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Apple versus Amazon in transformation of retail

Apple is surfing the same seas as many of its competitors. As one of the world’s larger retailers, it already knows that smart assistants chatbots, artificial intelligence, data analytics, wearables, 3D printing and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing both consumer shopping patterns and retailer behaviour, as evidenced in the latest Walker Sands Future of Retail report.

Shopping is yesterday

Not so long ago, if you wanted to buy something you’d jump into the car and head down to the mall and pick something up. You might visit a few times while thinking about larger purchases, then when it came time to buy you may have to wait a few weeks before the item was available to buy from the store. You may even need to convince a mate to help pick the item up in their truck.

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Apple vs. Amazon in the transformation of retail

Apple is surfing the same seas as many of its competitors. As one of the world’s larger retailers, it already knows that smart assistants, chatbots, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, wearables, 3D printing and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing both consumer shopping patterns and retailer behavior, as evidenced in the latest Walker Sands Future of Retail report.

Shopping is yesterday

Not so long ago, if you wanted to buy something, you’d jump into the car and head down to the mall and pick something up. You might visit a few times while thinking about larger purchases, then when it came time to buy, you may have to wait a few weeks before the item was available to buy from the store. You may even need to convince a mate to help pick the item up in their truck.

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Apple’s ARKit is accelerating AR development

I appear to be slightly obsessed with ARKit. You see, what Apple has unleashed with this new AR platform is an opportunity for developers of all stripes to get really creative with what these technologies may actually mean.

More than Pokemon

Think about reactions shortly after WWDC in June. Adam Fingerman, Chief Experience Officer at ArcTouch noted the platform potential: “With App Store distribution and in-app purchases, it’s a much more attractive platform for brands and businesses looking to create augmented experiences.”

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The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

We saw a whole bunch of nothing written about so-called ‘weak’ Mac sales this week, but those twisted out of context numbers didn’t reflect how the real world works – and Apple’s big business bid is only now beginning.

Windows XP and the PC replacement cycle

You’d be surprised how many of the computers out there still run Windows XP. In some cases, this reflects the defund and privatize ethic beloved of some state functionaries, in others those systems are mandatory in order to support some legacy back end system the golf-loving C-suite classes haven’t yet been convinced to invest and replace.

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Apple’s HEIF image format choice reinvents photography

Apple announced plans to adopt the HEIF image format at WWDC. When it did it pointed at the format’s higher-quality and much smaller image sizes, but I think there are big implications beyond this.

A new future for photography

If you’ve read your Harry Potter novels you may recall the picture the young wizard had of his Mum, Dad, and himself. They seemed alive in the image. It seemed like magic. These days it seems like an Apple Live Photo.

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Apple hits iPhone 8 ‘panic mode’? Get real

A spate of breathless reports claim Apple is in some kind of ‘panic mode’ because some unannounced features of a product the company hasn’t yet announced are apparently behind some (unrevealed) schedule.

Same old, same old

It’s the same thing every year these days. It’s incredibly predictable.

It goes like this: Having reported every claimed product feature people then switch to criticizing all those features, and – when the shelf life on ‘anti-reports’ of this kind time out, the self-same sources swiftly shift to shuffling speculation saying such-and-such features will apparently be ‘delayed’. Seriously!

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Apple’s ARKit will make 3D printing mainstream

Imagine your imagination. Imagine being able to build the items that you see in your mind’s eye in 3D space, using gestures and a pen. Then imagine being able to bring those creations into the real world with a 3D printer.

Life after ARKit

That’s the potential we’ll see unleashed in the coming months as the perfect storm of technology advancements empower this section of the industry.

Apple’s move to introduce AR support at a platform level with ARKit means developers – including hardware developers – can now develop sophisticated solutions for a huge market of customers.

They can rely on Apple’s core platforms to develop and deliver integrated solutions that can become part of everyday life.

