Apple’s decision to migrate Macs to Apple Silicon opens up interesting opportunities for enterprise IT but also poses some challenges, not least that of further balkanization unless the company ensures its products play nice with others.

The good, the bad and the FUD-ly

The good side of the move to Apple Silicon on enterprise Macs is better interoperability with those growing fleets of iPhones and iPads and the opportunity for new innovation in the space.

These Macs will have on chip machine intelligence and a growing set of OS-based APIs developers can use to create interesting new enterprise applications.

Not only that, but security should be as solid as any other iOS product, including things like Face and Touch ID on the Macs. This will make it much easier to manage and control user access to critical enterprise services, for example.

One good illustration of how iOS is already in use across the IoT-based enterprise being the forthcoming Swift Heroes event aimed at iOS developers building Bluetooth LE applications for use across IoT and Industry 4.0.

The problem is that migrating the entire platform to Apple Silicon means some businesses, particularly those with heterogenous deployments, will need to be reassured the new Macs work well with other solutions they have in play – including any smart manufacturing or IoT devices they may rely on.

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