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8 reasons why you should strengthen your iOS passcode today

Every enterprise IT manager knows the ghastly truth: the biggest security weaknesses in any system are the humans using it. So, if you are one of the nearly one-in-ten iOS users (or even the one-in-three Android users) who don’t use a passcode, if you happen to be one of the many who use the same passcode for everything, or even one of the 15 percent of users who still insist on using any of these ten passcodes, then this article is for you. It’s time to toughen up. Here’s why:

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Dimension Data puts its muscle behind Apple in the enterprise

Yet another big cheese in enterprise IT has climbed aboard the Apple wagon, with Dimension Data joining IBM, Deloitte, Cisco, SAP, JAMF, and others in offering services to help big business pick Apple’s for their mobile enterprise.

Enterprise ready

“We understand our clients need a strategic approach to mobility – one that merges the world’s best user experience through Apple devices with full enterprise capabilities,” said Joe Manuele, Dimension Data Group Executive, Customer Experience and Collaboration, announcing the deal in June.

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12 ways you’ll use Apple’s ARKit in your enterprise

Enterprises pondering a push into augmented and virtual reality will need to embrace Apple’s ARKit, if only to access the hundreds of millions of already deployed devices capable of accessing these next-generation experiences. Of course, many see AR and VR as niche products only suitable for gaming, but these technologies have so much more potential. Here are 12 ways you might use ARKit in your enterprise.

Virtual stores

IKEA’s recent news that it will be an Apple flagship ARKit partner means you’ll be able to use your iPhone and an IKEA app to place items from its catalog around your home. The Swedish furniture manufacturer isn’t the only one looking to introduce solutions like these. Converse, Gap, Adidas, Lowes and others are developing ways to use AR and VR tech to try, explore and choose items from their stores. It’s not at all pushing the envelope to imagine Apple’s retail stores also providing some form of VR presence. In real estate, you can also anticipate immersive VR tours of potential homes – you’ll even be able to place your own furniture in them to see what works where. Why would you visit an out-of-town mall when you can get to see the products virtually from where you already are? (This may also foster even more rapid decline in retail real estate revenues).

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Apple is the top IT vendor, says Gartner

Get ready to abandon your preconceptions, Microsoft’s IT hegemony is broken. Gartner now claims Apple, Samsung, and Google have become the top three IT vendors by revenue.

The laws of motion

Sir Isaac Newton (star of the first ever Apple logo) in his Third Law of Motion said, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

You find this philosophical construct applied in numerous ways – from the ebb and flow of politics and social discourse to the inevitability with which Apple has returned from the dead to become the world’s leading tech company: reviled, criticized and imitated, the company now leads the IT pack.

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6 months using Office and a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple introduced the first iteration of its MacBook Pro with Touch Bar a few months ago. Microsoft soon put Touch Bar support in Office for Mac apps. I’ve used both for several months and with a new Touch Bar Mac now available and Microsoft’s implementation clearly past beta, I thought it might be useful to discuss my experience using both together.

The MacBook Pro w. Touch Bar

With the exception of one weird, now discredited, Laptop story, Apple’s new computer received overwhelmingly positive reviews when introduced.

[Also read: 10+ Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar tips.]

It’s certainly not the cheapest laptop you can buy, but in the months I’ve used one I’ve been consistently impressed by its stability, performance, and superb high-resolution display. I never really bought into ‘dongle-gate’, I’ve rarely had to worry about this at all, beyond storage. Thunderbolt 3’s ability to handle both input and output, as well as power supply, mean this is a much more flexible interconnect than what it replaces. Battery life has also been stable, though I have seen conflicting reports on this.

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Apple is ‘pervasive in the enterprise,’ says IBM

While there remain some industry observers that cling to rapidly diminishing arguments against such deployment, “Apple devices are already pervasive in the enterprise,” Mahmoud Naghshineh, General Manager, Offerings and Solutions, IBM, told me.

