Apple promoting new iOS 7 features for Business & Education: Here's what used to be NDA.

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Apple today added two new webpages highlighting the specific iOS 7 improvements for business and education. This is the great stuff we learned about at WWDC but weren't allowed to mention. And here it is for you!

Managed open in

The "Open In" button really means "Make a copy," and can be a nightmare for data security. iOS 7 allows admins to restrict the apps that appear in the Open In panel. This allows you to construct a security wall between business apps and personal apps. It's kinda like the "dual personality" feature that some phones have, but with both personalities active at once. Big win!

Per app VPN

Apps can phone home through a VPN tunnel as soon as they are launched, and send all their network traffic (and only their network traffic) through it. This is controlled by the MDM admin, not the app developer. It's like that dual-personality again, but for network traffic.

App Store license management

Huge improvements for Apps Store licenses. First of all, you now purchase licenses not apps. Using a MDM server, businesses can assign those licenses to employee. The apps then simply show up in the employee's purchase history in the App Store. It couldn't be simpler. And on a supervised device enrolled in MDM, VPP apps can be pushed to the device without user interaction. The licenses can be revoked at any time and re-assigned to another employee. And VPP now works for iBooks too.

New MDM configuration options

MDM now supports fonts, accessibility options, AirPrint printers, and AirPlay screensharing.

Streamlined MDM enrollment

IT can now specify MDM enrollment at the time of purchase. This is a game changer, and we'll be discussing this more as we get closer to launch.

Enterprise single sign on

This is just cool. Users can authenticate once and the credentials will be shared among multiple apps and Safari. (Of course Apple's not so dumb to actually share your password among apps. Standard authentication tokens are used, backed by Kerberos.)

Locally cache apps, iBooks, etc.

Put the $20 Mac OS X Server on any old(ish) Mac and you can have your own caching server. This bandwidth savior will be a must for anywhere more than a dozen iOS users congregate.

Additional features

  • Third-party app data protection (i.e., encryption) is now turned on by default for all retail apps.
  • Smart mailboxes in Main
  • View PDF annotations
  • Exchange 2010 note syncing

As you can see, the changes to iOS 7 are much more than skin deep.

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