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whole new iOS13 with more privacy in enterprise

tim cook recently spoke about user data and privacy, while criticizing technology companies, like google or facebook

iOS is enterprise’s first choice for mobile activity, egnyte‘s enterprise insight showed a clear weighting and content is getting more more mobile

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the biggest change since iOS5 introduced supervised devices and open-in management debuted in iOS7

iOS 13 will available in fall 2019 – since google is pushing hard with android enterprise to fit business needs, with it’s buildin containerization based on samsung’s KNOX – iOS 13 provide more granular security and better privacy restriction

enrollment methods

there are already rolled out thousands of iOS devices with either manually installing a mdm profile (uamdm) or centralized with device enrollment program (dep) to get the device under control of a unified endpoint management (uem) – additionally you can enable your iOS device as supervised either while dep enrolled or via apple configurator connected to a mac

newly added – user enrollment – previously an administrator of a managed device was able to retrieve the installed apps, remove the passcode or wipe the entire device – at least the privacy controls of the registered uem prohibit this features to individuals – with user enrollment there are huge improvements to the users privacy

  • user needs to login with managed apple id
  • uem unable to retrieve device information like IMEI, serial or mac address
  • private apps aren’t reported to uem
  • no control about device passcode or to wipe the entire device
  • still the configuration of wifi, vpn or exchange accounts will available
  • other existing restrictions reserved for supervised devices, see listing below

restriction changes

  • allowSafari, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowVideoConferencing, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowWiFiPowerModification, available for supervised iOS 13 devices
  • safariAllowAutoFill, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowAddingGameCenterFriends, available since iOS 4.2.1, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowAppInstallation, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowCamera, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowCloudBackup, available since iOS 5, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowCloudDocumentSync, available since iOS 5, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowCloudKeychainSync, available since iOS 7, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowContinuousPathKeyboard, available for supervised iOS 13 devices
  • allowExplicitContent, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowFindMyDevice, available for supervised iOS 13 devices
  • allowFindMyFriends, available for supervised iOS 13 devices
  • allowiTunes, available since iOS 4, require supervised device as of iOS 13
  • allowMultiplayerGaming, available since iOS 4.1, require supervised device as of iOS 13

read a full list of apple’s device management restrictions here

Sign in with Apple vs. managed Apple ID

while sign in with apple is the approach to to compete with google or facebook as a identity provider (idp) for external services, for business on the other hand managed Apple IDs were so far to manage functions of Apple Business Manager, since WWDC 2019 it’s necessary to register with user  enrollment, enterprise create additional account’s for byod user to add to their device, keeps data completely separated between both accounts, hopefully compared to now:

iPadOS

along with iOS13 apple separate to path between iPhone and iPad with a standalone OS, finally iPadOS can provide more feature to the tablet, a classic desktop replacement could possible – view the demo below

stay tuned for final release around mid-september with likely new 2019 iPhone