Finally, iPad for the enterprise?
Infoworld is reporting that Apple’s release of iOS 4.2 might trigger enterprise adaption of the iPad in a big way.
For iPad, iOS 4.2 brings Apple’s limited multi-tasking to the tablet for the first time: users will be able to run applications in the background. Other existing iOS features that will be available for the iPad include the following:
* The ability to group apps into folders, up to 20, compared to 12 for iPhone.
* New universal mailbox, and the option to organize e-mails automatically in the inbox by thread, using the Mail app’s preference screen.
For enterprise users, iPad will gain some important features to secure and manage the iPad. Apple is actively promoting iPad with iOS 4.2 for the enterprise market. These new features include:
* New APIs for device management, used by third-party mobile management applications, such as those from MobileIron and Sybase, to wirelessly configure iPad settings, monitor compliance with enterprise policies, and lock the tablet or wipe it of corporate data.
* Using the device passcode as an encryption key to protect e-mails and attachments; new data protection APIs can be used by security apps to protect corporate information.
* Enterprise-based wireless distribution of custom applications, without having to connect the iPad to a computer and iTunes.
* Support for multiple Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync accounts, and for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010; all e-mail accounts can be integrated into a single in-box, or switch easily between separate in-boxes.
* New SSL VPN support for iPad (which already supports Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) Enterprise, and IPSec); Juniper and Cisco plan to support this feature soon.