Eight reasons why iOS 8 is going to be a big hit with BYOD

Eight reasons why iOS 8 is going to be a big hit with BYOD

Summary: Here are eight iOS 8 features that are sure to appeal to both enterprise users and IT admins alike.

TOPICS: Mobility, Apple

There's little doubt that Apple is eyeing the BYOD and enterprise markets, and with iOS 8 scheduled to be released this fall, the company will be in the best position yet to push more iPhones and iPads towards enterprise users.

Here are eight features that are sure to appeal to both enterprise users and IT admins alike.

S/MIME mail encryption

Built-in support for S/MIME means that companies will be able to sign and encrypt email messages on a per-message basis, helping to keep them away from prying eyes.

(Source: Apple)

Passcode for more apps

In iOS 7, Apple added the ability for the Mail app, along with other third-party apps, to be secured with their own passcode. In iOS 8, Apple has built on this feature and spread it to Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages.

Device enrollment

Now when a company buys in a crate of iPads of iPhones, each device can be set up automatically with corporate apps, security policies, PDFs, ebooks and so on without even having to remove them from the box.

This replaces a cumbersome system where each device had to be set up individually.

Improved email support

Email is at the heart of business, and Apple has worked hard to give both IT admins and end users the tools they need to get the job done. In the iOS 8 Mail app, Apple has added the ability to mark messages as read or unread or to flag them for follow-up with a swipe to the left or right. Users can also flag individual mail threads as VIP so they can better keep up with the conversation. There is also a custom mailbox that brings VIP threads together.

Additionally, messages from external email addresses can be marked in red to improve security, and Exchange users can set automatic reply messages from their iOS devices to be sent, for example, when they're away on vacation.

(Source: Apple)

Broader cloud support

While iOS 7 worked well with iCloud, using other cloud storage providers could be a real pain. In iOS 8, Apple has added support for other cloud storage vendors, including Box and Microsoft's OneDrive.

(Source: Apple)

Better Calendar collaboration

New improved Calendar allows users to see their coworker's availability when scheduling a meeting, as well as email the attendees right from the app.

However, if you want to keep stuff secret you can now mark events as private.

Also, with iOS 8 it is now easier to create events that repeat at custom intervals and lengths of time, such as on the first Monday of the month.

Data management

IT admins can now control which apps can open documents downloaded from enterprise domains using Safari. Rules can also be set up to control which apps can be used to open documents downloaded from iCloud Drive.

Additionally, a new networking framework in iOS 8 opens up the possibility for third-party networking developers to create powerful content-filtering tools.


Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback

With iOS 8, users can wirelessly connect their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to an Apple TV device without first connecting to the company network, making presentations much simpler.

(Source: Apple)

Topics: Mobility, Apple

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  • Progress

    Funny how many of these features BlackBerry has had for years. Nothing can touch the level of Exchange support in BlackBerry.

    You should note while device enrollment sounds wonderful it is only for devices purchased through Apple. I'd wager most companies are like ours and buy all devices through a wireless carrier due to the discounting we receive. As always Apple offers little to no incentives even with large purchases.

    While I appreciate the password features it has a huge negative effect of usability and in the case where the Mail App and other PIM Apps are "Secured" you will hear about it from unhappy users who use these same Apps for their personal accounts.

    So no - this will not help BYOD (which is dying) - it will help corporate deployed iOS get more traction on BlackBerry which I find ironic as the more "secure" iOS becomes the more users will revolt against it as we are re-creating the restricted, security device BlackBerry that they all hated.

    So with iOS you have two options:

    1. Go the sandbox route and secure corporate Apps and resources with additional security. This has a heavy impact on user functionality as you limit the other Apps they can access corporate documents with (Attachments). Many companies adopt this model now.

    2. Use the iOS API to enforce additional security at the device and OS level which impact the users device and in the case of BYOD will be seen as too much control and "big brother" for most people. Thus the on going preferred model of using a "work" mobile device and personal device for everything else. Entering a password each time you access an App is awful.
    • What does that tell you?

