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.
Built-in support for key enterprise technologies in iOS paves the way for smooth integration of iPhone into a company’s existing infrastructure.
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, contacts, tasks and notes. iOS also supports calendar access through CalDAV and corporate directory access via CardDAV and LDAP.
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 deploying a critical mass of iOS devices, IT should evaluate an MDM solution that fit the needs of the organization.Learn more about iOS and MDM
iOS makes it easy for iPhone to connect securely to a company’s network with built-in support for industry-standard wireless network protocols and VPN services. iPhone users can access corporate data behind the firewall with the built-in VPN client in iOS and third-party SSL VPN apps on the App Store. Wi-Fi access for enterprises is supported by WPA2-Enterprise and 802.1X authentication. And features like Automatic Wi-Fi Login and Persistent Wi-Fi make the process of joining known networks and staying connected easy whether users are in the office or on the road.Learn more about iOS security
iOS makes it simple for employees to set up their iPhone right out of the box, without requiring help from IT.
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.
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
iCloud is a service that stores a user’s content — including mail, contacts, calendars, and documents — and wirelessly pushes it to associated devices and computers, automatically keeping everything up to date. With iCloud, employees can have access to all of their content wherever they are. Depending on company policy, certain features — like Photo Stream, iCloud Keychain, Documents in the cloud, and Backup — can be disabled using a configuration profile. With a third‑party MDM solution in place, managed apps can be prevented from backing up to iCloud. This gives users the benefits of using iCloud for personal data while keeping corporate information from being stored in the cloud.Learn more about iCloud
IT can configure company-owned devices through MDM without having to physically touch the devices before users get them. Through the Device Enrollment Program, IT can automate MDM enrollment and skip basic setup screens, streamlining the device activation process for users. So users can get up and running quickly, and IT can ensure ongoing management for these devices.*Download the Device Enrollment Program Guide to learn more
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.
iOS provides all the tools and technologies IT needs to deploy iPhone — from enrolling devices for use on the corporate network, to configuring settings and managing corporate data, to deploying and managing apps. And thanks to iOS and built-in frameworks for third‑party MDM solutions, IT can manage large deployments of iOS devices with ease and efficiency.
Once a device is enrolled in MDM, account settings, apps, and corporate policies are installed over the air. No further set up is required. Users can opt in or out of corporate services at any time, and MDM provides disclosure to users about what’s being configured and what IT is allowed to control.Learn more about iOS and MDM
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.
In cases where iOS devices are shared, such as in hospitals, retail, restaurants, and hotels, supervising devices provides additional control. When devices are supervised, IT can restrict features that are not appropriate for shared devices such as Find My Friends, user-generated Siri content, AirDrop, and Messages. IT can supervise devices wirelessly via MDM if the organization is enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program. Or for centrally managed iOS devices, IT can use Apple Configurator, an OS X app.Learn more about Apple Configurator