Apple makes life easier for MSPs and IT managers by giving its mobile device operating system a number of key business-centric improvements.
By Geoffrey Oldmixon
September 27, 2013
Apple’s latest iOS upgrade features a lot more than a new Siri accent. In fact there are a number of improved features and abilities that channel pros and IT admins should know.
As Fiberlink marketing director Jonathan Dale puts it, “It’s pretty clear to me that Apple has put a considerable amount of time and effort into solving some of the challenges IT managers face while also trying to balance to the protection of corporate data and personal use.”
Seven iOS 7 Improvements
With help from mobile solutions developer Fiberlink, we offer seven important things you should know about iOS 7.
- MDM Support—iOS 7 makes it easier for MSPs and IT managers to manage mobile devices, starting with managed apps and whitelisting capabilities. Company-owned devices can also be automatically enrolled in MDM during activation, making it easier for SMBs to secure and manage devices.
- App Control—New App Store license management enables SMBs to retain full ownership of purchased iOS apps. When an employ leaves a company, for example, that company can reallocate use of that app to another member of the team.
- Improved VPN—Per-app VPN enables IT to choose which apps will connect automatically to the corporate network when opened. This ensures sensitive company data is transferred only over the secured channels.
- Enhanced Containerization—SMBs can control company data by limiting the ways it can be accessed. New “Open In” management enables MSPs and IT admins to specify which apps can open company data, helping to separate that data from personal data.
- App Passcodes—All third-party apps are now passcode protected via automatic data protection enablement.
- Single Sign-On—Single sign-on features enable employees to cut down time by automatically verifying credentials for corporate apps. This means users can sign into corporate apps once and gain secure access to all corporate apps without multiple sign-ins per session.
- Email Usability—Smart mailboxes, PDF support, and improved search functionality make the latest iteration of the Mail app more business-friendly.
MOBILE COMPUTING company Fiberlink contributed to this report.