      "Funny how many of these features BlackBerry has had for years."

      How did that work out for them? It seems like RIM was counting on these features to keep their lead while Apple was recognizing them as nice but non-critical.

      I agree that Apple needs to walk a fine line with enterprise support, however.
      • YES. BlackBerry has had most of these features for years ...

        ... but, through mismanagement, they fell behind. BES was a very attractive solution before everybody without a RIM partnership adopted MS ActiveSync. Now MS ActiveSync is a more cost-effective solution.

        I was one of the last hold-outs in my office. I stuck with BlackBerry to the bitter end but when my employer announced the retirement of BES (2015) I jumped to Windows Phone and I have never looked back! I see a lot of colleagues with WP (Nokia) or Android (Galaxy) and a diminishing number of iPhones.

        Windows Phone is now #3 (ahead of BlackBerry) and Apple is finally responding to serious competition from Samsung and Microsoft.
        M Wagner
        • BES 10 is all ActiveSync

          Sounds like your office was on BES 5 - BES 10 is full ActiveSync and actually supports more ActiveSync API than Apple.

          BlackBerry 10 is my daily driver and using email and PIM and any other platform is sparse and clunky.
        • Competition in the Enterprise is still from BlackBerry

          Sorry. Samsung is frankly terrifying for its security vulnerabilities, even in BYOD scenarios, and in the enterprise, and not the consumer space, BlackBerry is still ahead of WP, as to this date, it is still the only truly secure phone.
          • If MS integrates mobile software into their server software

            then any hope of a BB comeback is dead.
            new gawker
    • Progress 2

      Funny how many of these features iOS has also had for years too.

      like s/mime support for emails which was introduced at iOS 5.

      Yes, it is extended at iOS 8, but you wouldn't know that from the article, and obviously leads the the impression that it is being introduced.

      Bring your own device is dying? What a shame. Just when Blackberry needed it to stay in the party.

      Though of course BYOD isn't dying at all. That is Blackberry. Down 94.5%, 3 CEOs, and still bleeding money.
      Henry 3 Dogg
      • Actually it is

        Companies are now pushing employees to COPE model. Makes more sense as they have the control they wish over these devices. Employees do not like their personal device managed and they really don't like the cost associated with BYOD if the company is not picking up any cost.

        So yes - at many companies BYOD is dying but your company may vary based on policy and compensation etc.
        • Actually it isn't

          At many companies BYOD is dying out. True. But how many.

          At many companies BYOD is only just getting started, and from what I see that number exceeds the ones where it's dying out.

          BYOD overall seems fit and well.

          Personally I've seen very little COPE. It's always hard to but the genie back in the bottle.

          Where I have seen COPE, it's with a choice of devices and that choice will continue to put nails in the coffin of Blackberry.

          Your company may differ.
          Henry 3 Dogg
          • Maturity?

            I think it really comes down to each companies maturity supporting for BYOD and what they are enabling. I think BYOD is fairly easy to execute for simple email and PIM .. once you move to collaboration and other uses (3rd party Apps) it gets sticky and even more so when the device is not corporate liable and you wish to secure and restrict these things - that then has a negative user experience and employees start to question BYOD.

            Enforcing a password and timeout is one thing - enforcing how and which Apps I can use is another - thus the COPE model becoming the more desired offering. You also have the cost side of this where employees are increasing sensitive to the cost shift of owning and supporting their own IT. It's great for tech savvy users but many would rather have a fully supported corporate device and not merge there personal device and usage.

            We're 4 years into our BYOD program and COPE is adopting is outpacing due to these and other factors.
    • App PINs & Security

      MobileAdmin: "While I appreciate the password features it has a huge negative effect of usability.."

      That might have been true on a BB, but the iPhone 5S has (and future iOS devices almost certainly will have even better) fingerprint recognition that works, unlike the fingerprint recognition on the similarly priced Samsung S5.

