10 new iOS 7 features for the enterprise

10 new iOS 7 features for the enterprise

Summary: Apple has added 10 new enterprise features to iOS 7 making it the most manageable and secure mobile OS on the planet.

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iOS 7: What's in it for the Enterprise? - Jason O'Grady

Much fuss was made about iOS 7 at Apple's iPhone event yesterday in Cupertino, but aside from a lot of eye candy (and iTunes radio!) what's in it for the Enterprise? As it turns out, quite a bit.

iPhones and iPads are being deployed at companies in increasing numbers and with close to 700 million iOS devices sold, even those that don't "officially" support them are seeing an influx of them as part of the BYOD phenomenon.

Apple revealed that its next-generation mobile operating system will be released on September 18, 2013 and Enterprise users and IT administrators should note several new features that will make iPhones and iPads more secure and easier to manage in corporate environments. In addition, iOS 7 offers some new ways to configure and deploy devices at scale, and has new features to help businesses purchase, distribute, and manage apps.

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Perhaps the biggest new enterprise feature is the iPhone 5S' fingerprint identity sensor, which while technically hardware, is enabled by new software features in iOS 7. Branded as the Touch ID fingerprint reader and invisibly embedded in the home button, this 500ppi fingerprint sensor can keep enterprise data more secure than ever. Touch ID brings two-factor authentication to the iPhone, combining something you know (i.e. a passcode) with something you have (your fingerprint) to increase security. 

As detailed in its iOS 7 for business webpage, Apple's new OS has several offerings that will appeal to Enterprise users and administrators:

"Open in..." management

When you touch an email attachment on an iPhone you'll see the familiar "open in..." option which allows you to choose which app opens said attachment. iOS 7 allows business to protect corporate data by controlling which apps (and accounts) are used to open documents and attachments. Managed "open in..." gives IT the ability to configure the list of apps available in the sharing panel. This keeps work documents in corporate apps and also prevents personal documents from being opened in managed apps.

Per app VPN

iOS 7 apps can be configured to automatically connect to VPN when launched giving administrators granular control over corporate network access. It ensures that data transmitted by managed apps travels through VPN — and that other data, like an employee's personal web browsing activity, does not.

Enterprise single sign on

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 reenter passwords.

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

The new MDM protocol in iOS 7 includes several commands, queries, and configuration options that make third-party MDM solutions even more powerful. With iOS 7 MDM IT administrators can set up managed apps, install custom fonts, configure accessibility options and AirPrint printers, and whitelist AirPlay destinations over the air.

But that's not all!

Apple has also added Streamlined MDM enrollment, improved App Store license management, third-party app data protection, improved mail and support for Caching Server 2 into iOS 7, making it the most manageable and secure mobile OS on the planet.

Topics: Apple, Enterprise Software, iOS, iPhone, Mobile OS

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  • Yeah no thanks

    I-phone's will never touch our Enterprise network. Windows phone only.....
    jthompso@...
    • LOL!!!!

      iPhones are more in Enterprise networks than WP...
      athynz
    • Is this a joke?

      Windows phones? Are you nuts?
      tonyk58
  • Which planet?

    I am not sure which planet JDO is in.

    Definitely not in the enterprises I know.
    Krishna_Prasad
    • Huge in the Pharmaceutical Sales market...

      Just about every big pharma has these rolled out to their salesforce
      denobin
  • This must be why macs are such a fail

    No fingerprint sensor, no macs in the office. THATS why Windows rules the enterprise, right?

    *munch* popcorn while the apple folk backflip and try to explain why fingerprint scanners on phones make the phone more secure but why fingerprint scanners on PCs (but not macs) make them less secure.
    toddbottom3
    • Who said

      that fingerprint scanners on PCs make them less secure? This is the first I've heard of this.
      athynz
  • confused

    Is this an ad or an article? The summary really makes me wonder.
    Texrat
    • As Joshua in WarGames would say...

      "What's the difference?"
      Nemo Who
  • Oh boy

    Let you guys in on a little secret. A couple of years ago a company named Motorola came out with a smartphone that had Windows Mobile on it called the ES400. It is still on sale now. You will notice that 1 of it's features is a bio-metric scanner to guess what sign in to stuff that people is saying is revolutionary and brand new that Apple had brought out which in fact it had been out for a while. Take of the blinders, open your eyes and see the rest of the world and relax. Oh by the way, Apple was only the 1st to bring a smartphone with a 64 bit processor to market. Not the 1st to ever put 1 in a smartphone.
    kg4icg
    • Yes, but...

      The first ever to make these things work properly
      denobin
  • Interesting

    This is a major change of direction for Apple as Steve Jobs was all about form and beauty, whereas this looks to me as the next Blackberry? I think this is a major risk for Apple because Windows Phone is looking to move into exactly the same space. My money will be on M$ here because they have Office/Outlook. Apple has nothing yet.
    andrew.cowan@...
    • Don't forget

      Plus BlackBerry has a lot of space here too. And with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 which can manage BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices in the same platform I don't see the point in this.
      douken
  • Argument on who's first

    Is a pointless argument. Who's first WITH CRITICAL MASS OF FUNCTIONALITY, and reliability of that functionality, at a price that consumers will spend....... That's the $64 question. Of course, if u were able to answer that question, you'd be Steven Jobs.

    Incidentally toddbottom3 must not have a real job.... He seems to be on every blog spewing poison about anything Apple.
    DisruptiveThinker
  • Business Apple ID

    It should be possible to buy on the same device personal apps and content linked to Apple ID of the employee and enterprise apps linked to a company Apple ID. The first should be paid by the employee, the later should be invoiced to the company. As long this simple logic is not possible, iPhones and iPads remain difficult to manage in a enterprise environment
    cropr
    • Personal vs Enterprise pmts

      Good point, cropr. Isn't that a function of the App designer?
      DisruptiveThinker
    • It is possible...

      With an MDM application. Works very well and is transparent to the user.
      denobin
  • iPhone in the Enterprise?

    I'm sorry, did someone say Apple finally decided to provide messaging access for texts/MMS/IM available for businesses to archive? You mean the Apple iPhone will now be a compliant device? You didn't? It isn't?

    Yeah, big surprise. Oh, did you hear Samsung is working on an Enterprise Server like RIM/Blackberry currently has so that when Blackberry finally sinks the ship, there will be a real Enterprise solution? They absolutely are. Too bad Apple refuses to do this.

    Apple doesn't really care about the Enterprise. They are about appearances. When someone makes their poor security known or points out their lack of "X" for the real Enterprise, all Apple does is ignore it. Apple is going to sink like RIM/Blackberry. Mark my words, people are sick of Apple and the arrogance that accompanies everything they do.
    jleisten@...
    • Apple

      Did not care about enterprise as it was - and really still is - marketed as a consumer device... nowadays it is also being touted as an enterprise devices. The iPhone and iPad lines however are in enterprise and have been for quite some time... in fact they have driven out BB devices. These enterprise level improvements make iOS devices that much more enticing for enterprise users.

      BTW Apple is hardly the only arrogant tech company out there.
      athynz
    • Wrong

      Did you just ignore everything in this article and every other entrprise feature in past versions of iOS? iPhone/iPad are very well managed using an MDM suite via AirWatch or MobileIron. Don't present your opinion as fact.
      denobin