Apple launched iOS9 this week to much excitement among iPhone and iPad fans.
But it’s not just consumers that should pay attention – the new operating system will have an impact
on the enterprise, too.
It could give IT admins an easier way to deploy, secure and manage iOS devices and apps, according to
MobileIron, allowing them to configure and deploy thousands of devices more easily, helping end users to become more productive.
Here are some of their top tips for IT admins on what’s new for Apple’s latest operating system.
1. Install apps without the App Store
Enterprise mobility managers can now install apps to supervised devices without enabling the Apple App Store, basically meaning you can install any app you want, as you have the source or the project to hand.
2. Automate enrolment
You can now enrol hundreds or thousands of supervised devices with just a few clicks using Apple’s Device Enrolment Programme (DEP) and Apple Configurator 2.
3. Protect managed business data from AirDrop
IT departments can now stop managed apps from sharing information via AirDrop, such as mail attachments from managed email accounts.
4. Convert employee-installed apps into managed apps
In iOS9 you can now transition a user-installed app into a managed app on managed devices, without losing any data.
5. Support UDP [user datagram protocol] through per-app Virtual Private Network
Apple’s latest operating system now includes support for streaming technologies through per-app VPN.
6. Install apps without an Apple ID
A new iOS9 feature – device-based licensing – allows IT to assign apps to devices instead of users, eliminating the need for an Apple ID.
7. Annotate and mark up Mail attachments
You can now circle a typo, add your signature to a contract, cross out a paragraph and make other changes, right at the point of sending an attachment.
8. Notes app overhaul
No longer just a simple text-based app, Notes is now a feature-rich, note-taking app that supports a checklist of ‘to do’ tasks, photos, maps, web links and more.
9. Support iPad multitasking features
New features in iOS9 mean the iPad is now a more robust enterprise device, with Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture functions.