Earlier this week Apple unveiled Core ML, a software framework for letting developers deploy and work with trained machine learning models in apps on all of Apple’s platforms—iOS, MacOS, TvOS, and WatchOS.Core ML is intended to spare developers from having to build all the platform-level plumbing themselves for deploying a model, serving predictions from it, and handling any extraordinary conditions that might arise. But it’s also currently a beta product, and one with a highly constrained feature set.[ Learn how to write apps that take full advantage of machine learning: Data in, intelligence out: Machine learning pipelines demystified • Google’s machine-learning cloud pipeline explained • R and Python drive SQL Server 2017 into machine learning. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Core ML provides three basic frameworks for serving predictions: Foundation for providing common data types … [Read more...] about Core ML brings machine learning to Apple developers
In the first part of this story [Elizabeth Millard, "Apple's Enterprise IT Battle Plan, Part One," MacNewsWorld, May 21, 2004], MacNewsWorld looked at how Apple has been attempting to enter the enterprise through its hardware, such as Xserve and Xserve RAID. Doug Brooks, Apple's product manager for server and storage hardware, told MacNewsWorld that the company has seen tremendous growth in Xserve adoption. He added that there is optimism within the company that Apple's hardware will find a spot in the budgets of IT departments into the future as well. Hardware, though, is only half of an enterprise push. For Apple truly to win a place in the corporate market, it has to be able to deliver software that can hold up to the industry standards. This is no easy feat, and some analysts believe that with all the marketing muscle in the world, Apple will not be able to do it. Can Apple gain a foothold in the volatile enterprise market with software as well as hardware? Serving It Up The … [Read more...] about Apple’s Enterprise IT Battle Plan, Part Two
Apple has filed a federal lawsuit accusing three members of the Apple Developer Connection Program of posting a developer release of Mac OS X Tiger onto Web sites where they could be downloaded using the controversial BitTorrent file-sharing network. "Apple's future operating results and financial condition are substantially dependent on its ability to continue to develop improvements to the Mac OS and related software applications in order to maintain perceived design and functional advantages over competing platforms," Apple said in the suit. "Apple therefore invests heavily in the development of new and innovative versions of the Mac OS and other software applications." Apple is asking the federal court in San Jose, California, to issue an injunction barring further releases of its software. The company is also seeking unspecified damages. Trust Issues This is the second lawsuit the computer maker has filed in the past two weeks over leaked product information. Apple also filed … [Read more...] about Apple Files Suit over Leaked OS X Tiger
Apple has bumped up the discounts offered in a loyalty program available to customers who spend at least US$5,000 on its products over 12 months, TechCrunch reported. It reportedly added unlocked iPhones and Apple TVs to the program as well. Two weeks ago, Apple improved its iOS management tools, and speculation is that the company is seeking to improve penetration in the enterprise market while shoring up its position in the education sector in the face of increasingly fierce competition from Google. The loyalty program has not been widely publicized, but "it's not so much keeping it under wraps as taking a very focused market approach targeted towards particular enterprises or verticals, or the retail or education markets," Mukul Krishna, digital media senior global director at Frost & Sullivan, told CRM Buyer. "Why spend money on blanketing the market?" Krishna asked. Apple is "probably using a very sophisticated marketing automation system that helps them target potential … [Read more...] about Does Apple’s Quiet Loyalty Program Make CRM Sense?
The declaration that Apple computer will transition its microprocessor platform from the PowerPC to the Intel architecture has analysts, pundits, and prognosticators predicting doom and gloom for the company. One group seems unruffled, however: the Apple developers who have to write the programs for the new platform. Apple developers have long been frustrated by the Mac, which performs slower than the PC. Developers always want the fastest box they can get so they can develop programs quickly. “The [Mac OS] is very resource-intensive, so it is a major blessing to have the fastest chip possible,” said Tony Meadow, president of Bear River Associates, an Apple ISV. Meadow said most developers work with high-level languages nowadays, so the move to Intel “is just not that big a deal.” [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use … [Read more...] about Apple developers sanguine about switch to Intel
Apple has announced an Intel-powered Xserve, maintaining the 1U chassis design, but delivering Xeon as a processor. The new servers offers up to 5TB storage and, according to Apple, now offer redundant power supplies for easy replacement when a server is in use. Prices on the new Mac server machines start at $2,999. Apple's new Xserve is a quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Mac OS X Server Tiger on two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0GHz. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]The result? The company promises the new servers offer performance over five times that of its predecessor. Features include: PCI Express, independent 1.33 GHz front side buses with 4MB of shared L2 cache, and fully buffered DIMMs (FB-DIMMs), the new Xserve delivers up to four times the I/O bandwidth, up to three times the memory bandwidth … [Read more...] about Apple to enterprise: Are you Xserved?
