iOS 7 provides enhanced security; powerful new ways to configure and deploy devices at scale; and features to help businesses purchase, distribute and manage apps with ease. Features including per-app VPN, enterprise single sign-on, App Store licence management and new mobile device management (MDM) configuration options are just some of the new capabilities in iOS 7 that provide more for organisations of all sizes.
“Open in” management.
Protect corporate data by controlling which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments. Managed “Open in” gives IT teams the ability to configure the list of apps available in the sharing panel. This keeps work documents in corporate apps, and prevents personal documents from being opened in managed apps.
Apps can now be configured to automatically connect to a VPN when they launch. Per-app VPN gives IT teams granular control over corporate network access. It ensures that data transmitted by managed apps travels through a VPN, and that other data — like an employee’s personal web browsing activity — does not.
App Store licence management.
The App Store Volume Purchase Program (VPP) now offers businesses the ability to assign apps to their users while the business keeps full ownership and control over app licences. Companies purchase app licences through the VPP website, and can use their MDM solution to assign apps to employees over the air. Employees can enrol with their personal Apple ID without providing it to the company, and apps are placed in the employee’s purchase history for self-service download — or are installed automatically via MDM. Apps can be revoked at any time, and reassigned to other employees. In addition to iOS apps, VPP now supports the purchase of Mac apps and even books, so businesses can provide users with all the tools they need to get the job done.
New MDM configuration options.
The MDM protocol in iOS 7 includes a number of new commands, queries and configuration options that make third-party MDM solutions even more powerful. Wirelessly set up managed apps, install customised fonts, configure accessibility options and AirPrint printers, and ‘whitelist’ AirPlay destinations.
Enterprise single sign-on.
Authenticating in corporate apps is now as simple as doing it once. Enterprise single sign-on (SSO) means user credentials can be used across apps, including apps from the App Store. Each new app configured with SSO verifies user permissions for enterprise resources, and logs users in without requiring them to re-enter their passwords.
Third-party app data protection.
Using methods that leverage the user’s passcode to create a strong and unique encryption key, data protection gives IT teams peace of mind that corporate data is secured without the need for additional configuration. All third-party apps now have data protection enabled automatically, so information stored in App Store apps is protected with the user’s passcode until they first unlock their device after each reboot.
A whole new design and new system-wide gestures make Mail easier to use than ever. New features — like the ability to add and reorganise smart mailboxes in the mailbox list, the option to view PDF annotations, and a totally redesigned search — make the killer app for business even better. Microsoft Exchange 2010 users can also now sync notes with Outlook on their Mac or PC.
Caching Server 2 supports iOS 7.
By caching purchased content and software updates on a local Mac running OS X Mavericks Server, Caching Server 2 speeds up the download and delivery of content through the App Store, the Mac App Store, the iTunes Store and the iBooks Store. Your users can download content and updates to their iOS devices faster, directly over your corporate network.