As commentators and consumers digest the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and iOS8 launch, this is a great time to assess what impact the most anticipated Apple release of the year will have on enterprise developers and the opportunities they could offer.
In line with standard Apple practice, the rumor mill ran into overdrive prior to the launch, with feature leaks and reviews of the functionality surfacing on a daily basis. Now that we have all official details on the latest and greatest Apple has to offer, here are my top highlights for how iOS8 can help enterprise developers get the most out of Apple devices:
App extensions will make it easier to add common tasks such as photo editing, storage choices and cloud storage access, custom keyboards and social sharing apps. This not only saves development time, but further standardizes the user experience, which instantly makes the app more appealing to users who expect the same experience from their consumer apps. Users will find the app easier to use when they take a picture with the same camera interface that they see in the camera app they use most of the time.
Apple’s new API kits received the lion’s share of coverage across tech press prior to Apple’s flagship event, and for good reason. They’re a game changer for users and developers alike. Here’s why:
It had been reported that Apple has lined up agreements with the major credit card companies MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, indicating that Apple has launched a mobile payment system, which was confirmed yesterday. Could this be the final piece of the puzzle for a real mobile wallet?
The service will be able to store Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit card information. “Apple said department stores like Macy's and Bloomingdales, drugstores including Walgreen's and Duane Reade, and other stores including McDonald's, Staples, Subway and Whole Foods are participating in Apple Pay” said Mae Anderson, AP Technology
All of these factors lead me to be excited about what the future holds for mobile enterprise development. We’ll be able to advance the abilities of all workers generating positive ROI for our organizations.
With over two decades working with Internet technologies and 12 years working specifically in the mobile industry, Lee Andron has guided more than 35 Fortune 100 companies in their mobile marketing campaigns, corporate mobile sites and mobile apps. Mobile Strategy, Usability, Information Architecture, advanced mobile web, WebApp and app design are all leveraged to develop unique creative solutions to the customer's problems. Andron was one of the early evangelists of HTML5 as a ubiquitous mobile solution and co-authored the book iPhone and iPad Web Design for Dummies.
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