I heard something the other day that I haven’t heard in a long time. A friend of mine had just started work at a new company and was issued the boss’ four- year old Windows laptop and a new iPhone. As you might expect, the old laptop decided it had worked hard enough for the boss and it was time to take a well-earned nap. My friend headed down to IT to see if they could encourage the tired, old workhorse to do another lap. While she was there, she asked the now-grumpy IT Manager (no one likes supporting old stuff that you KNOW will break down again next week) if he could set up her email on the iPhone. He shook his head and said:
“We don’t support iPhones here. You’ll have to ask one of the young people in the office.”
My friend was stunned. It IS stunning that, in 2018, an IT department refuses to support Apple devices, particularly ones their own company issues, yet I do hear it from time to time. The refusal is usually accompanied by some negative attribute of the fruity technology that MAY have had a kernel of truth 20 years ago but is in no way true today. Apple is a first class citizen on any network. Apple supports all the major standards, and even tier one network vendors like Cisco have built their systems to make your experience using an iPad or a Mac even better.
Your IT department doesn’t support Apple? Ask them "Why not?- Microsoft does". Mac and iPad integrate seamlessly with Office365. Office 2016 for Mac and iOS are fully-featured and beautiful, and natively support Touch Bar on Mac. Outlook and OneNote even have Apple Watch apps! OneDrive for Business and SharePoint for iOS and macOS make you company data readily accessible easily and securely. If you want to be really cheeky, you can tell your IT person that they can even manage their Azure environment with Powershell from macOS. You may not know what that means, but they certainly will!
The 1990s were a long time ago, and the world has moved on. Apple devices- iPad, Mac and even Apple Watch, are ready for work, easy to manage, and available at prices comparable to similar business grade hardware. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing posts on how to get the best out of your Apple hardware in the workplace, particularly in a Microsoft environment. If you'd like to find out more about how Apple can work for you, feel free to reach out to me. If you are an IT manager to who needs to integrate Apple into their environment and would like to talk to somebody about making that happen we here to help.
You like them Apples? Well you can have them Apples!
The recent Apple Worldwide Developers conference saw a vast sweep of updates and innovations across the entirety of Apple’s product range. Most of the updates are aimed at improving user productivity, as well as communications. The Updates to Swift Playgrounds make creating and testing possible straight from the iPad and new “Live Text” text recognition feature is almost magic. Here are the updates you need to know about and some of the big takeaways for Education: