I’ve been writing about iOS 7 all summer, but tomorrow is the day that it finally arrives!
We already know about many of the new enterprise features, and I’ve covered them at length over the last few months. However, there are still many details that have been hidden behind Apple’s non-disclosure agreements all that time. Tomorrow that will come to an end, and we’ll finally be able to dig a lot deeper into iOS 7.
So what will happen? First off many, you can expect that many EMM vendors will be putting out press releases about how they support iOS 7, along with a myriad of blog posts and webinars. However, what I’ll be looking out for is the official mobile device management documentation from Apple.
Resources from Apple
Apple puts out extensive—yet clear and concise—information about iOS MDM capabilities. Reading it all straight from the source is valuable because it gives you all the baseline capabilities that all the third-party MDM vendors work with. Seriously, head to Apple’s MDM pages first!
At the time of writing this (Tuesday, September 17) everything still points to iOS 6 information, but here are some of the most useful parts:
—The iPhone in Business IT Center page includes some key documents: (Scroll down and click on "Browse all IT Resources.")
- iOS 6 Deployment Scenarios documentation (PDF)
- More in-depth iOS Security documentation (PDF)
- Information about the Volume Purchase Program (PDF)
—Lastly, there’s the Enterprise Support page.
One note about all of this—Apple doesn’t always do a good job at keeping old documentation around, so there’s a chance that some of this could disappear when the iOS 7 material goes up. So consider this a just a general guide to what we could possibly see tomorrow.
Another thing that I’ll be looking at is the iPhone Configuration Utility (for OS X or for Windows). This desktop utility allows you to build configuration profiles and install them on iOS devices, and is another good way to get to know iOS MDM. I’ll be watching for an updated version that supports iOS 7.
Check back in
As these new resources from Apple become available, I’ll update this article with additional links.
UPDATE: Friday, September 20, 2013- The MDM manuals haven't been posted yet, but thanks the NDA being lifted, many new details have emerged. I've written about them in the article The iOS 7 NDA has been lifted—were there any surprises? Let’s take a look at all the new details!