The iOS enterprise is here

Naghshineh spoke to me as IBM expands its MobileFirst iOS for the enterprise scheme. He echoes Mike Brinker, Global Digital Leader, Deloitte Digital, who last year called Apple’s products “essential to the modern enterprise”.

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Apple’s profound iPhone plans for healthcare

A report today once again confirms Apple is interested in making your iPhone the center of your electronic health records (EHR) data. What’s going on, and why does this matter?

Take a Gliimpse

Apple last year acquired Gliimpse, an electronic health records development company. When news of the purchase broke, I suggested this marked the company’s interest in developing its own EHR systems, and this has been confirmed by CNBC.

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8 big improvements in Apple’s High Sierra Safari browser

Coming soon in High Sierra, Apple has packed the next edition of its Safari 11 browser with interesting new tools and features you’ll need to know about, with speed improvements alone once again making it a strong competitor to Chrome. Enterprise users can also look forward to friction-free cross-platform video conferencing with the release.

Performance enhanced

Apple claims its browser “significantly” outperforms Chrome and Firefox in benchmark tests. Speaking at WWDC, Apple’s Craig Federeghi claimed the browser to be an impressive 80 percent faster in JavaScript performance, promising performance will be even further enhanced when High Sierra ships.

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10 reasons macOS High Sierra is good for the enterprise

In this report, we provide a top-level insight into some of the key enterprise-useful enhancements within Apple’s forthcoming Mac operating system, High Sierra.

What is High Sierra?

The 14th major version of Apple’s Mac operating system, High Sierra is currently going through beta testing in order to ship this fall. The OS (aka macOS 10.13) has a range of under-the-hood technology improvements, including an all-new 64-bit Apple File System. This has its own useful consequences for enterprise users, including speed, performance, and security.

Configuration improvements

Tens of thousands of Macs will be deployed across enterprises this year. Apple has taken some big steps to try to make it easier for enterprise IT to manage large Mac deployments with a range of management and configuration improvements. Some I’ve discussed in more detail below, but deployment should be eased with the introduction of 802.1X ethernet configuration, firmware password and user account management tools, and the ability to delay software updates for up to 90 days so IT crews can test these releases.

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Apple takes on Facebook with its own Messages Bots

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WWDC 2017: An enterprise perspective on Apple’s iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 will bring a range of improvements to iOS-using enterprises. Big iPad improvements and ARKit have multiple implications,  but I’ve looked at some of the many other iOS 11 enhancements enterprises may enjoy, rather than  focus on those.

The 32-bit problem

Enterprise chiefs must now take steps to ensure their existing iOS apps are 64-bit, as Apple will terminate support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. The company has been warning of this plan since 2016, and it hits with iOS 11, when 32-bit apps will no longer launch. Take stock of your existing iOS app deployments now to ensure critical software isn’t impacted by the change. On its side, Apple has planned for this and most existing kit should work fine with iOS 11, though the iPhone 5 and 5c and older and iPad 4 and older will not be supported. (List of supported devices). Apple plans to end support for 32-bit apps on Macs in 2018.

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WWDC 2017: Everything you need to know about Apple and AR

“We are high on AR for the long run, we think there’s great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, July 2016.

As I expected, Apple has introduced a powerful partnership and platform play to kick-start AR experience creation and distribution across its systems.

The company shared many of the details of its approach at WWDC 2017. This will have a big impact across consumer, creative, and enterprise markets so I thought it would be useful to put together what we know so far.

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements: First thoughts for the enterprise

Apple at WWDC 2017 made a wealth of announcements, many of which are likely of interest to enterprise users, these spanned iPads, iOS 11, AI, payments and, of course, Augmented Reality (AR).

What follows is a short first stop look at some of the news enterprise users may find interesting. I’ll provide more depth later this week.

The big opportunity: ARKit

While at face value you might see ARKit as being similar to Facebook’s Camera Effects, you’d be missing something.

Not only has Apple done years of groundwork to make sure these tools will work on tens of millions of devices, but its users are happy to cough up cash to engage in these experiences.

