My interest in the new iPhone 6, iOS 8 and the upcoming Apple Watch is more than just personal. I’m part of the team responsible for enabling “MobileFirst” for 435,000+ IBM employees world-wide.
- Expanded data protection
- Automatic reply (e.g. out of the office), calendar free/busytime search, swipe, drag to flag, mark and delete e-mails, per message S/MIME, VIP thread. Many enterprises run the business on email and saving just a few seconds each time a user checks e-mail can add up.
- iCloud Drive. Includes the ability to access files from both iOS and OS/X without creating duplicates by copying to multiple iOS applications (containers). In addition, Apple is including storage provider extensions in iOS 8 for any app to connect to storage providers (e.g. Dropbox, OneDrive etc.). This feature also introduces security issues with storing confidential, corporate data on the cloud.
- Increased inter-app functionality and usability such as the ability to annotate a PDF file from within the mail application.
- API for Touch ID allows integration with applications for authentication. Today, Touch ID is only used to unlock the device and making iTunes purchases. IBM enforces a device password on mobile devices but also supports Touch ID to unlock the iPhone 5S which is a huge productivity gain for users. The alternative is entering an 8-digit, alphanumeric password after 15 minutes of inactivity. It will be great to be able to use Touch ID as an alternative to entering passwords for both enterprise and consumer applications. This feature will become even more useful when Apple releases new iPads with Touch ID
- A new programming language, Swift, compliments Objective-C and should make it even easier for application developers to create mobile applications quickly.