Cisco and Apple Announce New Features

June 5, 2017 - 6 Comments

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we unveiled initial customer solutions from the Apple and Cisco partnership. We started off by seamlessly integrating enterprise calling, prioritizing business critical applications, and optimizing the Wi-Fi experience for iPhone and iPad on Cisco networks. We’ve seen healthy adoption across multiple verticals, including healthcare and retail.

Today, I’m pleased to give you a glimpse into what’s next from Apple and Cisco.

We’re broadening support for optimized Apple devices on Cisco networks. We all want the apps that we rely on for work to simply work, no matter which Apple device they’re using.  We are pleased to announce that we’ve extended the “Fast lane” for business critical apps to macOS. This will enable you to be productive and efficient while working on the device of your choice – iPad, iPhone or Mac, even when the network is congested.

We are delivering effortless meetings with Cisco Spark and Cisco WebEx on iOS and Safari. Building upon our commitment to deliver seamless experiences, we are enhancing how Cisco Spark and Cisco WebEx will take full advantage of iOS 11 in three significant ways.

  • Cisco Spark and Cisco WebEx meetings are now a simple tap away from your iOS calendar or meeting notification.
  • When joining a Cisco meeting from an iOS device, users will be able to seamlessly share their screen real time with other meeting participants.
  • Guests and infrequent users of Cisco Spark or Cisco WebEx will be able to quickly join on Safari with full audio, video, and presentation viewing capabilities.

We are also working with Apple and the developer community to help them take advantage of the innovation we’re delivering. Check out Susie Wee’s blog on how Cisco DevNet is helping iOS developers validate their enterprise apps for Fast lane and integrate Cisco Spark video and voice into their apps.

Reach out to your account team if you want to be the first to try these new features. Tune in to Cisco’s annual customer event – Cisco Live! and check as Cisco makes more announcements around our innovative solutions.

What do you think? What else do you want to see? Let me know @rowantrollope.


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  1. Supporting IOS by taking advantage of the ability to share your screen in real time is a much appreciated feature that I have been waiting to be added in for a while. Thank you for taking the time to add this feature into the product.

  2. It is really efficient while working on the device of your choice – iPad, iPhone or Mac, even when the network is congested.

  3. These are really brilliant features, however I would also like to see support for Cisco AMP for endpoints for iOS, is that coming or will have to with more?

  4. I look forward to using these features myself. When I’m taking a meeting on the go, I’m already pressed for time. I don’t have time to dig through the meeting invite for the right link. Glad to see Apple and Cisco coming together to just make things work!

  5. IPad Pro can use the Apple Pencil.
    I would like to see webex make use of it.
    A whiteboard feature in webex on iPad would be great.
    I would like to share a document on webex on the iPad and be able to draw on it with the pencil in webex. Also to allow other participants to draw on the same document.

    I know there is Spark, but Spark is too late. I don’t know anyone who uses it. You should build Spark features into webex.

  6. Rowan, I put this strategy together for John Chambers 4 years ago. The main effort was to increase software sales in the enterprise, but also to get a platform in place for mobile, apps, sorry you guys have been so slow to move this along, you also have not deliver the apps as defined for Chambers, you should go get the original strategy doc and take a look