Apple in the enterprise? It's already there

One problem, however, continues to plague Android-based mobile devices: software updates. That's because there are so many versions of Android, and the hardware is controlled by carriers, not Google.

"I had an Android device for some time that I hadn't been updating and I asked one of the major carriers for updates. They'd send an update and I'd install it and then they'd tell me I had to wait 24 hours before I could ask for the next update," Baker said. "I'm about seven updates into that cycle now and I still haven't gotten to Android N yet. They make it a very cumbersome process, which Apple doesn't do."

Apple controls both its iOS hardware and software and can send update notifications to all devices, regardless of the operating system version.

"So, if you're going to have a bring-your-own-device program with your organization, chances are very good that the enterprise is going to approve an iOS device because the enterprise perceives those as being more secure," Baker said. "It's not necessarily the case anymore, but that perception is still there."

Could the iPhone 8 and its hefty price tag hurt enterprise adoption?

As Apple prepares to launch the iPhone 8 on Tuesday, analysts don't believe companies that issue hardware to some employees will so much as blink at the higher price tag, which could be north of US$1,000.

In fact, as iPhone and iPad processing capabilities increase with a more powerful A11 processor, IT managers may see a hardware consolidation play.

"Can the iPad become their main PC?" Milanese said. "[If] so, I don't have to manage two different things. And, can I get my employee one iPhone so they don't need a bigger tablet? That may be a way to justify the higher cost."

If the iPhone 8 does break the US$1,000 price mark, it will be in line with mobile industry trends. For example, the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone retails for around US$950, "so this is where hardware is going," Millenese said.

Computerworld (US)