Gartner Research

Key Impacts of iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Swift on Enterprise Mobile App Development

Published: 07 November 2014

ID: G00270527

Analyst(s): Mark Driver, Magnus Revang, Jason Wong

Summary

Apple has released iOS 8, new iPhone devices, and a new development language in Swift. Mobile strategists need to consider four key impacts that these technologies will have on enterprise mobile development teams building native iOS B2E apps.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • New iPhone 6 form factors and updated iOS 8 UI introduce new mobile UX and testing challenges
  • The introduction of Swift as the new programming language for iOS, although not a revolutionary one for mobile, will drive developers to eventually phase out the use of Objective-C
  • New APIs for Touch ID, Extensibility, Notification Center, and Handoff require mobile strategists to evaluate their impact on the functionality of enterprise mobile apps
  • New security features, such as improved SSO and VPN, address key enterprise requirements and mobile strategists must factor these into mobile app development

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