Businesses have a variety of options for deploying and managing iPhone, whether devices are company‑owned or employee‑owned. From basic out‑of‑the‑box setup to full‑scale mass configuration, users will appreciate the simplicity and ease of use of iOS.
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Built-in support for key enterprise technologies in iOS paves the way for smooth integration of iOS devices into a company’s existing infrastructure. Get your environment prepared with the following steps and solutions.
When preparing to deploy iOS devices, evaluate the network environment to make sure your organization takes full advantage of everything iOS offers. Consistent, dependable access to a wireless network is critical for setting up and configuring iOS devices. Evaluate the VPN infrastructure to make sure employees can securely access company resources via their devices remotely.Learn more about iOS security
iOS supports seamless integration of the most popular enterprise communication systems like Microsoft Exchange. Verify the Microsoft ActiveSync service is up to date and configured to support your users. With cloud-based Microsoft Office 365, ensure that you have sufficient licenses for your devices. iOS can also integrate with just about any standards-based service.
Evaluate third‑party solutions.
To wirelessly configure and manage a large number of iOS devices in a simplified and efficient way, your organization will need a third-party management solution. These solutions work in concert with the built-in management framework in iOS to update settings, monitor policy compliance, deploy apps, and remotely wipe or lock managed devices.Learn more about iOS and MDM
iOS makes it simple for employees to start using their devices right out of the box, without requiring help from IT. Whether setting up devices in a BYOD environment or deploying company-owned devices, iOS provides tools and programs to help users get up and running quickly.
Out of the box, employees can activate their devices, configure basic settings, and start working right away using Setup Assistant in iOS. Beyond basic settings, users can customize their personal preferences like language, location, Siri, iCloud, and Find My iPhone. Setup Assistant also enables the user to create a personal Apple ID if they don't have one already.
Get an Apple ID.
An Apple ID is a personal account used for accessing Apple services like FaceTime, iMessage, App Store, iTunes, and iCloud. In order to get the most out of these services, have employees use their own Apple ID. If they don't have one yet, employees can create an ID before they even have their device, so configuration is as quick as possible.Learn more about Apple ID
iCloud is a service that allows users to automatically sync documents and personal content such as contacts, calendars, documents, and photos, and keep them up to date between multiple devices. Users can also back up an iOS device automatically when connected to Wi-Fi, or use Find My iPhone to locate a lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.Learn more about iCloud
With built-in support for third-party management solutions, iOS drives faster onboarding as well as advanced control over corporate data. Leverage the latest tools and programs from Apple to make configuration turnkey.
Deploy easily and efficiently.
iOS deployments can be streamlined through several management techniques that simplify account setup, configure corporate policies, distribute apps, and apply device restrictions. Users can then do most of the setup themselves through the Setup Assistant built into iOS. And after iOS devices are configured and enrolled in MDM, they can be wirelessly managed by IT.Learn more about iOS and MDM
The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy corporate-owned iOS devices purchased directly from Apple. Automatically enroll devices in MDM without having to physically touch or prep the devices before users get them. Further simplify the setup process by removing specific steps in the Setup Assistant, so users are up and running quickly.Download the Device Enrollment Program Guide to learn more
In environments where iOS devices are shared, such as in hospitals, retail stores, and restaurants, supervision provides a higher level of device management for devices owned by your organization, allowing additional restrictions such as turning off Find My Friends, AirDrop, and Messages. Using DEP, supervision can be wirelessly enabled on the device during setup or enabled using Apple Configurator.Learn more about Apple Configurator
Device Enrollment Program.
The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy institutionally owned iPhones, iPads, and Macs that are purchased directly from Apple. Enrollment begins by creating an Apple Deployment Programs account.
Download the Device Enrollment Program Guide
Distribute apps and books.
App and book distribution in large quantities is simple and flexible. Whether deploying apps purchased from the Volume Purchase Program or in-house apps directly, take advantage of various options for getting apps to employees.
Manage your distribution.
Distributing and managing apps for your employees is key to ramping up productivity across the organization. With the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), organizations can purchase apps and books in volume for both OS X and iOS. Additionally, by using third-party management solutions, you can distribute, configure, and remove apps in large quantities with ease and efficiency.Download the VPP Business Guide
Simplify self-service for users.
An internal app portal is a convenient, secure way to provide a centralized destination for business apps throughout the company. It can be as easy as setting up a web server that lists a catalog of available apps. Users simply tap a URL that prompts them to install an App Store app, redeem a VPP code, or install a custom in‑house app.
Speed up content delivery.
Caching Server is an integrated feature in OS X Server that saves previously requested content like documents, apps, and books. This minimizes needed bandwidth by hosting content locally, and speeds software delivery from the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store. Caching Server can also cache software updates for faster download to devices.Learn more about Caching Server 2
Volume Purchase Program.
The Volume Purchase Program makes it easy for businesses to find, buy, and distribute apps and books in volume to employees throughout the organization. Enrollment begins by creating an Apple Deployment Programs account.Enroll in the Volume Purchase Program
Download the Volume Purchase Program Guide
Service and support.
With help from Apple, businesses can deliver services and support throughout the entire organization — without adding additional IT resources.
AppleCare OS Support.
Get advanced integration and deployment support for your IT department. Choose from three levels of support to benefit from features such as one-hour response times for Priority 1 issues, and a designated Technical Account Manager.Learn more
AppleCare+ provides service and support coverage for two years from the iPhone or iPad purchase date, including up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee.Learn more
iOS Direct Service Program.
Manage an inventory of iPhone and iPad devices directly with Apple. Get diagnostic tools and next-day product replacement to help keep all the company’s devices up and running.Learn more
Resources for IT.
The following resources are available to support any size deployment. Get the information you need to make your deployment successful.
iOS Enterprise Deployment Resources
Deploy successfully with technical documentation and information.