Stories by Ryan Faas

  • Apple's healthy CareKit revolution

    Apple's new CareKit developer framework allows developers and doctors to connect copious amounts of healthcare data -- and make sense of it all. The end result should be healthier patients.

  • Why the iPad Pro may, or may not, work at work

    Apple's touting the iPad Pro as a full PC replacement. That might be true for anyone who's really mobile, but if access to legacy apps and corporate systems like Active Directory are important, it might not fit the bill.

  • 'Shared iPad' in Apple's iOS 9.3 update is a big deal

    Apple this week offered a tantalizing preview of its next update for iOS 9, showcasing Night Shift, CarPlay enhancements and -- most importantly -- a feature for education users that would fit right in at the office.

  • What Apple could learn from Windows 10

    After spending the past few months living with Windows 10, columnist Ryan Faas says there are aspects of Microsoft's OS that Apple should learn from and adopt.

  • Apple's HealthKit is available but some doctors remain skeptical

    After a bungled release of iOS 8.0.1, Apple finally managed to get HealthKit into the hands of iPhone owners. I've been pretty open about the ways that I think technologies like fitness trackers and HealthKit can change lives (and for anyone interested in keeping score, my Fitbit-related weight loss is now up to 42 pounds) and, having worked in healthcare IT, I think there is an immense amount of potential in these technologies.

  • How IT should prep for iOS 8

    Although Apple has incrementally improved business and enterprise functions with every iOS release, three releases were particularly significant for business users and the IT professionals that support them: iOS 2 (called iPhone OS 2 at the time), which introduced support for Exchange ActiveSync and configuration profiles; iOS 4, which introduced Apple's mobile management and app encryption APIs and helped launch the MDM/EMM industry; and last year's iOS 7, which ratcheted up enterprise security and management capabilities.

  • The iPhone 6 completes Apple's mobile line-up

    Apple this week <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2604468/apple-watch-steals-show-from-biggest-iphone-ever.html">launched its next generation of iPhones</a> -- the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- maintaining a two-device product cycle that mimics last year's iPhone 5s and 5c release.