What New iOS13 and iPadOS Mean for the Enterprise

Christoffer Shokofan Taudien

Christoffer Shokofan Taudien

CEO at eConnectivity AB

The new iPadOS, coming in September 2019, is a game changer in Apple’s overall strategy as the iPad is going the last mile to being a super-lightweight laptop. Apple are also introducing new identity management and enrollment features that pave the way for advanced mobile device management practices and enable businesses to implement viable enterprise mobility management solutions. 

Businesses will also benefit from new iOS13 functionality that make it easier for system administrators to separate iOS features for corporate and personal use, enabling the easier implementation of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies and wider use of such policies. These new enterprise-aimed features will be of even greater importance to businesses as Apple extends their lead on the market for tablets.Source: Statista

But let’s explore the advantages that iOS13 and iPadOS bring to the table in more detail.

Major New Features in iOS 13

Overall, Apple are introducing a dozen of new features in the new iOS 13, aimed at enabling admins to implement a wider device strategy aimed at mobile workers. 

  • Data separation for BYOD use-cases allows for a new method of management where system administrators can keep corporate data protected while maintaining user privacy. There is no need to wipe an entire device in case it is lost or stolen, for instance.
  • Authentication for device enrollment where you can deliver custom content during automated device enrollment for better security and delivery of personalized information.
  • Create and manage Apple IDs used by employees, giving them access to services like iCloud Drive and iCloud Notes where employees can have two versions of drive storage and note-taking functionality – one for corporate and one for personal use.
  • Single signon extension that enable the use of APIs by identity providers integrated with the internal identity management system e.g Active Directory, this will make it easier and more secure for app developers to allow users log in to apps and websites using the security of Face ID and Touch ID.

Those are the most important iOS13 innovations for enterprises but you should also know that Apple are empowering mobile users with much more productivity and enterprise mobility management options.

New Enterprise Features in iPadOS

Both system administrators, developers and end-users can take advantage of a number of new iPadOS features for enterprise customers.

  • Adding of attachments to calendar events.
  • More text formatting options in Mail.
  • Silencing of unknown calls.
  • Wi-Fi selection in Control Center.
  • iMessage and Simultaneous calls on dual SIM.
  • Warnings for weak passwords.
  • Optimized battery charging.
  • Download of large apps over cellular

These are all features aimed primarily at enterprise users and improve both usability and productivity. A major improvement, for instance, is the ability to add a mouse to an iPad as well as a new multitasking feature, which is a major step toward transforming the iPad into a lightweight laptop. You can add an external keyboard in iPadOS, too.

A new Sidecar feature is aimed at enterprise users who use both iPads and Macs for work by connecting iPad apps with the new macOS Catalina. What it means for a mobile worker is that he/she can now take full advantage of the Ipad’s screen, either mirroring or extending the Mac’s desktop, creating a flexible working space.

Apple Pencil is another feature worth noting that would help enterprise users in taking notes and drawing sketches although one should admit that such innovations by other manufacturers have failed in the past. More promising from a business user point of view are the text selection and intelligent text selection features.

The iPad version of the Safari web browser, which now identifies itself as web browser not mobile browser, now supports the desktop version of web apps like Google Docs or WordPress, which is another productivity boost for mobile workers.

Concluding Words

Apple are evidently gearing toward making the iPad a full-featured device for business use-cases as the new iPad also doubles as a charger for other devices, replacing the extra power bank many business users are carrying with them. 

Obviously, the new generation of large-screen iPads are designed with mobile business users in mind while the iPadOS enables wider implementation of BYOD use-cases and offers both enhanced security and productivity functionalities.

For its part, the new iOS13 is a huge improvement over Apple’s existing mobile operating system, enabling enterprises to build and support a more reliable mobile device strategy. The new iOS also allows for building apps with super rich user experience, which is another opportunity for software developers and UX professionals working with Apple’s improved standards.

Having in mind all the innovations in the operating system and at hardware level, we can forecast the new iPad series will give a good run for their money to many laptop models used by business users. Which is a good news as enterprise mobile device strategies rely too much on laptop implementations at the moment.

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