What it is: General Electric announced they will standardize on iOS for mobile computing.
A few years ago, Delta Airlines standardized on Windows Phone and Surface tablets for their air crews, despite pilots requesting to use iPads instead. After several years, Delta Airlines finally switched to iPhones and iPads instead. At one time, New York City’s police department standardized on Windows Phone and then switched to the iPhone. Right now, Microsoft paid the NFL to use Surface tablets for five years starting in 2014. When 2019 comes around, how many teams will voluntarily want to continue using Surface tablets?
The trend is clear. Because Microsoft missed the mobile computing market, and because mobile computing is fast becoming the computing platform of tomorrow, companies are skipping Microsoft products and moving to iOS instead.
There are plenty of reasons to use iOS on an iPhone or iPad. first, it’s far more secure than its biggest rival, Android. iOS is also optimized for mobile use where every app is designed for on-the-go computing. Although Microsoft managed to turn Windows into a mobile platform, most Windows programs are still optimized for desktop computing. That would be like using a PC like a mainframe computer where you had to give the computer people your project and let them run it so you could get the results back a few days later.
iOS is more secure simply because it locks down software installation to a single source: the App Store. Corporations can create their own version of a company app store to allow proven apps on iOS devices, but since it’s not easy to install anything on an iOS device, iOS remains far more secure from malware. Corporations spend millions of dollars every year protecting against malware, yet just by using iOS, they can eliminate the bulk of those costs. People using iOS devices can focus on productivity instead of security.
The future isn’t Windows, Linux, or even macOS, but iOS. When major corporations like Delta Airlines, General Electric, and the New York City police department turn to iOS, you can be certain other corporations will follow.
The health industry is already turning to iOS because of frameworks like ResearchKit and HealthKit that allow secure storage of medical data. In the old days, corporations standardized around Windows. Today, corporations are standardizing around iOS and that’s good news for Apple and bad news for Microsoft and even Google. The iPhone is the standard smartphone and corporations are embracing it for its ease of use, security, and popularity.
One day people will look back at Windows PCs as antiques and wonder how anyone could standardize around such primitive technology in the same way that people today marvel at the thought of corporations using mainframe and minicomputers instead of PCs. If you want to stay with the future, focus on iOS. Like Windows of the 90’s, iOS is the future of enterprise computing.