Apple has an ingenious knack for providing its customers with mobile devices they love. For its first fiscal quarter of 2013, the company announced iPhone sales of 47.8 million, up from 37 million in the year-ago quarter, and iPad sales of 22.9 million, compared to 15.4 million in the same quarter last year.
Mobile devices from Apple, and from other manufacturers, are fast replacing PCs in the enterprise, as workers fuel the BYOD (bring-your-own device) phenomenon. “Smartphones and tablets will be the two most widely used devices for UC in 2013, passing traditional computers and desk phones,” Infonetics Research said in a recent report.
It’s clear workers want to use their favorite mobile devices in the workplace, and they’re asking IT managers to help them integrate them.
Responding to this trend, ShoreTel has released a new solution, ShoreTel Dock, to turn Apple iPads and iPhones into desk phones, integrating the convenience of mobile devices with the power of a business communications system. The industry’s first business-grade device, ShoreTel Dock transforms iPhones and iPads into unified communications end points, so that workers can use their Apple handheld devices as their primary business communications tools.
“ShoreTel Mobility is a game changer for companies with leaders who see effective communications as a competitive advantage and who are trying to win by leveraging the power of unified communications. The ShoreTel Dock is a natural extension providing the conveniences of a desk phone for iPhones and iPads,” said Kevin Gavin, ShoreTel’s chief marketing officer.