Apple has offered a number of fascinating enhancements for iOS and Mac admins within the not too long ago offered iOS 14, together with new APIs for cell instrument control (MDM) and value enhancements.
The straightforward (however excellent) stuff
One of the crucial higher improvements is the creation of selection. iPhone and iPad customers can now make a choice which internet browser and/or e mail app they need to use. Whilst Safari is extremely protected (and extra protected in the most recent OS iterations), the true wonderful thing about this growth is in e mail, as enterprises constructed round Microsoft Place of job will now be capable to standardize on Outlook on endeavor cell gadgets. The method is lovely easy: Set up the app you need to make use of after which set it as default in utility Settings at the instrument.
Privateness may be progressed with a recording indicator that is displayed each time an app has get entry to to the microphone or digital camera
Enhancements for MDM
Apple has signalled the significance of endeavor IT with its fresh Fleetsmith acquire and has boosted this message with a chain of helpful APIs in its newest (or upcoming) working techniques that MDM builders could make use of.
Pronouncing same-day strengthen for iOS 14, Jamf CTO Jason Wudi stated: “This yr, Apple has made vital updates in person provisioning, robust endeavor workflows, and making sure safety whilst upholding person privateness, and we’re fascinated by what those developments imply for IT and the top customers that depend on Apple’s platforms.”
Microsoft Intune may be handing over new capability at the side of iOS/macOS. “Microsoft Intune is happy to strengthen Apple of their release of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7,” the corporate stated. “We’re extremely joyful to ship new capability along Apple’s release.” You’ll learn extra in this at Microsoft right here.
The brand new APIs ship helpful enhancements.
Apple is permitting higher regulate of the setup procedure right through instrument activation. One of the crucial key steps this is that admins can boost up the method through skipping useless steps. For instance, in case your workers don’t use an Apple Watch, there is not any want to paintings thru or cancel the setup steps for the instrument.
Apple’s determination to take Shared iPad out of the classroom and into the enterprise will also pay dividends. It means that admins can create user-level configurations of shared devices. They should also see the number of users configured on a single device in their admin console, assuming users are resident on those devices.
Apple has also improved VPN configuration. In this case, that means admins can configure systems with VPN settings for specific and default apps. They can also specify which apps and domains can use the VPN – again, this provides an additional level of control around access to corporate services and data.
Apple has improved managed apps so admins can now enable permissions to allow end-users to remove them from their devices if they aren’t required and forbid such removal if they are required.
Apple also improved MDM around content caching. It’s now possible to build MDM solutions that provide contentcaching metrics, which lets admins monitor use.
Admins can also now set time zones and restrict the randomization of MAC addresses over Wi-Fi. These enhancements should help improve enterprise security, particularly as many businesses are now exploring geolocation protection around WFH deployments in an attempt to build a border against remote phishing attacks.
Apple hasn’t shipped the next version of macOS, but the release builds in numerous enterprise improvements first seen in iOS. Enrolment has been improved, including with supervised enrollment. It is now also possible to defer updates for up to 90 days, or force update managed devices. App management via MDM has also been improved as described above. We can anticipate further enhancements to the platform as the company coalesces around Apple Silicon.
Opportunity: App Clips
While not an enterprise-focused improvement per se, one of the big opportunities in iOS 14 may turn out to be App Clips. These are cut-down versions of a native app that provide just enough code for an iOS device to handle a single transaction. These might be of use in iOS-compatible guest logging and entry systems, and may provide useful conduits for retail, visitor attractions and hospitality deployments – assuming we ever get to visit places again.
The idea is that by providing users with a taste of what an app can do, it becomes easier to encourage users to install the full app.
Let me know which of these enterprise improvements are of particular use within your enterprise or flag any smaller enhancements that merit a little more attention.
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