Apple WWDC19 Round Up: New iOS Enterprise Features Announced, File Management, SSO, User Enrollment

Apple’s WWDC19 is finally over, and alongside Dark Mode, iPadOS and other headline grabbers, a whole host of new iOS enterprise features were announced for iPads and iPhones.

iOS enterprise features for iPhones, iPads and Macs.
There are good reasons for business users to be excited about these iOS enterprise features, especially as the changes to iOS 13, watchOS 6, iPadOS and macOS Catalina seem to address most of the areas in our iOS 13 wishlist.

What’s new?

You can read all the changes at the iOS 13 Preview page. But for those short on time, here’s a roundup of some of the features that will make the biggest difference in your enterprise.

Improved File Management in the Files App

In a long-awaited improvement to the Files app for iPad and iPhone, external storage will be supported.

iPad Pro owners, for instance, will be able to connect multiple external storage devices via USB or an SD Card attachment, intuitively manage files via split screen and even share folders via the iCloud Drive, as shown in detail on 9to5Mac.

And by preventing kernel access, Apple has found a solution to keep devices protected against malicious files.

Apple explained the updates to Files in detail in this video at WWDC19. Some other important information includes connectivity support for SMB servers and the ability to manage access to folders via the Privacy tab in Settings. External drives will need to be formatted to either APFS, HFS+, FAT and ExFAT to be supported.

These improvements to file management and filesharing in Files – combined with new desktop class browsing and text formatting – represent a big boost to the existing iOS enterprise features available for iPad and iPhone users in schools, business and organizations.

Single Sign On

The new Single Sign On (SSO) extensions will allow for less complicated authentication when working with websites and apps. The Kerberos extension also integrates devices easily with Active Directory.

Apple’s demo video (skip to 44:44) shows how credential requests are processed silently in the background. Sign In with Apple is similar but is designed for consumer grade apps and doesn’t support the more complex scenarios for enterprise apps.

Shortcuts

In our iOS 13 wishlist, we argued that Shortcuts has great potential. Just some of the changes to Shortcuts can be seen here, with shortcuts that can now be triggered according to time and place.

User Enrollment

Balancing security, better user privacy and streamlined device management across the entire Apple product portfolio, User Enrollment is the latest change in MDM for BYOD. We have looked at the changes to Apple BYOD in another blog-post. Click here to read our detailed report.

Other iOS Enterprise Features to Take Advantage Of

Alongside these iOS 13 enterprise features that boost productivity and security, we also want to pick out the new ability to:

  • Silence unknown callers
  • Add attachments to calendar events
  • Optimize battery charging to reduce battery aging (which is great for any iPad kiosk devices that are connected to charge for prolonged periods)
  • Block senders across all Apple devices in Mail

iOS 13 will mark a – somewhat unexpected – big new milestone for smartphones in the company. Apple’s commitment to a sensible BYOD approach will convince many more people to make their smartphones an important part of their working life.

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