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What iOS 4 Does (and Doesn't Do) For Business 253

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snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman investigates what businesses can expect from Apple's new iOS 4. Multitasking, the biggest new capability, is for now simply a promise, as apps will need to be retrofitted to make use of the capability. The other big new capability for IT, a set of APIs that allow BlackBerry-like management of the iPhone, such as auditing of policies and apps, over-the-air provisioning of apps without iTunes, and over-the-air configuration and policy management, also remains in the realm of promise, as the various mobile management tools that have been reworked to take advantage of the new iOS 4 capabilities won't be available until July or later. And despite the fact that email works more as it does on the desktop, iOS 4 still fails to deliver several email capabilities key to business users, including zipped attachment management, junk mail filtering, message rules, and message flagging."
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What iOS 4 Does (and Doesn't Do) For Business

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  • by unsmashed (530825) on Tuesday June 22, 2010 @12:12PM (#32654406)

    One thing I miss is the ability to do different notifications based on filters / profiles set up. The Blackberry can do this by flagging certain messages as a "Level 1 Notification" and then you can set normal messages to come in quietly, but Level 1 messages can vibrate, ring, whatever you configure it to do. It's great to get notified when your boss or superior email you, but let the other 200 emails a day just collect quietly.

    The other feature I wish existed is when I reply to a message on my iPhone, that it shows up in Outlook as replied to (via the Exchange ActiveSync). Without it, there's sometimes confusion whether I've replied to this or not when reviewing the emails on my desktop.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 22, 2010 @12:22PM (#32654520)

    Apple calls it 'Multitasking done right'.

    To anyone who's done multitasking, background threading, cron jobs and such, it's not even close. Only 1 app-type gets anything resembling multitasking. It reminds me of a hacked up and crippled PalmOS paradigm. If you're an iOS developer, you'll know what I'm talking about, read the docs, Apple thinks you're a typical VB hacker ready to abuse the system, i.e. they don't trust you to be a good programmer, that's the tone of the API docs--seriously. If you're not a dev, didn't sign the NDA, well, you're considered sheep, so believe the marketing and take the blue pill. Otherwise, you'll actually need to ante up the $99/$299 to take the red pill.

  • Re:The mac (Score:5, Interesting)

    by nine-times (778537) <> on Tuesday June 22, 2010 @12:49PM (#32654910) Homepage

    Yeah, I got kind of sold on the "it's even better than the iPhone" Android hype and got myself an HTC Incredible. Now obviously this is a matter of personal needs and personal preference, but I now consider that purchase to be a mistake.

    For one thing, and this is only the most blatant problem, the damned thing crashes all the time. It's not too bad, but I feel it vibrate in my pocket, and when I check the phone, it's rebooting. But all in all, it's a pretty minor problem.

    The bigger problem, though more subtle, is that the UI design is kind of a mess. I don't mean "the GUI is not pretty", but that the user interaction is unclear. For example, calendar events pop up in the notification area, but if you clear that notification, you have not dismissed it; it will pop up again in a couple minutes. Or there's a "favorites" widget for your favorite contacts that notifies you when those contacts' Facebook status has been updated, but if you press on that notification, it immediately calls that contact.

    More generally, a lot of the user interaction is hidden in context menus and under the menu button. It's sometimes unclear what hitting a given button will actually do. I feel like I'm constantly jumping through hoops to get the damned thing to do what I want.

    To my mind, it doesn't matter "who did it first". The question is, right now, what's the best phone you can buy. As far as I'm concerned, the iPhone is it.

  • by Late Adopter (1492849) on Tuesday June 22, 2010 @01:01PM (#32655028)

    The problem lies wherein you want an API to do something, and it doesn't.

    FTFY. This isn't in any way a new problem. Witness Hildon/Maemo, and Android. They all have approaches for handling multiple user-interfacing applications and how they interact with power management. Apple has chosen an approach, and it looks good enough for 99% of use cases. Everyone who is still complaining at this point will continue to do so until they get real preemptive multithreading, which is not necessarily wise to allow for arbitrary apps on a mobile platform.

    Even more generally than all that: An API does something, but you want it to do something else? Name me an API that *doesn't* have that problem. Combating feature creep and having a consistent and sensible development paradigm is really *hard*, and it looks like Apple is serious about it.

  • Re:The mac (Score:2, Interesting)

    by imthesponge (621107) on Tuesday June 22, 2010 @10:38PM (#32661046)

    That Apple logo costs a lot of money. That's why it matters.

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