Apple gave up on Xserve G5, its 1U rack server, more than a year ago, and with it, its drive to gain share in the enterprise server market. Apple doesn’t talk about what doesn’t work or why, but I speculate that Apple’s enterprise program took so long to get off the ground that by the time success was within reach, the market had moved on. Moved on to what? The Intel Inside campaign, which successfully tarred AMD and Mac PowerPC architectures as exotic and risky, deserves a share of the credit for scaring the market into staying in step with Intel’s road map. It is backing away from its unsuccessful enterprise push and targeting SMBs instead. That makes a lot of sense. I still see the enterprise as poorly served by available platform options, and I had hoped that Apple would make inroads for the enterprise’s benefit. But Apple has chosen another community that really needs what Apple brings to the market. The objectives of the SMB market give that category … [Read more...] about Apple’s in-house approach to external services
With its transitions from Mac OS to OS X, PowerPC to Intel, and Panther to Tiger under its belt, Apple is all about moving on. Now it’s the developers’ turn to move on. If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to bid farewell to C and Carbon, and to embrace Objective-C and Cocoa for your GUI applications. It’s time to count on Universal Binaries, not Rosetta (Apple’s PowerPC translator for Intel Macs), to get your software out to the whole Mac market, which will soon be dominated by 64-bit Intel Macs. If you haven’t yet broken the habits of jamming new icons into the menu bar and turning every convenience utility into a CPU-sapping background process with its own always-on-top window, you should get to know Dashcode. If your application terminates because it can’t locate a critical file, learn the ways of Time Machine. And if, when you think of Web applications, your mind automatically zeroes in on Java, you might look at Ruby on Rails as a … [Read more...] about A developer’s-eye view of Leopard, part IV
Apple's focus over the last year or so has been largely on the iPhone, leaving Mac developers who work in the enterprise market to pretty much fend for themselves. And that seems to be just fine for companies in a newly launched Mac enterprise group and even other Mac developers. Earlier this week Atempo, Centrify, Group Logic, LANrev, and Parallels joined forces to form the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA), a group of software developers dedicated to helping adopt the Mac--especially in larger companies with existing Windows-managed IT environments. Other Mac developers who cater to business customers think it's a good idea as well, and that it will help keep Apple focused on the end-user. [ Special report: IT's guide to the Mac ] [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]"I don't think Apple should be specifically target the … [Read more...] about Developers satisfied with Apple’s enterprise work
Smartphone programming is booming. The little leash that lets your boss reach out and ruin your time off is turning into a platform of seemingly infinite possibilities. It's more than just iPhone applications that simulate a glass of beer that drains as the accelerometer measures the amount of tilt. The new smartphones can act as a wallet, a personal shopper, a personal trainer, and a source of endless amusement. The bad news is you're going to need to cool your jets and take a few breaths. While every good programmer looks at a smartphone and sees a machine that can run rings around yesterday's desktops, not everyone has the same vision. The phone companies, the ones that own the towers and deliver your inspired bits to the general Internet, don't see your dreams. They worry that your totally awesome idea is going to totally flood their network with packets and shut out everyone else. They know that the infinite loop you forgot to debug is going to drain batteries. They're afraid that … [Read more...] about A developer’s-eye view of smartphone platforms
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will feature iPad development sessions, hands-on working labs for iPhone OS 4, and Mac OS X core technology labs. The annual event will be held June 7-11 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. [ Check out the 8 best iPad apps -- so far, as well as Paul Venezia's full review of the iPad. | Get the best iPhone and iPad apps for pros with our business iPhone apps finder. | Stay up on tech news and reviews from your smartphone at infoworldmobile.com. Or download our free InfoWorld iPad app. ] [ The InfoWorld roundup: 5 rock-solid Linux distros for developers. | Stay up on open source with the InfoWorld Linux Report newsletter. ]"WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better," said Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president of iPhone Software, in a statement released by the company. The event offers … [Read more...] about Apple developers conference to feature iPad, iPhone OS upgrade
