While you’re showing off your new iOS 7 flat design layout on your iPhone to your Android friends, you might have missed out some of the new powerful features for business that Apple has put in to enhance security and allow IT administrators to have more control over iOS devices. We’ve picked a few of the new iOS 7 stuffs that you should be aware of or even consider to implement with your enterprise apps.
iOS devices are always recommended for deploying internal enterprise mobile solutions. One of the reason is because Apple’s iOS system have done a tremendous job in providing comprehensive enterprise features for IT managers. One of the most famous enterprise feature in iOS 6 is the MDM API which tells the employee or users to install an app. However, it required users’ permission or IT managers will need to set the MDM system to perform certain (eg, lock the device) if the users refuse to install an app. Now via the MDM API, an IT administrator can send an app to the device and have it installed silently in the background. There is no need to ask the user which delays compliance, the app just installs itself.
With the iOS 7 app store license management feature, now you can use the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to retain licenses to all of the apps you distribute to all user devices. However, you need to ensure that all your iPhone/iPad users have their own Apple ID while onboarding them to your company’s BYOD program.
Another very powerful feature allows an app to report back, or provide feedback to the MDM system. This could be anything the developer wants to send like errors the app is encountering for example. Allowing the app to provide feedback will certainly cut down on app troubleshooting and even help desk call lengths as companies will now have visibility into the app on a user’s iOS device. The MDM system can then make the feedback available in a secondary system to be consumed by that system.
All third-party apps will now have a “data protection mode” enabled, so data stored in those apps are protected with a user’s passcode — which a strong and unique encryption key is generated from — until their device is unlocked after each reboot.
Before iOS 7, enabling VPN on an iPhone meant the entire device would have access to the corporate back-end via the VPN connection—posing some security risks as well as transmitting an employee’s personal data to the corporate network. With iOS 7 and any supported VPN product from vendors such as Cisco and Juniper, VPN connections are launched at an app level: IT can configure apps to automatically connect to the company’s VPN only when they are launched.
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To view the full list of new iOS 7 features for Business, check it out HERE
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