When Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled its iOS 8 platform at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), it also released a programming language, Swift, that changed the game.

Apple iOS 8

Five key changes with Apple’s iOS 8 that should be considered

While Swift requires application developers to study to gain education into a new code dynamic, there are five key changes with iOS 8 that should be considered,

A significant capability change occurred in how to manage applications, storage, integration with other applications and tracking applications.

With the phone’s upgraded function through iBeacon and indoor locations, commercial applications are being developed that track user access to a building, allow for more detailed company ID cards and provide unique control points for security to manage access to an office or subsections within that office.

Not only is tracking more sophisticated, but integration between applications using Handoff further streamlines the process for users. This tightly integrates all Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices into one seemless workflow.  The primary example given is starting an email on the iPhone and finishing it on a Mac laptop.  More sophisticated applications for business utilize the power of cloud computing and enable connection of related projects and applications into one seamless workflow.

This leads to one of the most significant features, the cloud storage. With the document storage capability, any application is allowed access to the Apple cloud. While this opens up security concerns, the integration of S/MIME might help calm nervous users.  A major feature touted during the brief enterprise section of the WWDC keynote was the addition of per-message encryption using S/MIME, which provides greater security posture.

Apple’s “managed entity” concept

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s “managed entity” concept was designed with flow of business and separating this from personal data in mind. It was done in a way that provides security for a company’s internal content as well as security and privacy around a user’s personal apps and information through a form of what is known as “containerization” and data leakage protection that is largely invisible to the end user.

In many ways the iOS 8 has a reputation as a personal phone, it is really the business applications that could be driving revenue for Apple in the future.