MobileIron's new version of its smartphones management software now lets an enterprise control deploying internal iOS apps to employees, and it can prevent iPhone users from loading unauthorized apps. Also read: Managing smartphones calls for new realism and flexibility [ Stay ahead of advances in mobile technology with InfoWorld's Mobile Edge blog and Mobilize newsletter. ] [ Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld's in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] With Version 4.0 of its Virtual Smartphone Platform, MobileIron lets a company create an enterprise-based app store to distribute iOS apps it builds internally, without posting them to Apple's online App Store. The company also can set policies to restrict what apps can run on both company- and employee-owned devices. Previously, VSP only administered a download process for iOS apps … [Read more...] about MobileIron extends control over enterprise iOS apps
With little fanfare, Apple announced the demise of its Xserve line of 1U rack-mount servers back in January. You can't really blame it -- sales were tiny and Apple never really marketed Xserves at all. I miss them, though, because the last generation was a line of 1U servers done the Apple way with Apple fit and finish, including an optional inboard 128GB SSD that freed up all four hot-swap disk bays in the front. Nice. But with the Xserve gone, it's good-bye enterprise and hello more iStuff for consumers, right? Not so fast. [ See Forget the fear: Learning to love iPads and Androids at work by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. | Download InfoWorld's PDF guide to mobile device management. ] [ Download InfoWorld's quick guide and get started with Azure Mobile Services for building apps today. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]All that iStuff is revolutionizing business computing, with so many executives sporting iPads, iPhones, and iWhatevers these days. In … [Read more...] about Will Apple’s enterprise success spark a business cloud offering?
In an amazing about-face for a company that has traditionally focused solely on the consumer market, Apple is showing signs of courting the enterprise. Apple's latest overture is a volume purchasing program and portal for custom iOS business-to-business apps. The program, though, comes with a caveat: Apple gets to review business apps. [ Get the best iPhone and iPad apps for pros with our business iPhone and iPad apps finder. | Keep up on mobile developments with InfoWorld's Mobilize newsletter. ] [ It’s on! Office vs. iWork vs. G Suite on the iPad. | Stay up on mobile developments with InfoWorld’s Mobile Tech Report newsletter. ]Last week, Apple introduced its App Store Volume Purchase Program for Business. The program lets a company buy a business app in bulk via a credit card. Apps come in the form of App Store redeem codes that the company emails to employees. The volume purchase program complements Apple's existing iOS Developer Enterprise Program ($300 per year) for … [Read more...] about The iPad turns Apple’s attention to the enterprise
While the number of Macs infected by the Flashback malware is seemingly in decline now, the security reverberations for Apple continue. The discovery of the botnet a couple of weeks ago -- and Apple's response -- has prompted criticism by IT security pros, concern among Mac users and even some smug told-you-so's from Windows users who've watched for years while Apple and its fans derided the the omnipresent malware issues plaguing PCs. Security by obscurity, if it ever existed, is no more. [ InfoWorld's Roger Grimes asks: Did the Mac malware wake-up call fall on deaf ears? | For tips and tools for managing an enterprise Mac fleet, download InfoWorld's free "Business Mac" Deep Dive PDF special report today. | See InfoWorld's slideshow tour of Mac OS X Lion's top 20 features and test your Apple smarts with our Apple IQ test: Round 2. | Keep up with key Apple technologies with the Technology: Apple newsletter. ] [ Our guide to Exchange-based tools in Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android: … [Read more...] about Lessons for IT, Apple in Flashback brouhaha
