Apple has always put consumer needs ahead of those of the enterprise, but the company’s flagship iPhone is still an enticing option for CIOs, particularly with the impressive power provided in the processors of Apple’s latest offerings, the iPhone X and iPhone 8, all the way back through the 7/7 Plus and slightly older models such as the 6S.
The iPhone X, which will mark the 10th anniversary of Apple's booming smartphone business, is the latest release from the Cupertino company.
This phone has edge-to-edge display boasting a 5.8 inch screen, 12 megapixel camera and wireless charging.
The home button and Touch ID have been done away with in favour of Face ID, which uses facial recognition technology to unlock the phone and also acts as a password to authenticate Apple Pay, which Apple says is more secure than Touch ID.
The iPhone X will cost £999 in the UK for the 64GB version, while a larger storage capacity of 256GB costs £1149, and it isn't available until November.
In terms of operating system, smartphone producers all have vested interest in protecting their own platforms, but none are as defensive as Apple. It’s an approach that yields both positive and negative results.
iOS lacks the customisation and integration of its competitors, but security is formidable on the closed operating systems, a strength enhanced by Apple’s control of downloads through the App Store, regular updates and security features such as Apple Pay.
Compatibility will obviously be best served in conjunction with the use of a Mac at work, but Apple has upped integration with third-party apps and corporate software such as Microsoft Outlook.
iPhones are rightly renowned for sleek design, high resolution displays, and user-friendly interfaces. They offer excellent hardware and app store support, but aren't necessarily the best value for money.