Jonny Evans

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6 months using Office and a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple introduced the first iteration of its MacBook Pro with Touch Bar a few months ago. Microsoft soon put Touch Bar support in Office for Mac apps. I’ve used both for several months and with a new Touch Bar Mac now available and Microsoft’s implementation clearly past beta, I thought it might be useful to discuss my experience using both together.

The MacBook Pro w. Touch Bar

With the exception of one weird, now discredited, Laptop story, Apple’s new computer received overwhelmingly positive reviews when introduced.

[Also read: 10+ Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar tips.]

It’s certainly not the cheapest laptop you can buy, but in the months I’ve used one I’ve been consistently impressed by its stability, performance, and superb high-resolution display. I never really bought into ‘dongle-gate’, I’ve rarely had to worry about this at all, beyond storage. Thunderbolt 3’s ability to handle both input and output, as well as power supply, mean this is a much more flexible interconnect than what it replaces. Battery life has also been stable, though I have seen conflicting reports on this.

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Apple is ‘pervasive in the enterprise,’ says IBM

While there remain some industry observers that cling to rapidly diminishing arguments against such deployment, “Apple devices are already pervasive in the enterprise,” Mahmoud Naghshineh, General Manager, Offerings and Solutions, IBM, told me.

The iOS enterprise is here

Naghshineh spoke to me as IBM expands its MobileFirst iOS for the enterprise scheme. He echoes Mike Brinker, Global Digital Leader, Deloitte Digital, who last year called Apple’s products “essential to the modern enterprise”.

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Apple’s profound iPhone plans for healthcare

A report today once again confirms Apple is interested in making your iPhone the center of your electronic health records (EHR) data. What’s going on, and why does this matter?

Take a Gliimpse

Apple last year acquired Gliimpse, an electronic health records development company. When news of the purchase broke, I suggested this marked the company’s interest in developing its own EHR systems, and this has been confirmed by CNBC.

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8 big improvements in Apple’s High Sierra Safari browser

Coming soon in High Sierra, Apple has packed the next edition of its Safari 11 browser with interesting new tools and features you’ll need to know about, with speed improvements alone once again making it a strong competitor to Chrome. Enterprise users can also look forward to friction-free cross-platform video conferencing with the release.

Performance enhanced

Apple claims its browser “significantly” outperforms Chrome and Firefox in benchmark tests. Speaking at WWDC, Apple’s Craig Federeghi claimed the browser to be an impressive 80 percent faster in JavaScript performance, promising performance will be even further enhanced when High Sierra ships.

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10 reasons macOS High Sierra is good for the enterprise

In this report, we provide a top level insight into some of the key enterprise-useful enhancements within Apple’s forthcoming Mac operating system, High Sierra.

What is High Sierra?

The fourteenth major version of Apple’s Mac operating system, High Sierra is currently going through beta testing in order to ship this fall. The OS (aka macOS 10.13) has a range of under-the-hood technology improvements, including an all-new 64-bit Apple File System. This has its own useful consequences for enterprise users, including speed, performance, and security.

Configuration improvements

Tens of thousands of Macs will be deployed across enterprises this year. Apple has taken some big steps to try to make it easier for enterprise IT to manage large Mac deployments with a range of management and configuration improvements. Some I’ve discussed in more detail below, but deployment should be eased with the introduction of 802.1X ethernet configuration, firmware password and user account management tools, and the ability to delay software updates for up to 90-days so IT crews can test these releases.

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Apple takes on Facebook with its own Messages Bots

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WWDC 2017: An enterprise perspective on Apple’s iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 will bring a range of improvements to iOS-using enterprises. Big iPad improvements and ARKit have multiple implications,  but I’ve looked at some of the many other iOS 11 enhancements enterprises may enjoy, rather than  focus on those.

The 32-bit problem

Enterprise chiefs must now take steps to ensure their existing iOS apps are 64-bit, as Apple will terminate support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. The company has been warning of this plan since 2016, and it hits with iOS 11, when 32-bit apps will no longer launch. Take stock of your existing iOS app deployments now to ensure critical software isn’t impacted by the change. On its side, Apple has planned for this and most existing kit should work fine with iOS 11, though the iPhone 5 and 5c and older and iPad 4 and older will not be supported. (List of supported devices). Apple plans to end support for 32-bit apps on Macs in 2018.

