Friday, 07 Mar, 2008 Technology
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Apple's iPhone 2.0 Software Beta is Out for Testing

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Apple logoApple announced today a beta testing of new software for iPhone: the iPhone 2.0 Software - the iPhone Enterprise Beta Program. The program is an opportunity for IT companies and departments to test the new iPhone 2.0 software before general release.

The iPhone 2.0 beta includes the many features, which will be found useful at network management within a company. The iPhone 2.0 software supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and corporate security standards, which are to enable IT departments to integrate iPhone into the working environment of their company. The standard iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) is also available. Among the new features are to be mentioned:

  • Push e-mail;
  • Push calendar;
  • Push contacts;
  • Global address list - GAL;
  • Networking:
  • Certificates and Identities support;
  • WPA2/802.1X for security with Wi-Fi;
  • Enforced security policies;
  • and also
  • more VPN protocols;
  • Device configuration and;
  • Remote wipe for remote control over an iPhone.

Microsoft ActiveSync support

The new Microsoft ActiveSync support for iPhones should enable people who work under Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or 2007 environments to wirelessly push company e-mail, various upcoming events or to push contacts over the wireless Wi-Fi or EDGE connections to their iPhone. The Multi-Touch display of the iPhone makes it easier for its users to perform common tasks as for example accepting incoming messages and meeting invitations, finding contacts in the GAL or in their company's directory.

iPhone becomes a dream for system administrators as now they can manage any iPhone containing confidential information regarding the company in question with remote wipe and enforced security and password policies.

Cisco support

The new iPhone 2.0 software supports the IPsec VPN technology from Cisco to provide the highest level of IP-based encryption for exchange of confidential information within the company. Authentication via password, two-factor token, or digital certificate is now available. The Wi-Fi is now more secure for iPhone enterprise users as it supports the WPA2 Enterprise with 802.1x authentication. All of these networking features are directed towards providing maximum protection of company sensitive data for corporate iPhone users.

The application form for the iPhone 2.0 Software testing is avalable at http://www.apple.com/iphone/enterprise/apply/ .

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