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50+ essential iOS 10 tips you’ll use every day

From quick and dirty ways to silence your iPhone during a meeting to little-known tips for Safari on iPad, you’ll find a few things you didn’t know you could do within this extensive collection of tips for iOS 10 — which is now up to version 10.3.2.

Some tips for Maps

Take the Weather with you

How many of us have noticed the Weather icon when staring at a location in Maps? You’ll find it just above the Search bar at the bottom right of the display, denoted by a weather icon (sun, clouds, whatever) and temperature. Touch and hold that icon and you’ll see the weather for the next few hours at that location. Touch and hold the icon more firmly to open the Weather app.

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Cisco ‘really excited’ at Apple partnership, confirms CEO

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Apple’s iOS 11 unlocks a future for IoT

With its move to open up near field communication (NFC) support for developers in iOS 11, Apple just opened up to the most significant moment in the birth of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Hilton Hotels’ connected door lock system

Hilton Hotels says the smartphone-based unlocking system it has been using at (now) 1,700 hotels across the U.S. and Canada has been used 11 million times without being breached once, reports the Financial Times. That’s significant because it suggests some of the security problems that impacted first-generation connected IoT devices are being worked out.

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8 useful iPhone tips for busy professionals

When time is short, when you’re under the cosh, when life is full of project deadlines, when you are in a meeting with your boss, these tips will help you stay focused and get things done.

Do Not Disturb

When you’ve got to focus on a project, why not use your iPhone’s built-in Do Not Disturb feature? This will silence calls, alerts and notifications while your device is locked. You can even choose to accept calls from named contacts.

To turn it on just swipe up the screen to get to Control Center and tap the quarter moon icon. Open Settings>Do Not Disturb to decide who to Allow Calls From – just set up a short list of people you need to talk to no matter what.

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The future of medicine: Personal, ubiquitous and mobile

We’ve discussed before how Apple’s devices can be good for your health, but we should see the potential of its mobile health solutions take a quantum leap in the next few years, as genetic information is used to deliver utterly personalized, precision medical care.

Genetics for the rest of us

The U.K.’s chief medical officer this week recommended routine DNA testing for cancer patients to help develop personalized treatment.

“This technology has the potential to change medicine forever, but we need all NHS staff, patients and the public to recognise and embrace its huge potential,” said Professor Dame Sally Davies. “The age of precision medicine is now.”

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The future of medicine: Personal, ubiquitous, and mobile

We’ve discussed before how Apple’s devices can be good for your health, but we should see the potential of its mobile health solutions take a quantum leap in the next few years, as genetic information is used to deliver utterly personalized, precision medical care.

Genetics for the rest of us

The UK’s chief medical officer this week recommended routine DNA testing for cancer patients to help develop personalized treatment.

“This technology has the potential to change medicine forever – but we need all NHS staff, patients and the public to recognise and embrace its huge potential,” said Professor Dame Sally Davies. “The age of precision medicine is now.”

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Review: Apple’s 21.5-in., 3.4GHz ‘Kaby Lake’ 2017 iMac

Apple introduced new iMacs at WWDC 2017. I’ve taken a look at the 21.5-in., 3.4GHz model with a 4K Retina display.

This model carries a 1TB Fusion drive and uses a Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB video memory. I’ll try to avoid repeating too many of the widely available technical details, but this is what I found:

Bright spark

The first time you start the new iMac, you’ll be impressed by the brightness of its display. You can’t miss it. Apple claims it to be 43 percent brighter than before.

It isn’t just about brightness, though, not only is the Retina screen incredibly clear and capable of showing the image, but it also uses a clever technology called 10-bit dithering, so it can reproduce “a billion colors.”

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Review: Apple’s 21.5-inch, 3.4GHz ‘Kaby Lake’ 2017 iMac

Apple introduced new iMacs at WWDC 2017. I’ve taken a look at the 21.5-inch, 3.4GHz model with a 4K Retina display.

