Along with last week’s release of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus also came the much anticipated release of Apple’s iOS 8 mobile device operating system. While there has been much hype and mania over the release of the iPhone 6 itself, much less has been made over the release of i0S 8.
iOS 8 has been described as a heavy ‘under the hood’ upgrade to iOS 7 with features that, admittedly, have been present on Android devices in one form or another for several generations. These include actionable notifications and the ability to install third party input keyboards. However, the question remains…will iOS 8 be enough to cut into Android’s lead given Android’s most recent move into populous India? Not if Samsung has anything to say about it.
The questions remains…what happens to all of the users who are dependent on iOS 7? Apple has a well-known habit of throwing software over the wall as shown with its 8.0.1 release. This has caused headaches for many IT departments that have become dependent on iPhones as a replacement for a traditional Blackberry Enterprise Server and devices.
However one would point out that in a time not so long ago the installation of BES on a corporate environment was considered a radicle change. What many iPhone advocates fail to point out is that unlike the BES, Apple offers no control over its product offerings. When the release date comes around, you’d best get on board or be left in the dust.
The iPhone might be viable replacement for management of a BES like system, but how do organizations such as the Pentagon cope with problem releases like 8.0.1 . A possible answer comes in the form of the installation of a third party Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution. Much like a traditional BES, these MDMs can allow IT department s greater control and peace of mind over their mobile devices.
In today’s changing mobile environment, an MDM solution, while maybe not the most cost effective options, could be the way to go in the long run as security and document management become integrated into the realm of the mobile device.