Mobile App Development

WWDC keynote announcements are enterprise game changing

June 6, 2014

  • Jessica Smith

Lextech team members were present at the Apple WWDC keynote Monday morning in San Francisco. We knew they were excited, as they’d been messaging us pictures since the night before to document their journey from number 52 in line to their seats in Moscone Hall’s second public row.

Lextech Team at WWDC

(L to R, top to bottom): Moscone Hall, Rob in line, Cyril & Dean in Line, and the view from public row two for the WWDC keynote June 2.

We knew they were really excited when we heard an audible yelp during the keynote at Craig Federighi’s mention of enterprise development. It was a microcosm of our excitement from Lextech laptops and conference room viewing parties worldwide.
We were and are excited about the WWDC keynote, but what does it all mean? What does it mean for enterprise mobility and for businesses needing new and better apps? Lextech is a multi-platform company, but we are always focused on WWDC to see not only what exciting developments are coming, but how it will impact enterprise mobility.
We spoke with Dean Moore, our Mobile Strategist, to ask him his initial thoughts on the keynote. Moore, a systems architect by training, has been doing mobile longer than most. This WWDC was his sixth consecutive time attending. He’s seen a lot and has great insights into Apple’s history and where their next steps will impact businesses. (Read about Moore’s thoughts on iOS 7 from last year’s WWDC.)
When asked about his overall take, Moore said, “There’s a lot to unpack, but things like Cloud Drive, Touch ID, and Continuity will be incredible for enterprise.”
Moore was particularly impressed with Touch ID and Continuity features. Touch ID isn’t just a jazzy feature to help users feel safe. Moore emphasized that Touch ID not only adds an extra layer of security (the perpetual demand of enterprise), but it also streamlines access. Enterprise apps—at least the ones we develop—by their very nature improve workflows and save companies time and money. With Touch ID, Moore says, “it brings a simplified login methodology.” It saves even more time. Further, enterprise systems engineers’ job is streamlined. They are constantly having to reset password information, and with Touch ID they wouldn’t have nearly as much work to do.
Something major that caught everyone’s attention are the new Continuity features. Dean calls these simple functionalities a game-changer.
“It’s not just about convenience; it’s about hand-offs…this will streamline a lot of repetitive tasks that are time-eaters. How many times have you been in a meeting, you walk away typing [or dictating] an email, but you get into your office and you’ve go to think about saving it, forwarding, or attaching it to pick up where you left off? Now that email will be right on your desktop. Enterprise mobility isn’t a 9 to 5 job or an in-office app. It’s mobility working for you 24/7.”
Another incredible new function was unveiled in HealthKit and its corresponding App, Health. The ability to track things like activity, heart rate, weight, and blood pressure exist currently in a number of mobile technologies. However, the data is isolated to that app or device. HealthKit provides a single place where you can review a composite profile of your health. The corresponding app can be used alone to track health metrics or can be used securely with other apps.
One such app is the Mayo Clinic App. Mayo Clinic CEO, John H. Noseworthy, was quoted during the presentation as saying,“We believe Apple’s Health Kit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people. We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic App.”
This is impressive enough for consumers, but companies should see a lot of promise here as well. There’s a real possibility of integrating new features like HealthKit into enterprise. Ideas heard around the office include tracking employee wellness status during work for safety reasons or perhaps for employee wellness programs. This seems like just the tip of the iceberg.
We’re excited about the WWDC keynote implications. Are you? What did you think?
In the coming weeks and months we look forward to diving into OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, not to mention the new developer tools and Apple’s new programming language, Swift. Stay tuned for more updates and analysis from our Developer, Product, and Business Development teams.