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WWDC 2017: Everything you need to know about Apple and AR

“We are high on AR for the long run, we think there’s great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, July 2016.

As I expected, Apple has introduced a powerful partnership and platform play to kick-start AR experience creation and distribution across its systems.

The company shared many of the details of its approach at WWDC 2017. This will have a big impact across consumer, creative, and enterprise markets so I thought it would be useful to put together what we know so far.

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements: First thoughts for the enterprise

Apple at WWDC 2017 made a wealth of announcements, many of which are likely of interest to enterprise users, these spanned iPads, iOS 11, AI, payments and, of course, Augmented Reality (AR).

What follows is a short first stop look at some of the news enterprise users may find interesting. I’ll provide more depth later this week.

The big opportunity: ARKit

While at face value you might see ARKit as being similar to Facebook’s Camera Effects, you’d be missing something.

Not only has Apple done years of groundwork to make sure these tools will work on tens of millions of devices, but its users are happy to cough up cash to engage in these experiences.

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WWDC: iPad’s big advantage: engagement

Engagement. That’s a big advantage Apple has with its iPad, and that’s why enterprises should take another look at the platform, particularly in light of claims it will gain a more productive file system in iOS 11.

Flipboard tells it like it is

Flipboard has been monitoring how Apple devices are used on its platform. It has found that people using an iPad spend about 50 percent more time in their apps than they do when using iPhones. They estimate that iPad users spend about 22-minutes in app every single day, in contrast to 15-minutes on an iPhone.

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Trump loses tech over Paris Agreement decision

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Apple has paid App Store devs over $70 billion

Apple is shameless. It can’t help but to share landmark statistics, such as today’s news that developers on its platforms have earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008.

And still growing

We know other mobile platforms are growing too, but surely Apple’s fading iOS empire has reached its zenith? Not so, Apple states, confirming that App Store downloads have “grown over 70 percent”.

[Also read: WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT]

The range of apps driving good business for Apple’s developer community continues to expand. Games and entertainment remain the top-grossing apps categories, but education, training, and a range of other apps are growing in importance. The company revealed a few interesting stats to reflect this:

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7 ways to take control of Auto-correct on iPad and iPhone

Every iOS device includes auto-correct and predictive text features, which try to make sure you spell words correctly. These are great for most general writing, but are a problem when using complex industry specific terms.

This short guide will help you train autocorrect to handle the vocabulary of your industry. It is useful for enterprise users, medical practitioners, educators and anyone else who needs to use non-standard vocabulary.

Covfefe what you type

Metalanguage is a word. It basically describes the language we use to talk about language. The word ‘adjective’ is a metalanguage word. The term is also used to describe industry-specific words, such as ‘omnichannel’ in retail, or ‘handoff’ on a Mac. The problem with the spelling dictionaries included in iOS is that they while they are pretty accurate for most common words, they have no idea at all about industry-specific words, such as ‘covfefe’.

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Why CIOs must understand Apple’s Neural Engine plan

One day, soon, your Apple iPhone will be able to figure out when you’re going to get sick, will book itself in for servicing when faults develop, will let you know if it picks up a virus, and will be able to figure out if the person you are sharing data with is authorized to see that information. CIOs should begin to think about how this level of machine intelligence may impact their business.

Intelligent machines

Apple is allegedly developing a Neural Engine chip, which will be dedicated to performing artificial intelligence (AI) computation on mobile devices.

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Apple’s iPad gains drag-&-drop and a Finder-like file system

Apple leads the mobile enterprise and consumers, prosumers, and enterprise users all have high hopes for its iPads, but one thing we haven’t yet had is support for drag-&-drop between apps on the tablet.

Things have changed

Independent developer, Readdle, has updated its suite of productivity products to support drag-&-drop between themselves. This means users of Scanner ProPDF ExpertSpark and Documents can shift items between these apps using drag, drop, and touch – what could be more intuitive? The developers see this as a highly logical next step when using iPad Split View mode. I imagine many iPad users would agree.

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