I currently have no fewer than four Apple devices in my apartment. There’s my trusty iPhone 5 for everyday texting and Instagramming. There’s an iPad Air 2 permanently attached to the coffee table for Chromecasting my favorite shows, and shoved in a drawer is another iPad, a years-old fourth generation device I barely use. Finally, there’s the croaking Mac I share with my fiancé for tasks that are just plain easier with a real computer, like buying concert tickets and choosing seats.
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This is not uncommon, and it hasn’t been for a while. A CNBC poll in 2012 showed that the average Apple-owning home has three iOS or OS X devices. And it’s likely that residents of those homes often use their devices for work-related tasks.
I regularly check and respond to email, read Word and PDF documents and sync files through Dropbox on my iPhone. But despite owning four of them, Apple devices aren’t always enough for my needs. When I attend technology conferences for work, such as last month’s VMworld, it’s actually a Surface 2 tablet that’s at my fingertips. I need a proper keyboard and access to the full-featured version of Word, and I like the ease of saving and syncing documents automatically to OneDrive right from the desktop.
So despite the company’s dominance—in the stock market, in the media and in the court of public opinion—Apple isn’t everything. Plenty of people need other devices for business use. Plus, the company doesn’t really cater to enterprise IT’s full management and security needs. In this month’s Modern Mobility cover story, site editor Jake O’Donnell delves into the pros and cons of supporting Apple devices in the enterprise.
This post originally appeared in the September issue of the Modern Mobility e-zine.