Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) wrapped up this earlier this month, and while most people were justifiably fixated on the nifty bells and whistles Apple will be introducing with iOS 10, what caught our attention was a more under-the-radar revelation: with the rollout of iOS 10 this fall, Cisco Spark’s mobile app will be leveraging iOS 10 to deliver seamless voice and video calling.
But let’s back up a minute. What is Cisco Spark? Well, what ISN’T Cisco Spark. It does pretty much everything. Cisco’s all-in-one collaboration platform bundles messaging, conferencing and voice calling tools in one easy-to-use package.
With 5GB of free content storage per user and the ability to create an unlimited number of rooms, Cisco Spark enables mobile users to juggle intimate 1:1 video and voice calls along with group messaging, content-sharing and video conferences with up to three participants. It’s an ideal collaboration and communication solution for on-the-go team members who excel at multitasking.
And as a bonus, Cisco Spark’s open APIs give developers the power to customize Spark and integrate it into their company’s day-to-day operations in ways that make sense for them.
After Apple unveiled iOS 10, Cisco announced that an updated version of Spark, to be released around the time iOS 10 is finally ready for its public launch, will be even more intuitive and easy to use on iPhones and iPads.
Basically what Spark users will be getting is a collaboration solution that is always just a swipe or click away. With the updated version of Spark, users will be able to make Spark calls in the same way they make plain old cell calls--with iOS contacts, recents and favorites. And users will also be able to receive a call with a swipe on the lock screen. Additionally, Spark calls will come with call waiting, so you can switch from Spark calls to regular cell calls with ease.
And finally, IT departments can set up your organization’s iPhones or iPads to automatically route any calls to people within your organization through Cisco Spark, so you can improve compliance while keeping calling costs down.
Again, there is no firm release date for this update to Spark, but when iOS 10 is unveiled, Spark will be there with it.