The anticipation around the office was palpable last week – Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is an exciting time for all of us at Jamf. We as an office tuned in live to listen to many of the sessions and exchanged notes on what most piqued our enthusiasm. Here are my top four takeaways of WWDC, pulled from a recent interview with Apple World Today, and how they’ll impact the future of the world in which we live, work and play.
1. Today, 81 percent of more than a billion iPhones are running the latest release.
This is staggering! There are three key outcomes from this. First, customers benefit because they can get to all Apple innovations quickly after they are announced. Second, the enterprise is able to support users more easily, as having users on the same release of software is more secure, reduces user uniqueness and improves user-driven enterprise conformity. Third, it becomes an absolute necessity to work with a trusted management provider that fully tests new operating systems PRIOR to general availability.
2. Any app can expose quick actions to Siri.
I wrote a blog post last year about how three women empower me to manage my life – my wife Jenny, my executive assistant, Paula, and Siri. This update is going to open up amazing potential. Siri will be the verbal front end for services in education, hospitality and frankly, across all requests within a business environment.
3. The next release of macOS is Mojave.
I’m really excited about Mojave. macOS probably has the greatest user loyalty of any OS in history. With Microsoft transforming into a cloud company – and caring less about owning the client – the opportunity has never been bigger for Apple to win massive market share with the Mac.
This release includes a number of powerful features for end users, as Jamf product guru Nick Thompson outlined in a recent blog post.
4. Apple Business Manager is here.
I’ll end on something we’re also especially excited about here at Jamf – Apple Business Manager. The launch of Apple Business Manager makes it easier than ever before for organizations to put Apple devices in workers’ hands by empowering IT administrators at commercial organizations to manage device deployment, purchase apps and books in volume, and manage roles for their organization within one portal. Jamf Pro 10.3 provided support for Apple Business Manager Beta, and with the U.S. launch last week, Jamf Pro users are able to perform zero-touch enrollment and volume distribution of apps and books more easily than ever before.
Want to see the full list of what I’m most excited about from WWDC? Check out my recent interview in Apple World Today.