Evolution of iOS platform for Enterprises

Apple began its journey with consumer focus products such as iPad and iPhone in 2007. But as these devices find their way in workplaces, Apple began to also increase their focus towards enterprise adoption.

With the first iPhone released in Jan 2007, Apple added few features for corporate use like built-in VPN client, but it was not enough because there were no third party apps at that time. Later, in newer versions, Apple introduced Configuration Profiles that become basis for future MDM advancements. Also, newer iOS versions came up with more such features like Exchange Activesync support, which introduced iPhones over the air management for the first time and more.

Let’s have a look on how iOS features has improved over the years for enterprise customers.

 

 

 

Glossary

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AirdropIt lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
AppConfig CommunityA collection of EMM vendors and app developers, was created to provide tools and best practices to make it easier to develop, configure, and secure mobile apps for the enterprise.
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Configuration ProfileIt is an XML file that allows you to distribute configuration information. If you need to configure a large number of devices or to provide lots of custom email settings, network settings, or certificates to a large number of devices,configuration profiles are an easy way to do it.
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CallKit APIA framework that lets VoIP app developers build apps that allow iOS devices to take calls from communication apps such as Cisco Spark.
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DEPThe Device Enrollment Program is part of the Apple Deployment Programs (ADP), which help businesses and educational institutions easily deploy and configure iOS and OS X devices.
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Exchange ActiveSyncWhen you add your Exchange ActiveSync account, you can sync your Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes wirelessly with your iOS device.
Enterprise SSOSingle sign on (SSO) means user credentials can be used across apps, including apps from the App Store.
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iCloudAfter you set up iCloud on your iOS device or Mac, you sign in to iCloud on your other devices and computers using the same Apple ID (you only need to do this once). After that, changes you make on one device appear on all your other devices.
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Mobility Partner Program (MPP)For enterprise customers this is a huge advantage because now they don’t have to exhaustively search for and approve an app that meets their business requirements. With the MPP, all the selection and integration work is done for them, so customers can simply choose the app they want and easily deploy it on all of their iOS devices.
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Open in ManagementIt provides ability to separates corporate apps and personal apps.
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Per App VPNIt ensures that data transmitted by managed apps travels through VPN — and that other data, like an employee’s personal web browsing activity, does not.
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Touch IDWith Touch ID, an employee gets exclusive permission to access professional data and opt for network access authentication.
Trust UIA new feature in iOS 9, known as trust UI, makes it easy for users on managed devices to know when they are installing an app from an authorized or unauthorized enterprise developer.
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UDPUser Datagram Protocol (UDP) is part of the Internet Protocol suite used by programs running on different computers on a network. UDP is used to send short messages called datagrams but overall, it is an unreliable, connectionless protocol.
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VPN clientA VPN client uses special TCP/IP or UDP-based protocols, called tunneling protocols, to make a virtual call to a virtual port on a VPN server.
Volume Purchase Program (VPP)It is a service that allows organizations that have registered for the Apple VPP to purchase iOS apps in bulk, but not at discounted price.
VPN IKEv2 EAP-only ModeIt enables organizations to provide secure connectivity from iOS devices.

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