Making the iPhone Better for Business

While its new smartphone is gorgeous and innovative, Apple should consider a few tweaks to optimize the iPhone for the corporate world

The arrival of the Apple iPhone has been an occasion for both praise of its breakthrough design and skepticism regarding its usefulness for business. Even before the device's June 29 debut in stores, Gartner Group (IT) warned corporations that the use of iPhones for e-mail could create serious security problems. On June 28, employees of the McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP), publisher of BusinessWeek, received official notice that because the iPhone "has been designed mainly for the consumer market and would not work within a corporate computing environment…it cannot be supported."

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