iPhone 6S to have positive impact on BYOD

iPhone 6S to have positive impact on BYOD

Apple's new iPhone 6S could have a substantially positive impact on businesses employing a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, experts have suggested.

The latest incarnation of one of the world's favourite smartphone models brings with it a new operating system iOS 9, which in turn boasts a number of new security features that are sure to catch the eye of IT departments.

New six-digit PIN codes are combined with two-factor authentication, creating around one million different combinations, a substantial increase from the 10,000 combinations available on previous versions.

Apple claims the two-factor authentication will be built into OSX El Capitan, as well as iOS 9, enhancing the chances of linking desktops with mobile devices.

Once enrolled, users will be prompted for a verification code whenever they sign into their Apple ID account from a new device or browser.

The code will be sent to a user's phone or will be automatically displayed on another Apple device that is already registered.

According to the iOS Hacker's Handbook, the move will represent a shift away from short passcodes, which can be compromised in less than 18 minutes.

David Reiff, co-founder and vice president of uBreakiFix told SCMagazine.com that the added complexity was likely to be welcomed by many IT departments.

“Usability-wise it will be more of a pain to enter your passcode, I think it's going to push users to use Touch-ID rather than entering their PIN code to unlock their phone,” he said.