because only the most recent messages are cached on the device, allowing for smaller and faster backups. Messages will also remain encrypted end-to-end.
  • Siri will receive updates as well. Using new deep learning and integration capabilities, Siri will be able to retrieve better results with follow up questions than ever. Siri will also have a new feature – translating questions into other languages. Any on-device learning is synchronized across devices (and encrypted from end-to-end) so that it remains private to the user.
  • Maps will soon feature detailed floor maps of malls and airports to help you find a specific store, locate an airport terminal, identify security checkpoints, or survey restaurant options while traveling. Improvements to navigation will also include a new speed limit feature and lane identification so you never get lost again.
  • Machine learning is a huge focus for iOS 11, and Apple is sharing its capabilities with developers so they can be utilized in third-party app development.
  • Files for iOS is a new app that brings together files stored in the cloud across various platforms and services, including third-party storage like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. You’ll finally be able to view all your files from one location.

Longer. Better. Faster. Stronger.  

The new iPad Pro will feature graphics performance that’s 500x faster than the original 2010 version.[tweet]

The biggest WWDC 2017 announcement was undoubtedly the iPad Pro. Although it’s the same size as the previous generation, the new iPad Pro will boast 20% more screen real estate, 30% faster CPU performance, and 40% faster graphics performance than previous models. That makes this iPad’s graphics performance 500x faster than the original 2010 version. The iPad Pro provides just the right combination of workstation capabilities and portability to make it a viable laptop replacement.

A secure assistant? Now that’s smart.

Apple also debuted the HomePod, a Siri-powered smart assistant, at WWDC 2017. What separates HomePod from the well-established competition? One word—privacy. Unlike its competitors, the HomePod shares its learned and personalized data across devices with end-to-end encryption. So, you never have to worry about Apple sharing your data with advertisers or the government, no matter where—or how—you search.

Brace yourself for impact.

The iOS refresh will allow end users to navigate their mobile device faster, more efficiently, and with more third-party integration than ever.[tweet]

How can you expect Apple’s WWDC 2017 products to impact your enterprise mobility program? The iOS refresh will allow end users to navigate their mobile device faster, more efficiently, and with more third-party integration than ever. International employees will undoubtedly benefit from the translation updates in Siri and Maps’ new deeper intelligence. The new iOS allows for multitasking with both apps staying active in Slide Over or Split View. With Drag and Drop, you can move text, photos, and files from one app to another, anywhere on the screen. The new iOS also features a new QuickType keyboard—all letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation are now on the same keyboard. Working from a mobile device is getting easier and iOS 11 will certainly keep setting the pace.

The HomePod, with its end-to-end encryption feature, is a great product for enterprises governed by industry regulations around data security such as financial and legal services, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. Because HomePod has Siri, it can provide timers, clocks, measurements, translations, news, sports information, weather forecast, traffic updates, and more, helping employees work more effectively and efficiently.

Perhaps the largest impact on enterprise mobility programs will come from Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcement that iOS 11 drops support for any equipment older than iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini 2. This will force many mobility managers to look at their deployed devices and strategize how to update their fleet to stay up-to-date with Apple’s latest iOS.

Does it take more than a few seconds to find out how many iPhone 5s devices you’ve deployed? If so, connect with one of our mobility experts to see how a Mobility Management Platform can help you centralize your mobile program data.

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