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WWDC: iPad’s big advantage: engagement

Engagement. That’s a big advantage Apple has with its iPad, and that’s why enterprises should take another look at the platform, particularly in light of claims it will gain a more productive file system in iOS 11.

Flipboard tells it like it is

Flipboard has been monitoring how Apple devices are used on its platform. It has found that people using an iPad spend about 50 percent more time in their apps than they do when using iPhones. They estimate that iPad users spend about 22-minutes in app every single day, in contrast to 15-minutes on an iPhone.

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Trump loses tech over Paris Agreement decision

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Apple has paid App Store devs over $70 billion

Apple is shameless. It can’t help but to share landmark statistics, such as today’s news that developers on its platforms have earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008.

And still growing

We know other mobile platforms are growing too, but surely Apple’s fading iOS empire has reached its zenith? Not so, Apple states, confirming that App Store downloads have “grown over 70 percent”.

[Also read: WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT]

The range of apps driving good business for Apple’s developer community continues to expand. Games and entertainment remain the top-grossing apps categories, but education, training, and a range of other apps are growing in importance. The company revealed a few interesting stats to reflect this:

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7 ways to take control of Auto-correct on iPad and iPhone

Every iOS device includes auto-correct and predictive text features, which try to make sure you spell words correctly. These are great for most general writing, but are a problem when using complex industry specific terms.

This short guide will help you train autocorrect to handle the vocabulary of your industry. It is useful for enterprise users, medical practitioners, educators and anyone else who needs to use non-standard vocabulary.

Covfefe what you type

Metalanguage is a word. It basically describes the language we use to talk about language. The word ‘adjective’ is a metalanguage word. The term is also used to describe industry-specific words, such as ‘omnichannel’ in retail, or ‘handoff’ on a Mac. The problem with the spelling dictionaries included in iOS is that they while they are pretty accurate for most common words, they have no idea at all about industry-specific words, such as ‘covfefe’.

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Why CIOs must understand Apple’s Neural Engine plan

One day, soon, your Apple iPhone will be able to figure out when you’re going to get sick, will book itself in for servicing when faults develop, will let you know if it picks up a virus, and will be able to figure out if the person you are sharing data with is authorized to see that information. CIOs should begin to think about how this level of machine intelligence may impact their business.

Intelligent machines

Apple is allegedly developing a Neural Engine chip, which will be dedicated to performing artificial intelligence (AI) computation on mobile devices.

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Why CIO’s must understand Apple’s Neural Engine plan

One day, soon, your Apple iPhone will be able to figure out when you’re going to get sick, will book itself in for servicing when faults develop, will let you know if it picks up a virus, and will be able to figure out if the person you are sharing data with is authorized to see that information. CIO’s should begin to think about how this level of machine intelligence may impact their business.

Intelligent machines

Apple is allegedly developing a Neural Engine chip, which will be dedicated to performing artificial intelligence (AI) computation on mobile devices.

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Apple’s iPad gains drag-&-drop and a Finder-like file system

Apple leads the mobile enterprise and consumers, prosumers, and enterprise users all have high hopes for its iPads, but one thing we haven’t yet had is support for drag-&-drop between apps on the tablet.

Things have changed

Independent developer, Readdle, has updated its suite of productivity products to support drag-&-drop between themselves. This means users of Scanner ProPDF ExpertSpark and Documents can shift items between these apps using drag, drop, and touch – what could be more intuitive? The developers see this as a highly logical next step when using iPad Split View mode. I imagine many iPad users would agree.

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Why Apple’s App Store is good business for your enterprise

New information from Sensor Tower confirms that whether you’re developing apps for consumers, or if app development for others is your business, Apple’s App Store is a good place to do business.

Millionaire class

The data shows that at least 69 iOS developers managed to make their first million-dollars in app revenue last year, and that’s just on the U.S. App Store. In fact, despite a smaller relative market share in comparison with Android, the store created almost twice as many millionaires in 2016.

