When Apple releases iOS 6 next Wednesday, it will include “several powerful enterprise features that enhance the ease with which CIOs & IT departments can put mobile to work,” Zenprise said in a blog post.
For Fruit Ninja, Skype, or Angry Birds lovers, the most important feature may be something called App Lock. It lets corporate IT lock down the iPhone or iPad so that it runs just one predetermined application and new software cannot be installed by the user.
That will pave the way for a new generation of iPads that will work more like cash registers than tablets. “For example, if a retailer wants to use iPads to enhance the customer in-store experience, the iOS 6 app lock-out feature makes it so that the only app on the device will be the one for the job at hand,” Zenprise said in an e-mail message.
…which is a perfectly reasonable thing for a retailer to want from an in-store handheld tablet computer. It’s a bad idea to use this feature on people’s personal tablets (or require them to activate that feature), of course; but the goal is to give employees tools that will help them do their jobs, not games that will help them avoid doing their jobs.
PS: Note the caveats. Company tablets, not-creepy. Imposing lock-downs on other people’s tablets, creepy.