This model carries a 1TB Fusion drive and uses a Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB video memory. I’ll try to avoid repeating more of the widely available technical details, but this is what I found:

Bright spark

The first time you start the new iMac you’ll be impressed by the brightness of its display. You can’t miss it. Apple claims the display is 43 percent brighter than the last model.

It isn’t just about brightness, either, not only is the Retina screen incredibly clear and capable of showing the image, but it uses a clever technology called 10-bit dithering so it can reproduce “a billion colors”.

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6 team collaboration tools for Apple iOS users

Collaboration is critical in today’s super-connected business environments, but not every enterprise is ready or able to deploy high-end solutions, fortunately there are a range of excellent collaboration tools that should help productivity workers of any kind, no matter what size the enterprise.

Collaboration super-powered: Slack

I’ve been a fan of Slack since it surfaced a few years ago. You can access it through your browser or through dedicated apps for Mac, iOS and other platforms.

The solution is designed to make it super-easy for remote teams to collaborate in a very human way, with instant messages, topic-focused chatrooms, private channels and the capacity to share files or make video/voice calls. Basically, if five of you are working on something you can share work in progress, talk about it, and all in real time (or not) depending on what you need.

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10 years on, iPhone still needs to change the world

I doubt you’ll miss every tech reporter in the industry with their “ten years of iPhone” reports this morning, (I wrote my take earlier this week), but while there is no argument the product has changed some parts the world, Apple’s iPhone future still needs to change the rest of it.

The long(er) game

Things really have moved on since June 29, 2007, when Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell Jobs were spotted at an Apple Store watching the huge line of Apple fans desperate to get hold of the new “Jesus Phone”.

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Why Apple’s future’s up on ransomware

This week’s big security story is the so-called ‘Petya’ ransomware attack. It is not the first such attack, won’t be the last, and its success will prompt cybercriminals to attack again, and again, and again. In this new threat environment, there are zero excuses for any enterprise, public or private, to be running Windows XP, or any other insecure platform.

Even the cops

Chronic underfunding and a conservative government ideologically committed to cuts mean key UK public services remain under threat of cyberattack. In recent weeks, the National Health Service saw its computing systems fail because they relied too much on unprotected Windows systems. This morning we learned that the UK’s Metropolitan Police force still uses over 18,000 computers running Windows XP. The key police force of the UK’s biggest city is therefore currently vulnerable to cyber-attack.

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With Cisco, Apple weaves itself into enterprise infrastructure

Apple is on course to become the most secure platform provider in the modern enterprise, and Cisco is helping this happen.

You heard that right

“If your enterprise and company is using Cisco and Apple the combination should make the [cybersecurity] insurance cost significantly less for you than it would if you were using some other personal network side and the other operating system in the mobile area,” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, told Cisco Live.

This is a big deal and Cook’s appearance at the show confirms the growing bond between the two firms – and confirms (all over again) that Apple is resolute in its determination to transform enterprise IT infrastructure. Cook even cited the “deeper partnership” with Cisco.

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11 ways Apple’s iPhone changed the enterprise

Ten years since Apple’s iPhone went on sale, here are eleven ways the device has profoundly transformed the enterprise.

The BYOD moment

The popularity of iPhone drove enterprise everywhere to permit employees to bring their own devices to work. Employees loved the power of the iPhone and while competitors have sought to fill the same space, fragmentation and poor security mean Apple’s platform continues to dominate enterprise mobility and the company is carving itself a strong position in the future of enterprise IT.

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8 reasons why you should strengthen your iOS passcode today

Every enterprise IT manager knows the ghastly truth: the biggest security weaknesses in any system are the humans using it. So, if you are one of the nearly one-in-ten iOS users (or even the one-in-three Android users) who don’t use a passcode, if you happen to be one of the many who use the same passcode for everything, or even one of the 15 percent of users who still insist on using any of these ten passcodes, then this article is for you. It’s time to toughen up. Here’s why:

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Dimension Data puts its muscle behind Apple in the enterprise

Yet another big cheese in enterprise IT has climbed aboard the Apple wagon, with Dimension Data joining IBM, Deloitte, Cisco, SAP, JAMF, and others in offering services to help big business pick Apple’s for their mobile enterprise.