“In all, 66 publishers met or surpassed this benchmark figure on Apple’s store in 2016, which was 1.7 times more than the 39 that managed the same degree of success on Google’s platform,” Sensor Tower said.

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Apple is testing 5G: Why this matters to the iOS enterprise

Faster, more stable, capable of supporting more devices and equipped to handle life in the fast lane, 5G technology is the next wave of networking, and Apple is deeply involved in testing and developing the standard. What does Apple hope to gain and why should this matter to an iOS enterprise?

What is 5G?         

While it is important to note that 5G is not yet ratified as a standard and networks that use the standard aren’t expected before 2020, 5G is touted as the next-generation of wireless broadband.  

The GSMA has set some criteria, most of which need to be met for a network to call itself ‘5G’. They include 1-10Gbps connections to devices and other end points and the capacity to support up to 100 times as many devices per cell as possible in current implementations.

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Apple, iOS, and IBM are transforming retail, one shop at a time

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WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT

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15 reasons Apple leads the mobile enterprise

Apple Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, set tongues wagging when he claimed the company had just set a “new enterprise revenue record”, though he didn’t say why. I thought I’d try to explain it for him.

BYO Apple

Digital transformation is the dominant story of today – not just in IT, but everywhere else as well. History will show that almost every part of life was impacted by mobile technology, and Apple’s guaranteed place in tomorrow’s enterprise is just one component of this.

The iPhone spawned the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution, one which itself spawned empowered workforces demanding choice: Choice in platform, choice in software, choice in working hours.

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Google Assistant for iPhone: An enterprise perspective

Google I/O saw a range of Google announcements, from the introduction of a low-end Android O OS for low-end phones to the introduction of new software designed to challenge Siri on iPhone, Google Assistant for iPhone.

Google Assistant

Apple’s ads-focused competitor is playing a strong move with this release.

The company hopes to exploit existing public perception that Siri isn’t such a great voice assistant by launching its own assistant at Apple’s platform. Time – and any Siri improvements announced at WWDC – will tell us if it succeeds in this.

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WWDC: Apple’s Kaby Lake MacBook upgrades coming soon

Apple plans to announce upgraded Mac notebooks with Kaby Lake processors at WWDC 2017, a report claims. Regular readers will know we’ve been expecting Apple to migrate to the new chip, but Intel has only just begun shipping suitable processors, hence the delay.

What is Kaby Lake?

Kaby Lake is the seventh generation of the Core series chips. It’s a 14-nanometer processor which has been designed to deliver high quality graphics without a GPU. The smaller processor die and GPU advantages should make for battery life/performance advantages. Other enhancements within these chips include:

  • Fully integrated support for USB-C Generation 2, (G2 USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 support)
  • Native HDCP 2.2 support
  • 4K video support.

We had hoped Apple would stow one of these new processors inside of the recently-introduced MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, but this didn’t happen. It has previously been reported that Intel could only ship suitable versions of these processors starting earlier this year.

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Apple’s Sal Soghoian announces ‘Masters of Automation’ event

There was shock across the Apple community when Sal Soghoian’s position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies at Apple was terminated, but the automation on Apple guru is back this August with the first ever CMD-D conference.

Take control

Macs, iPhones and iPads are powerful, but you can achieve even more with them if you master their built-in automation tools, using Apple Script, Automator and (coming soon) Workflow.

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7 ways Apple Watch is already in the enterprise

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Apple has become the world’s biggest wearable devices company and its Apple Watch is already in use in a variety of different enterprise implementations, even before it becomes truly smart.

Apple and the enterprise

Apple has a great enterprise story to tell. Not only are a huge number of enterprises already using iOS devices, but IBM now claims it is three times more expensive to manage PCs than to manage Macs. And that’s even before you consider that if the UK’s NHS had deployed Macs rather than Windows XP, the recent ransomware attack that used NSA-developed tools would not have succeeded.

