While Android OS and devices are steadily making inroads into the business world, Apple reigns supreme, for now.
According to Good Technology’s report, in 2014 Q1, a whopping 93% of enterprise apps were running on iOS. When it comes to tablets, iPad is the choice for 92% of business users. The same report states that iOS activations still dominate the corporate world, accounting for 72% enterprise device activations. On top of it, Apple has partnered with IBM, focusing on improving enterprise mobility experience through collaboration.
Being a company offering premium Enterprise Mobility Services and Mobile Ordering solutions, the launch of a new iOS is always an exciting time for us. On one hand, there’s a lot of (or a bit of) tweaking and upgrading required to make older versions of apps work with the new OS; at the same time, unexpected problems tend to crop up when you upgrade devices and apps to a new operating system.
Needless to say, business users are not untouched by the excitement and hype surrounding launch of new Apple devices and the release of iOS 8. This time (like every other time!), the CIOs, CTOs and IT Managers we work with are fielding demands from employees at every level. They all want the same thing: iOS 8.
But most of them will have to wait a bit. Why? Here are the three most common reasons we heard from our developers, partners and clients:
Mobile developers have been working on upgrading iPhone and iPad apps long before iOS 8 was released, ensuring that existing apps work well with the new OS. Millions of fans wait for new releases with bated breath; so, Apple takes care to ensure that the new OS is free from bugs and defects.
But every major update throws up some or other problems, no matter how hard you try. This time it was the iOS 8.0.1 fiasco. Most enterprise IT Managers don’t want to face the headaches caused by upgrading to an OS that is anything less than stable. Apart from security issues, you also have to battle technical glitches. So, the tendency is to wait until all the kinks in the operating system are ironed out before approving upgrade.
The iOS 8 offers a bunch of business-specific features that enterprise CIOs will love. The CIO may not worry too much about minor bugs and defects in the earliest versions of the iOS. He or she may want to go ahead with the update. But there is a problem: you can’t easily go back to the previous OS in case something goes wrong.
This time round, after the timeframe passed, Apple stopped users from downgrading to the more stable 7.1.2 version. While it is possible to downgrade to 8.0 from the previous versions, the exercise can take too much time and effort. In order to make downgrade possible, files have to be saved at the start (and dozen steps taken) before uploading the new version. For many CIOs who are already overburdened, waiting for a few weeks is the saner option.
While Apple fans hanker for new devices and stand in long queues to get their hands on the latest models, the same is not true for most enterprises. Corporates continue to use older models. While iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4S and iPad 2, the performance on older devices usually takes a hit when a new operating system is installed. Older hardware running new OSes tend to experience performance issues, as the new releases with more features are heavier.
However, future updates usually mitigate these issues. For example, older devices running iOS 8 had certain problems, but the iOS 8.0.2 update overcame most of the issues. So, for enterprise IT, it makes sense to wait for more stable versions before approving the upgrade process.
At Cygnet, we are helping our clients upgrade apps for iOS 8, and we are working on apps that make the most of the new operating system’s enterprise features.
If you need any assistance with mobile app development or enterprise mobility, we will be happy to help!
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