The RPG genre on the app store has been seeing a huge growth in the past few month, but past few weeks mainly. Many of the large developers have been releasing their titles, and it seems that games are being spit out day after day. This gives even more reason
When the iPhone was introduced, many people argued that it would never work for business. As many of us suspected, that wasn't accurate, confirmed by AT&T's Business Solutions Unit CEO, Ron Spears. "Four out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to enterprise users," says Spears. He also adds that the iPhone is a computing device to businesses, allowing some of them to pick up an iPhone in place of a laptop. This is undoubtedly going to be even more true of the iPad.
Drawbacks like the lack of a physical keyboard and copy/paste functionality don't seem to be hurting the iPhone too badly in the enterprise market. A recent study by J.D. Power and Associates recently found that among business types, the iPhone ranks higher than any other smartphone with business users.
Japanese iPhone carrier Softbank Mobile recently closed a deal with management and technology consultancy BearingPoint that will be one of the first major corporate contracts for the iPhone 3G. BearingPoint is putting 1000 iPhone 3G's into their employee's hands across the country.
One of the big benefits of the first iPhone launch was the ability to buy it online, but so far that's been a luxury we don't have with the '3G (though that's not surprising with the crazy demand they've had through just physical retail stores). However, if you happen to be a business user looking for an iPhone 3G for work, you can now order one online through AT&T.
Worldwide bank HSBC's employees have long used BlackBerries as the handset of choice, but rumor has it that they are considering replacing all 200,000 of them with iPhones. Their Australia CIO Brenton Hush says the company has been reviewing the new iPhone for a while, and it looks like they like what they've seen so far.
Businesses asked Apple to make changes to the iPhone and it's software, and they answered. Now, Gartner Inc. analyst Ken Dulaney has taken three weeks to test the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 Software and review it for it's ability to deliver what large businesses are looking for in a handset, and published his results in a nine-page research note, titled: iPhone 2.0 Is Ready for the Enterprise, but Caveats Apply.
As you might remember, Sybase announced some time ago that they were working on porting their Information Anywhere Suite for letting IT organizations manage enterprise email to be iPhone compatible. They announced in April of this year that the iPhone was now supported by their iAnywhere suite, bringing Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange enterprise email to iPhone users. Now they are adding the iPhone 3G to that list as well.
Apple has released three new utilities to help users deploy and manage large numbers of iPhones at the same time for enterprise users. They are the iPhone Configuration Web Utility 1.0 for Mac, the iPhone Configuration Web Utility 1.0 for Windows, and the iPhone Configuration Utility 1.0 for Mac OS X. These tools allow one person to create a single configuration file that can be downloaded from a website or email that can be downloaded onto multiple iPhones.