While iOS 9 boasted “under the hood” improvements that would increase productivity and enhance user experiences, the OS generated renewed fanfare around Apple’s enterprise customer focus. As per Apple, iOS9 has achieved the fastest adoption rate of any operating system to date. Though critics complain Apple has picked up enhancements from other platforms, this is nonetheless great news for iOS users. In this blog we will focus of some of key iOS9 enterprise productivity enhancements.
First and foremost, multitasking has finally arrived for iOS (well, for newer iPad versions, anyway).
- Slide Over – Swipe left from the right edge and a list of apps appears in a right-hand sidebar. Select one and the app opens inside the sidebar. This could be useful for pulling references from notes or for gathering data from any other resource to insert into an email.
- Split View – While Slide Over is useful, Split View takes it one step further, letting users work on two apps simultaneously on the same screen. A powerful feature, though screen real state may be a concern (not to mention it only works on iPad Air 2 and above).
- Picture-in-Picture – This feature lets users watch videos while working in Mail, Notes, Excel, etc. The video plays in a small window that floats atop the active app. A good (productive) use-case is the ability to refer to notes, email or PowerPoint while on a FaceTime video call.
Now let’s look at the improvements to core apps like Mail, Calendar and Notes—where most enterprise mobile journeys began.
- Annotate images and/or PDF attachment with text, shapes or signature without leaving Mail. This can help when highlighting and returning marked-up images to clients, customers, etc. or when using along with multitasking features such as PiP to return annotated documents in real-time while enjoying some quality FaceTime.
- Attach or save to/from iCloud Drive (or other document provider).
- Scan email to identify phone numbers not in a user’s Contacts.
- Add photos to notes, pulling from Camera or Camera Roll.
- Use Notes as a checklist.
- Write on-screen with a finger.
- Save items directly to Notes from other apps via the Share menu.
Remember back when Google Maps was Apple’s only service provider for Map info? All that changed with iOS 6 when Apple launched its own Mapping service on September 19, 2012, though copious bugs and inaccurate data sent many users back to Google.
Apple has again updated its mapping services as part of iOS 9, introducing a series of improvements and new features, including much-awaited public transport directions:
- Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities
- Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more.
- Apple Pay support indicated on place cards at participating retail locations
In addition to these, many additional user productivity features were included such as enhanced search, contextualized Siri interactions, enhanced battery management features, enhanced keyboard and many more.
While it’s too early to quantify the impact these new features have had on employee productivity; It is quite evident Apple recognizes the need to improve enterprise-user productivity on iOS devices.
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Senior Director at HCL Technologies