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:
- Devices can receive apps WITHOUT an Apple ID
- Apple is making supervision MUCH more important. Supervise your devices NOW.
- 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
- 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
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.
Now also caches iCloud data, documents, CloudKit data, Photo Library, on-demand app resources
- 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!)
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)
- 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.
There wasn't a too much enterprise meat at yesterday's WWDC keynote buffet, but the feast isn't over yet! A session focused on enterprise and education is going to give us a lot more to chew on. The session begins at 11:00 San Francisco time, and if we are lucky it may be live-streamed for Apple Developer Program members.
What's New in Managing Apple Devices
Learn about the latest developments in managing Apple devices in large organizations. Learn the latest techniques to wirelessly configure settings, monitor compliance with policies, install apps and bulk configure devices with ease.
On the enterprise developer page, Apple is teasing a guide to "What's New — Coming Soon." By "Soon" I assume they mean "this afternoon." At the same time, as last year, Apple may be updating their prerelease reference guide for configuration profIles. It isn't updates yet, but when they do I'll post a summary here.
Apple today announced the next version of iOS — iOS 9 — at it's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. There's a lot of info posted on the usual news sites covering the marquee features. But there's also some great info available to the public, if you can find it. Never fear; I've found it for you.
(There's much more available if you are a member of the relaunched Apple Developer Program. Those are still under NDA so we won't be discussing them here.)
- Prerelease documentation
- iOS 9 Release Notes
- Apple Configuration 2.0 beta
- New Enterprise Development Page
The public release notes contain a line I found to be quite interesting:
The AvailableOSUpdates MDM command fails on unsupervised devices as an unknown command. The command succeeds only on supervised DEP-enrolled devices.
Does that mean MDM will be able to manage iOS updates with iOS 9? One can hope.
Of course if you are in San Francisco for WWDC, join us at our annual WWDC meetup Wednesday night!
Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference — WWDC — kicks off Monday morning. For the past, oh, eight or so years, Apple's used the Monday morning conference keynote to showcase a major new revision to its Mac and iOS operating systems. Last year Tim Cook dedicated a good portion of the presentation to the enterprise. Will he do the same this year? (Five bucks says someone from IBM comes on stage.)
If you are lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 winners of the lottery to choose attendees, well get in line early! But if you are going to stay at work on Monday, you can watch the live stream in (buffered) real time. There are two easy ways to do that:
- Visit http://www.apple.com/live from Safari on a Mac or iOS device
- Check out the "Apple Events" channel on an Apple TV
If you don't have a spare Apple device at hand, well, you are probably reading the wrong site. But giving you the benefit of the doubt, tech news sites such as 9to5mac.com and ArsTechnica have a high quality transcript with commentary and plenty of photos.
And as we do most every year, we're hosting an Enterprise iOS meetup. Come and dissect the announcements with us on Wednesday night, while enjoying great food and drink courtesy of GroundControl and Tech Data.
See you there!
WWDC has always been the one time each year when Apple peels back the curtain of secrecy and previews what is to come. That is if you were one of the lucky ones to score a ticket. But in 2014, in what I think is an unprecedented display of openness, Apple has released every video of every WWDC session online and to the public. Last year, you needed to be at least a member of the developer program to view these. This year everyone can see.
Here are the three most directly focused on Enterprise. I hope you take the time to watch and comment. They really are worth your time.
Learn about the latest developments in managing Apple devices in an enterprise environment. Learn how MDM can be used to wirelessly configure settings, monitor compliance with policies, install apps, and remotely wipe devices, and how these capabilities can be integrated with in-house or third-party server solutions.
Learn about data security, enterprise authentication, integration with back-end systems, app configuration methods, and the latest technologies for interacting with documents, accessories, and more. Get helpful tips for constructing your apps to meet the needs of schools and educators, as well as key requirement from IT. Perfect for everyone looking to get their apps in the hands of business professionals, educators, and students worldwide.
