iPhone users and iPhone developers alike jumped for joy yesterday when Apple announced the iPhone SDK. Apple also previewed its iPhone 2.0 software that is scheduled to release this June. Enterprise customers can register for the iPhone 2.0 software beta right now as well.
According to Apple the iPhone 2.0 software adds some significant features for enterprise users including support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync that provides secure over-the-air push email, contacts, and calendars. Several mail features will be added to the iPhone with the 2.0 update including the ability to view PowerPoint attachments along with Word and Excel. One feature that I have longed for is on the feature list as well, the ability to mass delete and move emails. Too bad Apple didn’t add the ability to mark emails as read in mass.
Other features the new software will add include remote wipe and the addition of a Cisco IPSec VPN for encrypted remote network access for corporations. The iPhone SDK itself adds the features you would expect a SDK to offer including APIs and tools needed to create applications for the iPhone and the iPod touch. The iPhone SDK is available today for download and includes an iPhone Simulator that will run on Mac only.