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FileMaker 16’s complex simplicity echoes Apple’s enterprise IT strategy

Nowhere is Apple’s visionary approach to enterprise technology evidenced as clearly as in the latest edition of FileMaker 16 Platform, which comes from an independently-run company that happens to be wholly-owned by Apple.

Simple complexity

The veteran solution has been available for over 35-years and has over a million active users.With this kind of constituency, the platform has been given a thorough sprucing up in this release.

FileMaker says it provides everything needed to create, share, and run custom apps for business teams, but it has worked to make the whole thing much more accessible. The new release includes a host of improvements to mobility, integration, development, scalability and security.

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How to manage and use iOS Notifications

Millions of iOS 10 users receive a millions of Notifications every day, but we can also configure these alerts to make them more useful, more productive, and secure. That’s what we’ll look at in today’s report.

What are Notifications?

Notifications first appeared with iOS 5 in October 2011, migrating to Macs the following year.

The system puts new and incoming information at the top of the screen, and also collates these into the Notifications Center panel which you access by swiping down from the status bar. Tap a Notification to open the relevant app, or swipe left and tap Clear to get rid of it.  

If you use a 3D Touch-enabled device you can sometimes get other options when you hard press the Notification, such as Snooze. When you receive a Message in Notifications you can respond to that item by hard-pressing the alert, rather than opening the app.

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Apple’s iPhone 7 is best-selling, and iPhone 6S most used, analysts claim

As we wait on the next edition, we learnt that the most used smartphone in the world is the iPhone 6S, while iPhone 7 remains the world’s best-selling smartphone.

‘Phones across the planet

Two reports come from Strategy Analytics and Scientia Mobile are the latest icing on the cake for iPhone predictions as we wait on Apple’s next-generation devices.

The reports appear as analysts everywhere quietly raise expectations for AAPL stock, itself on course to break a trillion-dollar market cap.

Popular expectation around the next iPhone, which many believe may introduce a new high-end tier, dubbed iPhone 8, is driving significant market changes.

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This little app shows why Apple’s retail store changes make complete sense

While it may seem counter-intuitive, Apple’s attempt to transform its retail operations into community hubs is a future-focused move that puts the company’s retail segment in a much stronger position to survive the digital transformation of retail, the impact of which is shown by a little app from Avira.

Avira Insight and QR Scan

Avira Insight and QR Scan is a smartphone app that lets you scan the QR code on a product you find in the shops and then brings you pricing and availability information gathered from a host of online and brick-&-mortar retailers.

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15 Apple Watch tricks you’ll want to use

The phrase, “Hidden in plain sight” has become a cliché, but the one thing people always forget is that clichés are only clichés because they happen a lot. Apple Watch tips are no exception. How can a device you wear on your wrist have so many hidden features? Here are a few more you may not have seen before:

Quiet light

In a meeting, want to know the time, but don’t want to seem too rude by raising the Watch to your face? Why not gently turn the Digital Crown, which will gently illuminate the watch face so you can glimpse the time surreptitiously?

The call feature everyone neglects

Receiving a call but don’t want to take it on your Watch? When the call notification appears on your Apple Watch screen just turn the digital crown a little so that you see the lower part of the notification screen. Tap Answer on iPhone and Siri will tell the caller to wait while you retrieve your smartphone. (From here).

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How to improve Mac, iPhone & iPad battery life in 26 tips

If you want to tweak the most battery life you can from your iPhone, iPad or MacBook (Pro) you’ll want to review these tips, some can squeeze a little more time from limited charge, but others you need to use early for best results.

iPhone, iPad, iOS battery life tips

Here are some of the best tips to squeeze extra power from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).

Up to date

Make sure your iOS is kept up-to-date to ensure your device is utilizing Apple’s latest battery life preserving tweaks.

Battery usage

Get to know your battery. Open Settings>Battery and wait for your Battery Usage data to load. You’ll be able to see which apps use the most power and switch them off.

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