Forrester says Apple's iOS devices are 'ready for the enterprise', though RIM more secure

The latest Forrester research data suggests Apple’s iOS devices are already secure enough for deployment by enterprise users, as businesses grow ever more intrigued at the possibilities of Apple’s mobile devices.

Forrester does note that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform remains the most secure mobile OS, noting however that iPhones and iPads now “satisfy the basic security needs of most enterprises,” according to Andrew Jaquith, senior analyst with Forrester.

Computerworld offers a list of seven key areas in which Apple now offers basic security, including such things as email encryption, passcode locks, remote wipe, auto-erase after a specified number of unlock attempts and signed user configuration profiles.

These attempts mean, “The decision to support the iPhone and iPad in your enterprise is an easy call,” wrote Jaquith.

“Your rank-and-file employees want it, and your executives have likely already made many special requests to your IT team.”

While the iPad is seeing increased use in the enterprise, Forrester also warns that employers need to ensure workers stick to agreed security protocols, though that’s good advice for users of any device.

“With the right policies and technical controls, you can operate Apple mobile devices at least as securely as the typical corporate laptop, without malware and with an insurance policy (remote wipe) against theft or loss,” the analyst said.

These considerations have certainly driven councillors at UK’s Leicester City Council, who intend

Apple patent battles, Infineon acquisition speculation

Apple has settled one patent lawuit, been hit by another even as industry watchers ask if Apple has a plan to completely dominate the mobile industry through purchase of key component manufacturer, Infineon.

The latter speculation’s interesting. Apple’s plan to dominate the mobile market marries quite nicely with its increased focus on acquisitions, and even should the ARM/Apple rumors be nothing but hot air, then there’s some milage left in an Infineon purchase, even as AAPL demand locks others out from over-stretched component supply.

Rumors that Intel may acquire Infineon

Apple finds a solution to its Taiwan Mac Mini pricing conundrum

Apple will sell customers who ordered a Mac mini via the company’s online store in Taiwan their purchased computers at the price the machines were briefly advertised at – around a third normal price.

An error on Apple’s retail store meant 41,500 Mac mini orders were made at the price advertised, as we explained, Apple Taiwan Mac Mini price boo-boo makes a big brouhaha, Apple originally attempted to raise the cost to the normal price but got in hot water from Taiwan regulators for this.

Naturally, the deep discount (from NT$47,000 to an astonishingly good value NT$19,900) attracted plenty of attention, with numerous customers making orders (well, at that price?).

The pricing error occurred only in Apple’s online store for educational purchasers in that country. Apple will be verifying the eligibility under its educational purchase scheme for all customers who ordered at the lower price.

10 ways the iPad is transforming healthcare

In passing I figured some may be interested in this ten-point list over at FutureMedica (“The future of healthcare and biotechnology”) which tells us all about ten different ways in which the iPad is changing healthcare.

The list pretty much underlines how the iPad is taking a chunk out of the tablet/netbook market.

It is also offering a much more user-focused way in which to navigate tasks you may once have engaged in using a notebook.

Take a look at the collection to find out about apps to help predict the risk of heart surgery, networked devices to assist in medical records; solutions for home doctor visits…

Want more?

Sure there’s more.

iPads are also seeing service as: Patient consultation devices; money-saving for hospitals; paperless doctor’s practices; tools for people with diminished motor skills; info apps for patients; X-ray image checking; patient monitoring and health education.

Oh, and the video up above (which could do with improving)? It shows iTriage, a free mobile healthcare app which lets you look up your symptoms, find diseases and medical procedures.

Quite a lot there, huh?

Certainly with so many flexible and useful uses it fully explains just how come Gartner and IDC don’t count the iPad as a PC sale (that’s a position those firms shouldn’t even attempt to maintain).

After all, where healthcare goes, the enterprise is bound to follow