Previously, we’ve brought you end-to-end management for iOS, starting from DEP enrollment, complemented with silent software installations via VPP and made the setup totally automatic with our business policy enforcement. Now, Apple has just released their much anticipated update to the iOS operating system with a version number of 9.3. In addition to visible changes, like Night Shift, Apple has rolled out some really nice business features with iOS 9.3. We’ve already been working on getting support for these new features so you can enjoy them right away with our Enterprise plan.
Application black/whitelisting is one of the major boons for business in iOS 9.3, and as a much requested featured from us, we’re glad to say it’s now here. You can ban even system applications, except for the Settings app, enabling you to effectively set up a restricted device with just those apps which you want to have. This could be used for example public access devices, or you could easily disable Safari, Youtube, Netflix or other bandwidth hungry apps to save in data costs on company devices.
While seemingly a small thing, a lot of you people have requested this from us, and we’re glad to oblige. All you have to do is find your favorite image, drag, and drop. In business use, this will enable you to project an aura of professionalism just by having your phones on the meeting room table.
It’s all automatic
Don’t forget – these are not just available for a single device. After you’ve set up a black or a whitelist and a wallpaper, you can configure these as parts of business policies. All you have to do is to set a policy for your devices, or a group of them, and have all your whitelists, restrictions, wallpaper and other configuration settings be delivered automatically. After setup, it’s literally zero touch, you can order your devices directly to your users and they’ll be managed literally out of the box.
Up and coming
iOS 9.3 will also allow us to implement arranging the screen layout of your devices, and for educators, Apple has come up with a way to share iPads, a classroom app and a school manager. Apple will also allow for Managing student’s Apple IDs and after graduation, allowing them to keep all their materials and work.
Check back for updates, and especially for you educators out there – send me a message! I’d love to hear your plans for Apple’s education ecosystem. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org