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iOS 8 FAQ: What we know so far about Apple's next-generation mobile OS

Macworld staff | June 4, 2014
Given iOS 7's major visual overhaul last year, it wouldn't have been surprising if Apple decided to take a step back and focus on small under-the-hood improvements in iOS 8. But that didn't happen: iOS 8 looks like it'll be every bit the game-changer that its predecessor was.

What's new for enterprise users?

Apple actually spent a decent amount of time in Monday's keynote going over enterprise improvements — hardly surprising given the iPhone's increased presence in the workplace. For starters, all apps with sensitive data will be protected with a passcode until after the device is unlocked following a reboot; in addition, there will be several perks for Mail users, including signing and encryption for individual messages; external domain email messages distinguished by color; and Exchange automatic reply messages. On the Calendar side, you'll be able to view your colleagues' free/busy information when scheduling meetings; mark events as private; create better custom repeating events; and email meeting attendees.

If your enterprise devices are centrally managed, iOS 8 will give your iT people more advanced remote device management. It'll also make it easier for them to manage user data, filter the apps that can open documents from iCloud Drive, and send books, ePubs, and PDFs to devices automatically.

 

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