What are Apple’s top ten innovations over the past decade?

As we close the decade, one trend is clear: the growth of Apple’s businesses. We heard at JNUC that all Fortune 500 companies use Apple products. We see companies creating enterprise security tools for macOS. IBM finds that their employees who use macOS also perform better at work. It has been a great decade, and this week I want to look at Apple’s top ten (and K-12) business innovations.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has managed a corporate computer network since 2009. With experience in deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, 100 Mac and 100 iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, create networks to support them, train users, from IT management trenches, and how Apple could improve its products for IT services.


10. iOS

You may be thinking, but iOS is out before 2010. You’re right, but it was renamed iOS in 2011 with the release of iOS 4. This indicated that the iPhone OS would become more than just an operating system for the phone. Although iOS 4 is not a huge version in hindsight, this symbolic gesture will remain as the kickoff of the mobility revolution in business and kindergarten to 12th grade. iOS would eventually pave the way for iPadOS as well.

9. Live software updates

In iOS 5, users could now update their devices wirelessly. This feature allowed businesses and customers in Kindergarten to Grade 12 to update their devices without have to couple to iTunes and go through this long process.

While future updates would allow mobile device management systems to force or delay updates (providing even more choice for IT), iOS 5 OTA updates would lay the foundation for a future where iOS doesn’t need macOS. As someone who has spent time updating dozens of devices by hand, live software updates undoubtedly deserve to be on the top ten list of Apple innovations.

8. AirDrop

While it was fairly buggy at first, AirDrop has become a fundamental technology in the room. It is extremely simple for teachers and students to share content without the need for a synchronization solution or even rely on a fast Wi-Fi connection. If a student needs to quickly share a large iMovie file, it’s as simple as exporting and sharing via AirDrop. Before AirDrop, we used hacks like shared Dropbox folders. It may sound like a small update, but I truly believe it belongs to the list of the top ten Apple innovations.

7. AirPlay

You can think of AirPlay as a home technology, but it’s definitely one of Apple’s top ten innovative companies. Initially launched under the name of AirTunes in 2004, AirPlay was launched in 2010 and was fundamental in kindergarten through 12th grade and in the company. It is directly connected to Apple TV so people in conference rooms and students in the rooms can share content on a larger screen. AirPlay 2 was released in 2018 and continues to be used …

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