Key applications like Fiberlink MaaS360, IBM Traveler, Connections and others had support for Apple iOS 8 the day it was released. Other applications like Sametime chat, Meetings and Worklight had updates available shortly after the release.
Employees began upgrading to iOS 8 on Wednesday, September 17 as soon as employees started receiving the update from Apple. IBM employees in Australia were the first to purchase the new iPhone 6 on Friday, September 19 and enroll their devices in Fiberlink MaaS360 to connect to IBM's corporate infrastructure. To date, there are over 100,000 Apple iOS, Google Android smartphones and tablets enrolled in Fiberlink MaaS360 - the same cloud-based mobile enterprise management solution in use by thousands of clients around the globe.
On a personal note, I've upgraded a total of twelve Apple devices - work, personal and family devices, to iOS 8 without a hitch. My wife upgraded from an iPhone 5 to the new iPhone 6 (AT&T) and I'll be upgrading my corporate owned device in the coming weeks. The changes in the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 are evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. My thoughts:
- Multitasking e-mail allows multiple mail windows to be open simultenously. Just swipe down while creating a new email or reading an email and you can flip between browser windows.
- Autocomplete and the availability of third party keyboards make it easier and faster to type
- Handoff allows you start a task on one device and pick up on another device, While iOS 8 is supported today, for example, you can start to compose an email on an iPhone and pickup on the iPad, integration with OS/X requires Yosemite - currently in beta.
- HealthKit: lots of promise but unfortunately, Apple has temporarily disabled integration with apps as it works through bugs.
- Apply Pay: of the three announcements at Apple's last event (iPhone, Watch, Payments), this was the one that I was most excited about. Inclusion of NFC in the iPhone 6 allows tap to pay and integration with Passbook for secure transactions. Retailers plan to start rolling this out just in time for the holiday shopping season. I can't wait!
- Battery usage of specific apps is now available via Settings - General - Usage so you can tell which apps are using the most battery power
- "Hey Siri" hands free. A welcome feature to activate Siri via voice without having to touch the phone. Required that the Phone/iPad be plugged in and charging
- Family Sharing. As a parent of three kids with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices, I was looking forward to this feature so myself and my wife could be notified of purchase requests from the kids. However, I was disappointed to learn that Family Share doesn't support iTunes Match in the iCloud. Hopefully, this will be addressed in a future release. In the meantime, I'll continue to leverage a single iTunes ID on all the family's devices to share purchased apps and iTunes Match
- Touch ID API. Previously, the fingerprint reader was limited to device passwords and iTunes purchases. Now, you can authenticate with any app using the fingerprint reader that leverages the new API.