Apple brings the enterprise new levels of security, accessibility, and productivity

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The days of iOS are gone – for the iPad, that is. Apple officially announced the device would receive its own specialized OS, dubbed (of course) iPadOS.

This was just the start.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 featured one major announcement after another, including the unveiling of the new Mac Pro, the new Apple Pro Display XDR, and the following OS updates: iOS 13, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

How will each of these announcements impact your organization? Here’s a look at the biggest takeaways from WWDC and what they mean for you.

iPadOS makes iPads a whole lot more productive

iPadOS shares the same kernel and UI elements as iOS, but it’s worthy of the new name. It has everything from cosmetic changes, like a better layout of icons on the home screen, to productivity boosters like new gestures for copy, paste, and undo, and a split screen view for apps that allows you to look at two emails at the same time, for example. Best of all, the iPad now supports external storage.

iPadOS also brings a new feature called Sidecar, which turns an iPad into a second screen for a Mac, replete with Touch Bar and Apple Pencil support. With an iPad, a Mac, and an Apple Pencil, creatives can draw directly on their Mac screen, with extensive support from major creative software vendors, such as Adobe. All of these features make the iPad an even more robust enterprise tool.

Apple emphasizes accessibility

Apple prioritized accessibility with the new versions of each OS.

Voice Control builds upon the voice-based commands that Apple has been using for years, and expands them to both set commands and context-specific ones so that users who can’t tap a screen or type an email can get their work done by talking to their device.

iOS 13 and iPadOS introduced mouse support for the first time, allowing users to navigate their iPhone or iPad without the touchscreen.

All the accessibility updates allow more users to get the most out of Apple devices, and can make your workforce more productive overall.

Your privacy is important to us…

Apple continues to focus on privacy, now offering a single sign-on option to compete with similar offerings from Google and Facebook. Apple’s solution is designed to surrender as little data as possible about a user, and won’t even share your email with third-party sites if you don’t want to.

The new OSes are getting security upgrades as well. macOS Catalina will store system files in a read-only partition to protect the integrity of the operating system from malware. That’ll also make it easier to reset a Mac. In addition, Apple increased the number of permissions for apps that write data, record your screen, and perform other sensitive tasks.

All about refinement

Some of the biggest changes to iOS 13 are incremental. Under the hood, iOS 13 adds a boost of speed to apps and devices. Apple reported it would speed Face ID unlocking by 30% and launch apps twice as fast, not to mention speed up app downloads and reduce the amount of space they take up. That’s in addition to several other upgrades that will add some zip and could save battery life as well.

It’s time to test

Of course, with change comes the need for testing. Before your organization rolls out the new iOS, iPadOS, or macOS, test some of your workflows with the new beta software – public betas will be available in the coming months, though no specific release date has been set.

Once it is, outfit some of your power users with the new operating systems as a real-world test group. Get to know what support you might need, and how the changes might affect your other users. Unfortunately, not enough organizations prioritize this step, and it comes back to haunt them in the long run. The time to take control of beta testing the new operating systems is now.

Apple’s moving forward quickly. We encourage you to do the same.

Learn more about everything announced at Apple WWDC 2019 by contacting your SHI account executive today.

Marsha Garrison contributed to this post.