Learn how to provision and deploy apps across your enterprise. Leverage key Apple programs such as the Volume Purchase Program and the iOS Developer Enterprise Program to get the right apps in the hands of your employees, contractors, and partners. Learn how to manage certificates and provisioning profiles to deploy your apps, and take advantage of mobile device management (MDM) tools to provide a seamless experience for your users. Gain insight into the complete app management lifecycle; from signing your in-house apps in Xcode, to distributing, managing, and revoking apps across your workforce.
Our annual WWDC meeting was a big success, cramming over 50 people into a space designed for quite a few less even so, it was a great meeting of the minds, or at least a clinking of the glasses. Our sponsors MobileIron, Acronis and Tekserve deserve a very special shout-out for lubricating the whole shebang.
What do you think about repeating this next year, in a slightly larger space?
Photos after the break.
I've been going to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference for many years, and this is one to remember. Not only are there a ton of new features for Mac and iOS, but this was perhaps the first WWDC with a section dedicated to Enterprise. ENTERPRISE! On Apple's biggest stage of the year. Excuse me while I take a moment.
OK, so in no particular order, here are some of my favorite enterprise features in iOS 8. It isn't the only list — see Apple's own list and Ryan Faas's too, among others. And there may or may not be additional features hiding within the Apple Developer Pre-Release Library.
- Continuity — silently create an Automatic HotSpot among Macs, iPads and iPhones, and stuff just flows between them. What stuff? iMessages already did this trick but now SMS messages do too. Web pages. Draft emails. Notes. Oh, and phone calls! You can now make calls from your Mac or iPad that quietly route through your iPhone to the carrier. I'm sure there is more here. This is a big feature. The Mac is now an accessory to your iPhone.
- Plugins for Shared Storage — this has the potential to be huge. Effectively connects any app to your enterprise document store for opening and saving.
- Interactive Notifications — Now you can respond to SMS messages & calendar appointments without leaving the Notification Center. More exciting, developers can create their own notification center plugins called Widgets. Lots of possibilities here.
- Improvements to Mail — New gestures, multiple windows (well, almost), VIP lists, per-message S/MIME controls, out-of-office controls
- QuickType — Not only predictive spelling, but predictive words and phrases too. Will pump new life into Damn You Autocorrect.
- Pluggable Keyboards — This one has me excited. For starters, I want to see this 2012 keyboard concept see the light of day.
- Exchange Calendar improvements — free/busy (yay!)
- Group Messaging improvements — Big improvements here, and this may replace similar systems for small-team communication. iMessage has proven to be quite secure.
- Expanded Data Protection — In addition to Mail, more of Apple apps are now encrypted (when you use a passcode): Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages.
- Managed Books and PDFs — automatically push these documents to managed devices
- New MDM Tools — Set device name, check last iCloud backup time, certificate-based SSO
- Use TouchID in Apps — Use your fingerprint instead of your password. Note this isn't necessary more secure, but it's quicker
iOS 8 Beta is available today from the Apple Developer Site. It is scheduled to be publicly released this Fall (Northern hemisphere, we assume). It will run on all devices down to iPhone 4S (not 4) and the three-year-old iPad 2.
What did I miss? Comment below. And if you are in San Fran tomorrow, join me us at [annual WWDC meetup!
I'll be live-tweeting the WWDC keynote tomorrow, focusing on Apple's announcements to enterprise users. Tune into @EnterpriseiOS beginning at 10 am PDT to follow along!
What's in store? iOS 8 is a safe bet. For the enterprise? No idea. But each year Apple seems to add more and more enterprise-focused features. I look forward to updating this chart.
Once each year Apple parts the blackout curtains and lets us peek at the future. The event is the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, and this year both the keynote and the "Platform State of the Union" are being streamed live.
Date and Time:
Monday, June 2, 10 AM PDT / 1 PM EDT
Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.
It's the next best thing to being there. (And if you ARE going to be there, be sure to join us at our meeting in San Fran Tuesday night!
Apple is kicking off it's Worldwide Developer Conference today in San Francisco, and you can join in. For only the second time in WWDC history, it is streaming live video of the keynote presentation, at 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern.
Got an Apple TV? You can watch it there too, via a new channel that magically appeared overnight.
And if you are in San Francisco, please join us Wednesday night at the Tunnel Top!
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