OS X is becoming more like iOS (Not in the way that most people think)

OS X is becoming more like iOS (Not in the way that most people think)

There’s been lots of discussion of the two OSes merging to the point where a Mac will be all touch-driven. Personally, I can’t see that happen as there’s a certain level of functionality we’ve come to expect from a mouse-based OS like OS X. Also, let’s not forget about gorilla arm.

Rather, the change is happening under the hood, in how Macs and iOS devices can be managed in a corporate environment. As each full version update of iOS adds more functionality and control from an administrator perspective, Apple is adding features to OS X making it more compatible with Mobile Device Management solutions.

What does this mean for businesses? It means they can offer more choice in the BYOD model, where the “D” can now include any model from the current line-up of super-sexy MacBooks.

To break this down, here’s what Apple started doing in OS X Lion: [Read more…]

Is the iPad Mini the ideal tablet for business? [ Apple ]

Is the iPad Mini the ideal tablet for business?

Beyond the fact that it’s a brilliant product for consumers, the new iPad Mini may be the ideal device for those “hard to reach places” in the business world. Already we’re hearing it fits nicely into a lab coat pocket exciting doctors and scientists around the world. But what other fields could the iPad, in any form, find it’s way into that hasn’t already been tried? Your first step on this journey starts with Softchoice and our upcoming webinar series on Security, Deployment and Management of Apple devices for your workforce.

There’s no shortage of inspiring stories of businesses incorporating iPads into their environment for productivity. However some businesses are still barely tolerating iPads, rather than encouraging their use. The iPad Mini’s form factors will attract a lot of users, but is there a way for IT to both manage AND promote iOS devices in one fell swoop? [Read more…]

The New MacBooks: What They Mean For Your Business [Apple]

Exciting news out of the Apple World Wide Developers Conference today as Apple refreshed their line-up of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs – and introduced the next standard of ultimate notebooks.

Both the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs got bumped up in spec, as did the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro. Processors, room for more HD and RAM, and the addition of USB 3.0 top the list of notable changes, all models staying at the same price point or better. But what really turned heads was the addition of the Next-Gen Macbook Pro – super thin with a stunning Retina display and room for up to 16GB of RAM and a 756GB SSD.

What does all this mean for your business? [Read more…]