iOS 7, new iPhones may help Apple in the enterprise

The latest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system could finally bring enterprise-level security and management tools to iPhones and iPads, analysts say.

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Apple's smartphones may quickly become more attractive to enterprise workers and their IT departments thanks to the company's updated mobile operating system, iOS 7, which became available with the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last week. The new operating system is now available for Apple's iPad tablet as well.

Apple said that iOS 7 has about 200 new features, including the greatest number of functions designed specifically for enterprise use since the release of iOS 4 more than three years ago.

Most important for IT managers, analysts say, is that iOS 7 includes application programming interfaces (API) for building links to mobile device management (MDM) software tools used by many corporate IT shops. The update also adds single sign-on (SSO) functionality, support for multitasking and a standard method for embedding management features in enterprise applications.

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