Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: iPhone 5: Eight Things CIOs Need to KnowBy Don Reisinger | Posted 08-27-2012
One of the first major changes you'll witness with the iPhone 5 is its new connectivity option, 4G LTE. With the ultra-high-speed mobile connectivity, you should expect employees to surf the Web more. And when doing so, you should also expect them to complete work more quickly. After all, a speedier Web usually means a speedier employee.
When the iPhone 5 launches next month, you can all but guarantee that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) demands will skyrocket in your office. Consumers will jump at the chance to buy the smartphone, and when they hit the office the following Monday, they'll be packing. Be ready.
If you have IT budget set aside for new smartphones this year, you may find yourself overspending. Apple's pricey iPhone typically spawns quick spending bumps as your top executives demand the latest and greatest. And that should be no different with the iPhone 5.
There was a time when your company's chief executives would care little about the technology they were using. How times have changed. The C-suite wants to use the latest and greatest tech goodies. And that means you can expect to be fulfilling iPhone 5s orders for executives pronto.
If your employees have their say, you'll be bidding adieu to BlackBerry devices, which have had a strong run as the mobile enterprise devices of choice. With RIM's BlackBerry 10 OS and new devices on hold until 2013, more and more employees will be clamoring for iPhones and, probably, Android devices.
More iOS Support
When more iPhones come into the office, it can only mean one thing: More support will be needed for iOS. Be ready for it by prepping your IT staff now on the ins and outs of iOS.
When Apple's iPhone 5 launches, it'll likely feature iOS 6, the latest flavor of Apple's mobile operating system. Consider getting a developer account and taking it for a test drive. It's better to know what's coming than to be caught off-guard next month.
App Updates Required
Applications must be updated when the iPhone 5 launches. As noted, the devices will likely ship with iOS 6, meaning the apps you currently authorize won't necessarily be compatible out of the box. Be ready for all kinds of app updates.