WWDC: What's New in Managing Apple Devices? Quite a lot!

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Apple has posted all the WWDC session videos online, and there a lot in there. The Tuesday morning session on "What's New in Managing Apple Devices" contains especially important new announcements for the community of iOS administrators. There's a lot of great changes coming to iOS 9 and OS X "El Capitan."

In the spirit of the new, more open, WWDC Non-NDA, I'm linking to the full video and offering a short summary of the topics covered. It's really good to keep in mind that beta software is not production software, and may change before release.

In my opinion there were three big announcements. They are....drumroll:

  1. Devices can receive apps WITHOUT an Apple ID
  2. Apple is making supervision MUCH more important. Supervise your devices NOW.
  3. A whole new Configurator 2

If your job depends on managing Apple devices, I encourage you to watch the entire hour session.

Presenter: Todd Fernandez, Senior Manager, Device Management

Apple's Device Enrollment Program: A request to pronounce it by its letters "D.E.P." and not as a word "dep." DEP is now available in 26 countries

Enrollment optimization: New key in MDM to wait until device is fully configured. MDM commands now wait until..Apple ID, etc.

Automated Enrollment: enroll in MDM without screen taps. How does it work?

  • Set up DEP
  • Connect to Apple Configurator
  • Configurator completes setup

App Distribution

  • Focus on VPP Managed Distribution. 3 big changes
  • VPP now in 26 countries
  • Multinational app assignment: Purchase VPP apps in any country, distribute to any country where app is sold
  • And...

Assign VPP distribution apps to devices (#1 Big announcement of the day)

  • No invitation process
  • No Apple ID required on device
  • Does not appear in users purchase history
  • Installation and updates controlled by MDM server
  • Need to buy app for each device
  • Can be revoked and re-assiigned
  • "Smooth migration" from user assignment: app and data stays in place

NOTE: Requires Opt In from App developer on iTunes Connect. Best for apps to store app data in cloud.

Caching Server
Now also caches iCloud data, documents, CloudKit data, Photo Library, on-demand app resources

MDM Commands

  • Can convert apps from unmanaged to managed without losing user data
  • Can install via MDM or Configurator while app store is disabled. (This is a biggie!)

Enterprise Apps
New explicit user trust flow for apps, prevent user from trusting apps, Apps installed via MDM do not require explicit trust (finally)

New MDM Commands

  • Available software updates
  • Update to latest iOS (DEP supervised devices only)

New Payloads

  • Network usage rules
  • Restrict:Screen recording, trust new enterprise app authors, treat airdrop as unmanaged, automatic app downloads, iCloud photo library, keyboad shortcuts, modify device name, passcode, wallpaper, news, pair with Apple Watch

Deprecating MANY profile restrictions: these will require supervision in the future. (#2 Big announcement of the day)

  • Restrict App Installation
  • Restrict App Removal
  • Restrict FaceTime
  • Restrict Safari
  • Restrict iTunes
  • Restrict Explicit Content
  • Restrict iCloud documents and data
  • Restrict Multiplayer Gaming
  • Restrict Add GameCenter Friends

Configurator 2 (#3 Big announcement of the day)

  • “We’ve received a lot of feedback"
  • Completed reinvented. "Apple Configurator 2” — New blue logo
  • Devices front and center
  • discrete tasks
  • easy automation
  • multiple stations
  • companion to DEP and MDM
  • Command line tool, scripting library, automator.

More information about automating workflows with Configurator is available in Session 306.

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Aaron Freimark

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Also, Rich Trouton has

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Also, Rich Trouton has compiled a great set of notes. See this group in the Apple Developer Forums.

https://forums.developer.apple.com/message/7293

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Aaron Freimark, Enterprise iOS founder & GroundControl CEO

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