Monday, June 10, 2013

Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote

Earlier today, Apple kicked off their annual World-Wide Developer Conference, or WWDC, in San Francisco, CA.   While I didn't attend, I did watch the keynote remotely on my AppleTV via the new Apple "Events" app.   The full video of the keynote is available online and well as a video with the new features of iOS 7.

The first hour focused on the Mac, and the second hour focused on iOS.  I was most interested in iOS from two perspectives - personal and business.  Key features:
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • New Mac Pro
  • iOS 7.  New features include a redesigned look and feel, control center, notification center, camera, photos, AirDrop, Safari, iTunes Radio, Siri
While Apple didn't mention much of the new iOS features from a business perspective, I found more details on Apple's website:

"iOS 7 includes many new features designed to make it easier for businesses to put iOS devices in the hands of employees. Features such as better protection of work and personal data, management of app licenses, seamless enrollment in Mobile Device Management, wireless app configuration, enterprise single sign-on support, and default data protection forthird-party apps."

Another feature that was mentioned at the very end of the iOS keynote was "App VPNs."   I'm looking to find out more information about these features in the coming week.

Update 11 June: A great article published by CITEWorld has details on additional enterprise features targeted for the iOS 7 release this fall.

Updated 12 June: A great article from IBM CIO security expert Bill Tworek who is attending WWDC and his impressions of the new enterprise features

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