Last year, Cisco and Apple have announced that they cooperate with each other to develop a superior app and voice experience for iPhone and iPad on the best corporate networks. The main field includes Cisco Spark and WebEx products. They both use iOS applications. Another cooperative field was about Cisco enterprise VOIP products. This cooperation maybe important for Cisco, which has developed slowly these years.
Now, after one year, iPhone 7 has been already in users’ pockets. How is their program going on?
At September 13, 2016, Cisco blog published this article “iOS 10 Is Here…So What Does that Mean for the Enterprise?” The article said that Cisco engineering teams have been working with Apple engineers to refine the solution.
The results of tests have been really exciting:
– roaming got 8x faster
– Voice over Wi-Fi and Spark calling became up to 66x more reliable
– 90 percent reduction in web browsing failures
After a month, they had a special live event: New Cisco Solutions for IOS 10. They summarized that:
Through our partnership with Apple and with the release of iOS 10 and availability of solutions on the latest Cisco networking software and hardware, you can now:
·Roam freely – be more productive while on the go with efficient roaming, reduced network load and lower battery usage
·Let your business come first – easily prioritize the most critical apps on your wireless network
·Make it easy and automated – your network will configure itself automatically to optimize roaming and prioritize mobile app traffic
·Enjoy improved mobile collaboration – deep iPhone integrations combines Cisco Spark’s high-quality voice and video calling with Apple’s legendary hardware and ease of use.
Watch this video from Cisco may know more.
After sharing the information, do you know, Apple + Cisco =?
“With the release of iOS 10, the partnership between Cisco and Apple comes to fruition,” wrote Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president and CTO for Cisco Collaboration.
In short, their fruition mainly includes two points:
Apple said iOS devices and Cisco networks will now recognize each other, so iPhone and iPad can perform a quick “handshake” with Cisco access points to provide an optimized connection for users. This paves the way for other advanced networking features such as fast roaming and Quality of Service (QoS).
Cisco wireless access points (APs) and iOS 10 devices will perform a “handshake” that allows iPhones and iPads to intelligently decide which AP to connect to, based on variables like network traffic.
Without that capability, a device will join the AP that’s closest to it, Reed explained, which may not be the best one available given congestion levels.
With this new optimized connectivity, the Cisco network finds the most efficient AP. It will also let the device know about neighboring APs as a person moves around, allowing for roaming capabilities up to eight times faster.
2. iOS API CallKit
Cisco announced it’s using the new iOS API CallKit to embed Cisco Spark into the native phone experience on the iPhone. In effect, a user will get all the collaborative and VoIP performance benefits of Cisco Spark, as well as the convenience that comes with a native phone experience.
It means Cisco Spark users can now get the higher fidelity audio and video features of VoIP, as well as benefits like added security features.
For instance, when an iPhone user gets an incoming cellular call when the phone is locked, a swipe-to-answer screen allows the user to easily answer the call. With CallKit, that same swipe-to-answer screen will apply to Cisco Spark calls.
To give another example, with the API, Cisco Spark calls will appear in an iPhone user’s “recent calls” list along with all cellular calls (that way, the user doesn’t have to open a specific app to find their call logs).
Then, can we say that
Cisco + Apple = Faster WiFi and Convenient Work Environment,
Cisco + Apple = Next Generation Collaboration Experience,
Cisco + Apple = Fast-tracking the Mobile Enterprise,
Cisco + Apple = Mobile enterprise. Full speed ahead?
You may also have other different opinions.
The partnership of Cisco and Apple have last one year and came to fruition with iOS 10.
What can they do next?
Wait and see!