Q&A: How CIOs Can Benefit from Apple iOS 5, iCloud

Apple enterprise expert Aaron Freimark discusses email and iCloud sandboxing for iPhone and iPads running iOS 5.

Last week, Apple discreetly tipped its cap to businesses after unleashing iOS 5 to the general public. This latest version of the iPhone and iPad operating system is chock full of critical enterprise features that went largely unnoticed during Apple's iOS 5 launch event aimed at consumers.

Simply put, iOS 5 shows that "Apple really has been listening to businesses," says Aaron Freimark, IT director at Tekserve, a services firm helping Fortune 1000 companies adopt the iPad.

It's a good thing, too, as CIOs face a daunting challenge keeping up with iPads and iPhones infiltrating their companies. Apple recently claimed 92 percent of the Fortune 500 are testing or deploying the iPad.

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Since Apple released iOS 5 and a new Internet storage and sharing service, called iCloud, last Wednesday, the company says more than 25 million devices now run this latest version of the operating system. More than 20 million people have signed up for iCloud.

While iOS 5's enterprise features are welcome news for CIOs, a growing iCloud consumer service poses serious corporate security risks. Just imagine sensitive corporate documents in Apple apps such as Pages, Keynote and Numbers being backed up on Apple servers and automatically shared with other iOS devices associated with the same Apple ID.

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