The use of Apple devices in the enterprise has increased in recent years. But what's behind this trend and how much impact is it having?
We spoke to Weldon Dodd, SVP of community at Apple device management and security specialist Kandji, to discover how Apple has become a strategic choice for businesses, leading to increased employee productivity and even additional revenue opportunities.
Apple devices have historically had a reputation for being immune to malware, but a new report from Jamf reveals that it's tracked 300 malware families on macOS and found 21 new ones in 2023.
Jamf's latest Security 360 report examined a sample of 15 million desktop computers, tablets and smartphone devices they protect, across 90 countries and multiple platforms (macOS, iOS/iPad, Android and Windows).
iOS 17.3 has been one of the more eagerly awaited iOS updates from Apple in some time, and now it is finally here. This is a significant update that brings, among other things, major new security features.
One of the biggest additions is Stolen Device Protection which makes a stolen phone more difficult to use by adding extra security when the handset is in non-typical locations. It will not, however, stop someone from stealing your iPhone in the first place. Other new features include collaborative playlists and the arrival of AirPlay hotel support.
In an unexpected turn of events, Apple has toppled Samsung from its long-held position as the leader of the smartphone market. This marks the first time since 2010 that a company other than Samsung has clinched the top spot. The 2023 landscape of consumer electronics saw Apple reaching an unprecedented market share, signaling a significant power shift in the industry.
Despite global smartphone shipments falling by 3.2% to 1.17 billion units in 2023, Apple's rise to prominence is a clear indicator of the market's rapid evolution. This decline, the most considerable in a decade, is attributed to macroeconomic challenges and high inventory levels at the year's start. However, a rebound is on the horizon, with the latter half of 2023 showing promising growth and setting the stage for a potential recovery in 2024. The fourth quarter of 2023 alone witnessed an 8.5% year-over-year growth, surpassing the forecasted 7.3%.
As a Mac administrator, managing a fleet of Apple devices across your organization requires consistent practices and robust security measures. With numerous system services and background tasks to oversee, maintaining uniform configurations and safeguarding organizational data are formidable challenges.
Apple has introduced a powerful new Declarative Device Management (DDM) approach to address these challenges. This update to the Mobile Device Management (MDM) protocol represents a paradigm shift in device management, offering an efficient and secure means of administering macOS devices. DDM enables tamper-resistant configurations and facilitates simplified monitoring of system services and background tasks. Declarative status reports allow administrators to know about a device's current state.
The hitherto cheapest means of accessing Apple Music is no more. Apple has announced that it is killing off the $4.99 per month Apple Music Voice Plan.
Introduced back in 2021, this tier allowed for access to the entire Apple Music catalog, but only via Siri, and the discontinuation of this plan means that the cheapest generally available Apple Music subscription is now $10.99 (although students have a $5.99 option). So, what does this means for anyone currently on the Apple Music Voice Plan?
It can be frustrating to buy a new phone only to discover that there is an OS update to install before you can start using it. For iPhone users this could soon be a thing of the past thanks to an innovative new system developed by Apple.
The recently released iPhone 15 suffered with an overheating issue that was later fixed with a software update, putting the onus on owners of new devices to download and install the patch. But a new "proprietary pad-like device" will allow Apple Stores to install the latest software on handsets without the need to open the box.
Since the release of the iPhone 15 range there have been numerous reports of the handset overheating -- sometimes to the point of being too hot to hold. There has been widespread speculation that a new design, as well as the use of new materials, is to blame for not only the temperature issues, but also greater fragility compared to older models.
While Apple is yet to comment on numerous reports that iPhone 15 handsets break more easily when dropped, the company has acknowledged the overheating issue. A bug in iOS 17 has been identified as a cause, but Apple also points to third-party apps including Instagram as being to blame.
Both government agencies and corporations are being tasked with developing strategies for protecting mobile devices from an increasing wave of attacks. CISOs and business leaders are asking themselves not only how they can use mobile devices to make employees more productive, but also how to realize the full potential of a mobile-powered business.
As leaders execute their mobile-powered businesses, they will also need to parallel these initiatives with mobile-first security strategies to address the fast-growing attack surfaces that bad actors are increasingly jumping on. We spoke to Shridhar Mittal, CEO of Zimperium to discover more.
Regulators in France have ordered Apple to stop selling its iPhone 12 after the handset was found to produce electromagnetic radiation levels that are higher than permitted by EU safety rules.
The Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR) has demanded that Apple withdraw the iPhone 12 from the French market until it is able to "adopt all necessary corrective measures" to bring it in line with regulations. Failure to do so will result in Apple being forced to recall all iPhone 12 handsets.
Of course, Apple is not giving away any hardware for free, but there are a number of major OS updates on the horizon for Mac and iPhone owners. Apple has now finally revealed when macOS Sonoma will launch, following the release of numerous beta versions over recent months -- and it is earlier than many people were expecting.
Apple today launched the Apple Watch Series 9, boasting a range of new features including a more powerful S9 SiP, a new double tap gesture, a brighter display, faster Siri, and Precision Finding for iPhone.
The device runs on watchOS 10, offering redesigned apps, new watch faces (including Snoopy, Palette, and Solar Analog), and improved cycling and hiking features.
As well as the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, Apple today also unveiled the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. Both devices come with an industry-first color-infused back glass with a textured matte finish, and a new contoured edge on the aluminum enclosure.
The two models also feature the Dynamic Island, introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro last year, and an advanced camera system designed to help users take high-quality photos of everyday moments. A powerful 48MP Main camera enables super-high-resolution photos and a new 2x Telephoto option, offering users three optical zoom levels.
Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with aerospace-grade titanium design, advanced camera system and USB-C
Apple has unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, featuring a new design constructed from aerospace-grade titanium. This material, typically used in spacecraft, is both strong and lightweight, making these the lightest Pro models yet. The new design includes contoured edges and a customizable Action button, allowing users to personalize their iPhone experience.
The devices boast major camera upgrades, equivalent to seven professional lenses, including a more advanced 48MP Main camera system, improvements to Night mode and Smart HDR, and a new 5x Telephoto camera exclusively on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Apple Inc., the brainchild of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, has transformed from a humble garage start-up into a global technology powerhouse since its inception on April 1, 1976. The trio's vision was to develop and sell personal computers, with their first offering being the Apple I, hand-built entirely by Wozniak and marketed by Jobs.
Introduced at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California, the Apple I marked the beginning of a technological revolution. Despite the company's modest beginnings, its vision was clear -- to bring an easy-to-use computer to the market. In 1977, Apple was incorporated without Wayne, who sold his share back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800. The same year, the company launched the Apple II at the West Coast Computer Faire, propelling Apple into the forefront of the burgeoning personal computer industry.