OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 Features Aim for the Enterprise

Apple dominates the consumer market, but when it comes to corporate sales, the tech titan has room to grow. Nine out of 10 U.S. companies use Apple products. But of those firms, 40% say they use fewer than 100 devices built by the Cupertino, Calif. tech company, according to a recent survey by JAMF Software, which sells software to help businesses manage Apple gadgets.

Apple recently introduced new enterprise-centric features as part of its upcoming iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite operating system releases this fall, hoping to boost corporate market share.

New Enterprise-Centric Features Include:

Device enrollment program: Enterprises that purchase iPhones and iPads can use Apple's device enrollment program to receive their gadgets pre-programmed to work with their company's settings. This means that as soon as they open up and turn on their new Apple devices, the gadgets will reconfigure themselves to work with their company's email and Calendar setup. The devices will also instantly download any non-Apple apps that companies choose, such as Microsoft's Office suite.

This program actually launched a few months ago, but for many, its announcement at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference was the first time they'd heard of it.

Passcodes for specific apps: In iOS 8, users will be able to not only lock their devices with passcodes but specific apps too, giving enterprises another layer of security for their data. Apple said users will be able to place passcodes on the Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, Notes and Reminders apps as well as apps made by third-party developers.

Wi-Fi calling: Apple also announced that iOS 8 will support Wi-Fi calling. This feature will enable the iPhone to use Wi-Fi networks to make calls, meaning that users who work in areas with poor reception or those who travel abroad can simply connect to a Wi-Fi network and use it to make...

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