New MDM features coming with mid-March release of iOS 7.1?

New MDM features coming with mid-March release of iOS 7.1?
The latest news about iOS 7.1 is that the new iOS build will be released mid-way through next month. And while there will be new features and bug fixes, one of the most important changes will be in the field of MDM, or Mobile Device Management. MDM is used by corporations and government agencies to control and have oversight over a fleet of mobile devices. It also allows the administrator to disable the camera on applicable devices.
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Apple has just gone live with a website called Volume Services. The speculation is that this site will be available for MDM use once iOS 7.1 is released. It is expected to allow for automatic MDM enrollment and the volume purchase of apps and books.

When  iOS 7.1 does launch, it will met by a large number of iOS 7 users waiting to update. Consider that 82% of iOS users are running iOS 7 while 15% are using iOS 6. iOS 7.1 beta 2 was released in December and included a fix for TouchID and a small repair for iTunes Match. Beta numbers 3 through 5 were sent out in January and included a fix for iCloud account setups, audiobook improvements and a fix to end problems sending messages on iMessage. It also included more natural sounding voices for Siri in Australian and British English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Also rumored to be coming with iOS 7.1 is the iOS in the Car application, a version of iOS made for automobiles.

We could be less than a month away until the official release of iOS 7.1. Getting excited yet?


source: Apple, AppleInsider

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17 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I am proud to be an iConsumer...iDevices all day...

2. charlesmont

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

This article does not clarify if this will be good for the iOS 7 consumer.

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

iDid not take the time to read it...

11. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

It has no effect on most consumers because their devices aren't enrolled in an MDM program. However, those who work for a government branch, business, or are students where mobile devices are given to them are going to be effected. It doesn't mention the consumers because it has nothing to do with them.

3. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

What is with all this software disabling cameras? Too much Big Brother going on with all of that.

5. OnlyiPhone unregistered

It's for government agencies that look at classifies info and they don't want anybody trying to record or take pics of stuff. Things like this already exist. Since a lot of government agencies use blackberry's that's why they would release a verizon of the bold with a camera and one without so the people in the government don't take pics with their phones.

6. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Right.

12. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

That has nothing to do with MDMs. I dont think any of you understand what that means. I am a high school student whose school gives every student an iPad. Our devices are enrolled in an MDM so that they can push applications and books straight to an iPad, block inappropriate media, and "focus" or restrict us to a single app.

16. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

If a company is supplying iPhones/iPads to its employees it's reasonable to expect them to have some control over their use (or misuse). If you work at a large company or university with an IT department, you can hardly expect open access to the internet on company PCs. Employees have login names, passwords, client machines running restricted Windows versions. Internet usage is monitored. Big Brother or We're-Paying-You-to-Work-so-Get-Off-Facebook?

7. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Cant wait for this update. Love my iPad Mini

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

This sounds like a really solid tool for the enterprise market, much like the business version guided access feature

10. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

This update is okay but I'm hoping a lot more when ios 8 comes out I'm in between getting a windows phone or waiting for the new iphone. Even with. 64 bit I will always be a fan of nokia. Is it possible to have 2 phones?

13. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Yes, it is possible to have two phones. Go with the Windows Phone, as iOS 8 is likely to be just as buggy and slow as iOS 7.

14. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I'll wait till the next Nokia 1020 comes out, I might trade my iphone for a ipad than because most of my ios apps can work on ipad.

15. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What about battery life I know I am late on the appropriate artical but I want battery improvments

17. halfpint

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

" it will met by a large number of iOS 7 users waiting to update. Consider that 82% of iOS users are running iOS 7". I don't know about that seeing how a lot of those 82%'ers are jailbroke and will want to keep it. Just sayin'

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