      This eliminates your "usability" concerns almost completely, while keeping sandboxed security at the app level.
    • Blackberry shot themselves in the foot..

      by not integrating BES 10 into their older BES. We had to build a second server to upgrade people to the new blackberries. So slowly but surely we just implemented a byod program. Yes BB is the most secure and the email system on the z10 is pretty great. But the rest of the phone is archaic.
      new gawker
      • Don't agree

        Was spinning up another virtual server really that much of an impact?

        What other infrastructure does anyone ever do an in place upgrade? Almost every major corporate solution you install the new server and slowly migrate users. I know many companies are smaller and have limited budget but it's not that big of an issue.

        Almost everything on the legacy BlackBerry has been updated on BB10, the lone thing missing is Google Services support. You're basically running a secure OS that is Android Jelly Bean compatible. Browser - improved, tweaks to email, calendar, contacts. BBM with WiFi and Video calling etc etc.

        The main issue is the perception they are going out of business which has been said for the past 4 years.
  • Nah

    I don't see anything released in iOS 8 as being especially useful for BYOD.

    Everything Apple released is geared at keeping customers within Apple's walled garden. For example, the iCloud stuff only begrudgingly works with Windows, and doesn't work at all with Android. On the other hand, Microsoft OneDrive works with everything -- including iOS.

    I suppose the cross-app communications stuff could eventually be exploited by third parties to help with BYOD, but that remains to be seen.

    The calendar and e-mail support helps a bit, but BYOD is mostly about file usage, sharing and collaboration.
    • non-existent issue

      don't uses icloud at all; Google Drive covers most of my collaboration/sharing/editing needs. + SFTP/FTP, or slack, or jira, there are plenty of excellent options. This is the internet era, is all about collaboration/communication, and IOS excels in that area.
      • lol

        Doesn't use iCloud at all? You sound fairly clueless. The rest of your statements are similarly odd. lol
        • and you seems quite smart there!

          so please explain what we are missing the ones not using icloud, I'm all ears!

      • One word... iMessage

        How do I use iMessage on Android? Gee, let me think... um.. I don't. In fact, every effort to bring iMessage to a platform other than Apple has been sued out of existence. I mean, this is essentially a free service so why not make it for everyone?

        Then, of course, there is iMessage, iBooks, iTunes and anything else with an "i" in front of it. None of them work on any other device (save Windows for iTunes because Apple had no choice at the time).

        To be fair, they will have to become a collaboration company when they wane as a leader and Android (or maybe Microsoft again since they are starting to really make some cool stuff) really takes over the US mobile market.

        I don't know any company that actually integrates iOS into their company. Sure, you can bring in an iPad, put it on the guest iOS, link to web mail (just like anyone can with any device ever), but to be placed on the actual domain and deliver custom apps written only for the company? I don't think so. There are some, I'm sure, but no place I've ever consulted for. Its not cost effective. Its way cheaper to buy someone a Surface Pro and tell them to join the party like everyone else. That doesn't mean Surface is the best device of all time or anything, its just that it runs all that multi-million dollar the company already built and is maintaining without having to do anything to or for that device specifically.
        A Gray
      • can you bluetooth it to me?

        Oh yeh sure if you are airdrop compatible.
        Bluetooth file transfer profile is a perfectly practical protocol for ad hoc file exchange between devices and Apple is the only one that can't.
  • The reasons are too weak for iOS8

    Here are few reasons why Windows tablets to be a big HIT with BYOD.

    1. Windows 8 is the most powerful OS to be available on a tablet.
    2. Serious work can be done on Windows tablets.
    3. Enterprise will love it
    4. Android is not allowed in 400 meter radius of an enterprise because of security mess.
    5. Devices at various price points are available.
    6. Best of the class cloud support.
    7. Super integration with enterprise software.
    8 Windows To Go
    9. It has a USB port.
    10. Multi monitor support