A home improvement retail chain can use an app running on an iPad to help design a customer's home, check inventory for the products, give a cost estimate to the customer, and take orders. Yet another app called iPeople allows human resources executives to drill down into a visual of employees' business cards to access information based on a variety of parameters. SAP, the company behind these apps, has been largely identified with complex back-end business software for enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, customer relationship management, and its new in-memory database HANA. Its goal now in the mobile arena is to create a brand for itself in enterprise mobility like Apple did in consumer mobility, said Sanjay Poonen, president of technology solutions and head of the mobile division at SAP, in an interview on Wednesday. That goal requires investments in mobile security, the platform for applications, and in the mobile applications themselves, he said. [ Also on … [Read more...] about SAP aims to be the Apple of enterprise mobility
Apple has a new programming language, Swift, intended to provide modern programming capabilities for Apple application development and streamline the building of applications. Featured as part of the Xcode 6 IDE (now in a beta release) and introduced this morning, Swift is a language for the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks for OS X and iOS. "Swift is fast, it is modern, it is designed for safety, and it enables a level of interactivity and development that you've never seen before on the platform," said Greg Federighi, Apple senior vice president for software engineering, in introducing Swift at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. [ Get the most out of collaborative programming with InfoWorld's 20 essential pointers for Git and GitHub. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]The concept behind Swift involves developing a language like Apple's favored Objective-C language but without the baggage of C, Federighi said. … [Read more...] about Apple unveils Swift programming language
IBM is betting on Apple to carry its analytics and cloud portfolio into the modern era. Apple is betting on IBM to cement the iPad's status as the new enterprise computing standard. The two companies -- who've long supported each other in a common though inconsistent aliliance against Microsoft -- today announced a tie-up that will have IBM develop more than 100 iOS apps, sell iPads and iPhones to industry verticals with preinstalled apps, and enhance its mobile management offerings for iOS devices. Apple will support the IBM apps through its AppleCare program. As you can see, IBM is doing the heavy lifting in the new partnership, showing who needs whom more. IBM has had no major hits in years, and its big PR victory -- the Watson supercomputer -- has done little for the bottom line. But IBM has been betting heavily on big data analytics, of which the Watson effort is the showpiece, and it's been investing tons of resources into being a behind-the-scenes cloud provider, as well as … [Read more...] about IBM goes full-bore on an Apple-based enterprise strategy
A Chinese iOS application recently found on Apple's official store contained hidden features that allow users to install pirated apps on non-jailbroken devices. Its creators took advantage of a relatively new feature that lets iOS developers obtain free code-signing certificates for limited app deployment and testing. The number of malware programs for iOS has been very low until now primarily because of Apple's strict control of its ecosystem. Devices that have not been jailbroken -- having their security restrictions removed -- only allow apps obtained from the official App Store, after they've been reviewed and approved by Apple. [ InfoWorld's Mobile Security Deep Dive. Download it today in your choice of PDF or ePub editions! | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobile Tech Report newsletter. ]There is a separate method for enterprises to distribute in-house developed apps to iOS devices without publishing them on the app store, but it relies on special code- … [Read more...] about Chinese devs abuse free Apple app-testing certs to install pirated apps
On a rainy day last week, the scene at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, California, looked rather incongruous: several dozen developers sat in an auditorium, many of them taking notes on Apple laptops, while another programmer, also using a Mac, stood behind a podium flanked with Microsoft’s blocky logo. This wasn’t a secret meeting of Microsoft rebels; it was Microsoft’s attempt to lure developers who have been building apps for Apple’s incredibly popular iOS platform, which runs on the iPad and iPhone, over to its Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms. In years past, Microsoft had the majority of developer attention on its Windows software—programmers would write software for Windows first. Apple’s Macs were often an afterthought. But with the rise of the iPhone and iPad and mobile computing in general, not to mention Google’s Android OS, things have changed. Now, with many developers building apps for Apple’s gadgets and … [Read more...] about In a Strange Reversal of Fortunes, Microsoft Woos Apple Developers