Enterprise ready

“We understand our clients need a strategic approach to mobility – one that merges the world’s best user experience through Apple devices with full enterprise capabilities,” said Joe Manuele, Dimension Data Group Executive, Customer Experience and Collaboration, announcing the deal in June.

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12 ways you’ll use Apple’s ARKit in your enterprise

Enterprises pondering a push into augmented and virtual reality will need to embrace Apple’s ARKit, if only to access the hundreds of millions of already deployed devices capable of accessing these next-generation experiences. Of course, many see AR and VR as niche products only suitable for gaming, but these technologies have so much more potential. Here are 12 ways you might use ARKit in your enterprise.

Virtual stores

IKEA’s recent news that it will be an Apple flagship ARKit partner means you’ll be able to use your iPhone and an IKEA app to place items from its catalog around your home. The Swedish furniture manufacturer isn’t the only one looking to introduce solutions like these. Converse, Gap, Adidas, Lowes and others are developing ways to use AR and VR tech to try, explore and choose items from their stores. It’s not at all pushing the envelope to imagine Apple’s retail stores also providing some form of VR presence. In real estate, you can also anticipate immersive VR tours of potential homes – you’ll even be able to place your own furniture in them to see what works where. Why would you visit an out-of-town mall when you can get to see the products virtually from where you already are? (This may also foster even more rapid decline in retail real estate revenues).

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Apple is the top IT vendor, says Gartner

Get ready to abandon your preconceptions, Microsoft’s IT hegemony is broken. Gartner now claims Apple, Samsung, and Google have become the top three IT vendors by revenue.

The laws of motion

Sir Isaac Newton (star of the first ever Apple logo) in his Third Law of Motion said, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

You find this philosophical construct applied in numerous ways – from the ebb and flow of politics and social discourse to the inevitability with which Apple has returned from the dead to become the world’s leading tech company: reviled, criticized and imitated, the company now leads the IT pack.

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6 months using Office and a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple introduced the first iteration of its MacBook Pro with Touch Bar a few months ago. Microsoft soon put Touch Bar support in Office for Mac apps. I’ve used both for several months and with a new Touch Bar Mac now available and Microsoft’s implementation clearly past beta, I thought it might be useful to discuss my experience using both together.

The MacBook Pro w. Touch Bar

With the exception of one weird, now discredited, Laptop story, Apple’s new computer received overwhelmingly positive reviews when introduced.

[Also read: 10+ Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar tips.]

It’s certainly not the cheapest laptop you can buy, but in the months I’ve used one I’ve been consistently impressed by its stability, performance, and superb high-resolution display. I never really bought into ‘dongle-gate’, I’ve rarely had to worry about this at all, beyond storage. Thunderbolt 3’s ability to handle both input and output, as well as power supply, mean this is a much more flexible interconnect than what it replaces. Battery life has also been stable, though I have seen conflicting reports on this.

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Apple is ‘pervasive in the enterprise,’ says IBM

While there remain some industry observers that cling to rapidly diminishing arguments against such deployment, “Apple devices are already pervasive in the enterprise,” Mahmoud Naghshineh, General Manager, Offerings and Solutions, IBM, told me.

The iOS enterprise is here

Naghshineh spoke to me as IBM expands its MobileFirst iOS for the enterprise scheme. He echoes Mike Brinker, Global Digital Leader, Deloitte Digital, who last year called Apple’s products “essential to the modern enterprise”.

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Apple’s profound iPhone plans for healthcare

A report today once again confirms Apple is interested in making your iPhone the center of your electronic health records (EHR) data. What’s going on, and why does this matter?

Take a Gliimpse

Apple last year acquired Gliimpse, an electronic health records development company. When news of the purchase broke, I suggested this marked the company’s interest in developing its own EHR systems, and this has been confirmed by CNBC.

