At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple announced the second generation of the iPhone, or, iPhone 3G. The slight cosmetic updates are exciting to gadget fans, but a few changes are significant for business customers. First, the new iPhone has built-in support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync so that users will now have access to "push" email. In other words, iPhones can now be configured, apparently out of the box, to receive push e-mail in a Microsoft Exchange environment. As part of that support, IT administrators can securely manage any iPhone that contains confidential company information using remote wipe and enforced security and password policies. These device configuration and remote management capabilities allow IT departments to quickly and seamlessly deploy iPhone throughout their companies. Second, iPhone 2.0 software supports Cisco IPSec VPN to ensure the highest level of IP-based encryption for transmission of sensitive company information. Third, with the iPhone now supporting 3G data transmission, the desktop-style browser will provide an incredible tool for information retrieval in the field. Finally, the sweetness factor is very high.
You can covet the phone (and learn more about it) at Apple's iPhone website. But you'll have to wait until at least July 11th to get your hands on one.