There are at least a couple of ways Cisco says the partners can boost mobile performance for iOS devices in the workplace. For one thing, they will be able to prioritize data traffic by application. For example, on a hospital network, a doctor's videoconference with a patient on an iPad would get priority over a cat video being sent by a patient in the next room, so the videoconference would stream normally.
There will also be ways to detect and streamline demanding data flows on the network, like big software updates or content that every student in a classroom has to download. Those could involve caching the content in storage that's built into the network near the users requesting it, Trollope said. Keeping data nearby cuts down on the number of packets going through routers and switches deeper in the network.
The partnership may also make the infrastructure already in offices, like desk phones and speaker phones, more useful through Apple devices. For example, users may someday be able to make a call on a speaker phone just by tapping on a contact's number on an iPhone rather than entering the number all over again on the speaker phone.
Cisco also plans to develop experiences in its collaboration tools, such as Spark, Telepresence and WebEx, that are optimized for iOS.
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