IT Managers get new powers over employees' Apple iPhones with iOS 9.3

IT Managers get new powers over employees' Apple iPhones with iOS 9.3
The update to iOS 9.3 is going to give IT departments more power over the way that employees' corporate-owned iPhones look. The Configuration Profile Reference on Apple's Developer website reveals that those companies using MDM (like BES12), will be able to "enforce homescreen layouts, black/whitelist apps, and enforce notification settings."

With iOS 9.3 loaded, and an MDM in use, employers are able to prevent employees from installing or even just testing out certain apps. And these iPhones can also be controlled by the IT Manager in terms of how often notifications are received, and what they look like when they are received. Besides controlling what apps can be loaded onto company owned iPhones, certain apps (including system ones) can be hidden at the discretion of the head if the IT department.

To enable this control over employees' iPhones, the IT Manager needs to use a server powered by OS X, and run Profile Manager on the company owned iPhones. This control is new to iOS and starting with iOS 9.3, it gives corporations more power over company-owned iPhone units.


source: Apple (.PDF) via @stroughtonsmith, TNW

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6 Comments

1. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Active directory support is good. I'm curious how jailbreaks will be handled. The process used to wipe the phone, but since it doesn't now it's more important.

2. srgonu

Posts: 511; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Already they all look same without any enforcements. Now folks can exchange if needed too.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Finally blacklist/white lists are supported. Even with the Appstore hidden there was a way to install apps. Just as we have changed most of our iPads to windows tablets.

4. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

You changed to a Windows tab? hahaha shame man. Better luck next time.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's a shame we didn't do this much sooner. Could have saved a lot of money and agony.

6. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Maybe I just hate using the Windows platform... meh unto each his own I guess.

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