Mobile Computing Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing mobile computing and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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    Apple iWork

    Apple iWork is a productivity software suite for computers and mobile devices running Mac OS X and iOS operating systems (OSes).

  • Apple Joint Venture

    Apple Joint Venture is an IT support and training service geared toward small and midsized businesses.

  • Apple Live Photos

    Apple Live Photos, first available on the iPhone 6s, turn pictures into short videos by capturing movement and sound in the seconds before and after a user takes a photo.

  • Apple Managed Open In

    Apple Managed Open In is a security feature released in the Apple iOS 7 mobile operating system that allows IT to configure which applications employees can use to access data.

  • Apple OS X Mavericks

    Apple OS X Mavericks is version 10.9 of the second-generation Macintosh computer operating system.

  • Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is a contactless mobile financial transactions service developed for Apple devices.

  • Apple Pencil

    Apple Pencil is a stylus for Apple's iPad Pro tablet. Sold separately from the iPad, the Pencil is able to pinpoint a single pixel on the touchscreen, allowing users to select icons more easily and draw within apps with much finer detail than they could with their finger.

  • Apple Smart Keyboard

    Apple's Smart Keyboard is a detachable, full-size, text input device designed for the iPad Pro. Its conductive material means the keyboard never has to be charged, and it can be unfolded to function also as a protective cover.

  • Apple Touch ID

    Apple Touch ID is biometric technology that provides iOS user identification through a finger scanner.

  • Apple TV (Apple TV 4)

    Apple TV is a set-top box that allows end users to stream multimedia content from the Internet over a television.

  • Apple Volume Purchase Program (Apple VPP)

    The Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) is a service that allows organizations to buy iOS apps for their end users.

  • Apple Watch

    Apple Watch is Apple's entry into the smartwatch market. It pairs with an iPhone to let users send texts, make calls, manage schedules, navigate and much more.

  • Apple Watch OS (Apple Watch operating system)

    The operating system for Apple Watch is designed to take advantage of the wearable nature of the device with features such as Glances that cater to the smaller screen and its location on the user's wrist.

  • Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (Apple WWDC)

    The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is Apple Inc.'s annual multi-day training event for iOS and Mac OS X software developers.

  • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)

    Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) is a set of freely downloadable program utilities and related documents from Microsoft for ensuring compatibility among application programs in Windows operating systems, especially in a large network environment.

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