Simple to scale.

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 of setup and ease of use that iOS devices are known for.

Prepare.

Built-in support for key enterprise technologies in iOS paves the way for smooth integration of iPhone into your company’s existing infrastructure.

Mail, Calendar, Contacs.

iOS supports seamless integration of the most popular enterprise communication systems. Direct connection with mail servers like Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino via Exchange ActiveSync as well as IMAP servers provides users with reliable access to corporate email, calendars, and contacts. iOS also supports calendar access through CalDAV and corporate directory access via CardDAV and LDAP.

Management solutions.

Third-party mobile device management (MDM) solutions offer a simplified and efficient way to enroll, configure, and manage large quantities of iOS devices. These server-based solutions work in concert with the built-in MDM framework in iOS. This framework enables MDM servers to contact devices on demand without affecting performance or battery life. Before you deploy a critical mass of iOS devices, be sure to evaluate an MDM solution to fit the needs of your organization.

Learn more about iOS and MDM

Set up.

iOS makes it simple for employees to set up their iPhone right out of the box, without requiring help from IT.

Setup Assistant.

iPhone users can activate their device, configure basic settings, and start working right away — all on their own. iOS Setup Assistant empowers users to get up and running in minutes without the technology getting in the way. And for organizations with large-scale deployments, this means a faster start to productivity across the board and more time for IT to focus on other technical projects. Beyond basic settings, users can customize their iPhone with personal preferences like language, location services, Siri, iCloud, and Find My iPhone.

Apple ID.

An Apple ID is a personal account used for access to 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, they can create one before they even have their device so configuration can be as quick as possible.

Learn more about Apple ID

Configure and manage.

Deploying iOS devices has never been easier. With built-in support for third-party MDM solutions, iOS drives faster onboarding as well as advanced control over corporate data.

Corporate data protection.

The same features that keep corporate data in the right place also work to keep personal data from being seen or managed by an employer. IT can keep corporate data in corporate-managed apps without requiring users to make complex decisions about work containers or isolated workspaces. With fine-grain control that iOS provides behind the scenes, IT can closely manage corporate data while employees can focus on getting their work done.

Supervised devices.

In cases where iOS devices are shared, such as in hospitals, retail, restaurants, and hotels, supervising devices provides additional control. When devices are supervised, you can restrict features that are not appropriate for shared devices such as Find My Friends, user-generated Siri content, AirDrop, and Messages. You can supervise devices wirelessly via MDM if you are enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program. Or for centrally-managed iOS devices, use Apple Configurator, an OS X app.*

Learn more about Apple Configurator

Distribute apps.

App distribution in large quantities is simple and flexible. Whether you’re deploying apps purchased from the Volume Purchase Program, or in-house apps directly, there’s a range of options for getting apps to your employees.

Simple self-service.

Help users help themselves by providing anytime access to iOS apps. An internal app portal is a convenient, secure way to provide a single, centralized destination for business apps within your 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 Volume Purchase Program code, or directly install a custom in-house app. And many MDM providers offer self-service portals for free as part of their solution.

Optimized delivery.

iOS updates, apps, and content can be cached locally using Caching Server 2 in OS X Mavericks Server. This speeds up the download and delivery of content over your corporate network.

Learn more about Caching Server 2

*Only devices purchased directly from Apple in the US using your enrolled and verified Apple Customer Numbers are eligible for use and assignment in the Device Enrollment Program, provided they have not been previously disowned. Device eligibility is also limited to orders placed within three years of your organization's enrollment into the program. An Apple Customer Number is the account number assigned to your organization by Apple and used to purchase Apple hardware or software. It is required to verify your organization's eligibility for enrollment into the Device Enrollment Program.