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Apple for Enterprise: A Few Key Facts

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Despite BlackBerry’s recent release of its Playbook, Apple is expected to continue its dominance of the tablet market, even for enterprise businesses. Apple’s Mac products (desktop and notebook) also continue to gain popularity in the office setting, and many businesses are replacing their desktop PCs and traditional laptops with iMacs and MacBook Pros.  Firms are increasingly using technology, including Threat Management Gateways, to grant access to Microsoft Exchange via iPhones and iPads.ipad

I recently attended an Apple demonstration led by a senior Eze Castle Integration engineer. Here are a few interesting facts I learned:

  • Microsoft Office Suite for Mac is similar to Windows; however, you will see significant differences in Microsoft Excel due to coding variations.

  • Microsoft Outlook only comes with Microsoft Office 2011. Earlier versions will have Entourage as the primary email platform.

  • Student versions of Microsoft Office do not work on Exchange.

  • There are two different ways to access Windows on a Mac: via virtualization or through a dual boot.

  • Data is encrypted when using a Citrix Receiver on any platform, including a Mac.

  • Neither Apple Mail nor Entourage support PST files (Outlook does).

If the tablet is more your style and you’re curious to see how Apple’s iPad 2 and BlackBerry’s Playbook match up side-by-side, here’s your chance:

 
 

Apple iPad 2

BlackBerry Playbook

Operating System

Apple iOS 4.3

QNX, BlackBerry Tablet OS with symmetric multiprocessing

Processor

1 GHz dual core Apple A5

1GHz dual core Texas instruments

RAM

512MB

1GB

Storage

16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal; no SD expansion slot

16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal

Display

9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display; 1024x768, 132ppi

7-inch WSVGA, 1024x600

Battery

Lithium-ion polymer with 6930 mAh capacity

Lithium-ion 5400 mAh

Ports

30-pin Apple connector, 3.5mm headphone jack

Micro USB, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack

Weight

1.33 pounds (21.28 ounces/601 grams)

14.4 ounces/425 grams

Dimensions

9.50(h) x 7.31(w) x 0.34(d) inches

7.6(h) x 5.1(w) x 0.4(d) inches

Camera

Backside 720p video recording at 30fps; front-facing VGA

5MP rear-facing, 3MP front-facing

Sensors

Accelerometer, aGPS, digital compass, ambient light sensor, three-axis gyroscope

Accelerometer, GPS, digital compass, 6-axis gyroscope

Keyboard

Virtual QWERTY

Virtual QWERTY

Networks

CDMA or GSM; no LTE

LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+ models later in 2011

Wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

Tethering

No

Only to a BlackBerry smartphone

Price

$499-729

$499-$699

*Source: Tech Republic

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