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8 big improvements in Apple’s High Sierra Safari browser

Coming soon in High Sierra, Apple has packed the next edition of its Safari 11 browser with interesting new tools and features you’ll need to know about, with speed improvements alone once again making it a strong competitor to Chrome. Enterprise users can also look forward to friction-free cross-platform video conferencing with the release.

Performance enhanced

Apple claims its browser “significantly” outperforms Chrome and Firefox in benchmark tests. Speaking at WWDC, Apple’s Craig Federeghi claimed the browser to be an impressive 80 percent faster in JavaScript performance, promising performance will be even further enhanced when High Sierra ships.

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10 reasons macOS High Sierra is good for the enterprise

In this report, we provide a top level insight into some of the key enterprise-useful enhancements within Apple’s forthcoming Mac operating system, High Sierra.

What is High Sierra?

The fourteenth major version of Apple’s Mac operating system, High Sierra is currently going through beta testing in order to ship this fall. The OS (aka macOS 10.13) has a range of under-the-hood technology improvements, including an all-new 64-bit Apple File System. This has its own useful consequences for enterprise users, including speed, performance, and security.

Configuration improvements

Tens of thousands of Macs will be deployed across enterprises this year. Apple has taken some big steps to try to make it easier for enterprise IT to manage large Mac deployments with a range of management and configuration improvements. Some I’ve discussed in more detail below, but deployment should be eased with the introduction of 802.1X ethernet configuration, firmware password and user account management tools, and the ability to delay software updates for up to 90-days so IT crews can test these releases.

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Apple takes on Facebook with its own Messages Bots

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WWDC 2017: An enterprise perspective on Apple’s iOS 11

Apple’s iOS 11 will bring a range of improvements to iOS-using enterprises. Big iPad improvements and ARKit have multiple implications,  but I’ve looked at some of the many other iOS 11 enhancements enterprises may enjoy, rather than  focus on those.

The 32-bit problem

Enterprise chiefs must now take steps to ensure their existing iOS apps are 64-bit, as Apple will terminate support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. The company has been warning of this plan since 2016, and it hits with iOS 11, when 32-bit apps will no longer launch. Take stock of your existing iOS app deployments now to ensure critical software isn’t impacted by the change. On its side, Apple has planned for this and most existing kit should work fine with iOS 11, though the iPhone 5 and 5c and older and iPad 4 and older will not be supported. (List of supported devices). Apple plans to end support for 32-bit apps on Macs in 2018.

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WWDC 2017: Everything you need to know about Apple and AR

“We are high on AR for the long run, we think there’s great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity.” Apple CEO, Tim Cook, July 2016.

As I expected, Apple has introduced a powerful partnership and platform play to kick-start AR experience creation and distribution across its systems.

The company shared many of the details of its approach at WWDC 2017. This will have a big impact across consumer, creative, and enterprise markets so I thought it would be useful to put together what we know so far.

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements: First thoughts for the enterprise

Apple at WWDC 2017 made a wealth of announcements, many of which are likely of interest to enterprise users, these spanned iPads, iOS 11, AI, payments and, of course, Augmented Reality (AR).

What follows is a short first stop look at some of the news enterprise users may find interesting. I’ll provide more depth later this week.

The big opportunity: ARKit

While at face value you might see ARKit as being similar to Facebook’s Camera Effects, you’d be missing something.

Not only has Apple done years of groundwork to make sure these tools will work on tens of millions of devices, but its users are happy to cough up cash to engage in these experiences.

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WWDC: iPad’s big advantage: engagement

Engagement. That’s a big advantage Apple has with its iPad, and that’s why enterprises should take another look at the platform, particularly in light of claims it will gain a more productive file system in iOS 11.

Flipboard tells it like it is

Flipboard has been monitoring how Apple devices are used on its platform. It has found that people using an iPad spend about 50 percent more time in their apps than they do when using iPhones. They estimate that iPad users spend about 22-minutes in app every single day, in contrast to 15-minutes on an iPhone.

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