That brings iOS 15 for companies

When developing iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple also thought about the needs of companies. However, the most serious changes will probably only really have an impact on future iOS / iPadOS versions. An overview. […]

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Even if the business context of the new operating system versions iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 was somewhat lost at the keynote at WWDC 2021 – in the subsequent sessions of the Apple developer conference, adjustments for corporate use were very much an issue and there were a number of exciting announcements. We would like to present the most important ones to you here.

Currently, Apple offers managed open-in settings for (managed) contacts and (managed) apps / domains and files. With this setting, administrators can prevent data and content of managed apps from being moved to unmanaged apps (and / or vice versa). With iOS / iPadOS 15, the copy and paste function of the clipboard can now also be configured accordingly. This means that, on the one hand, information copied from corporate apps cannot be pasted into unmanaged apps. And vice versa, it is also possible to prevent information from unmanaged apps from being inserted into company apps.

Further innovations in this context:

  • A mobile device management (MDM) system can now install a single “required” app on managed devices without prompting the user to provide user authorization. This is particularly useful when an administration application is required, such as the agent application of the MDM system itself.
  • In addition, the MDM can retrospectively request the management of an unmanaged application if it was installed on a device by a user. The user is prompted to do this, provided it is not a device in supervised mode. This request asks the user to allow administration of the application. According to a new regulation from Apple, this prompt can only be displayed and rejected to the user up to three times, after which the prompt does not appear for 24 hours.
  • Also important: users now have the option of updating to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or can still stay on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and only import bug fixes. On the other hand, however, administrators can force the iOS devices to allow all updates (e.g. upgrade to iOS 15) and / or only install updates of the current major version (e.g. bug fix for iOS 14).
  • Apple is now demanding from MDM manufacturers that each payload within a configuration profile has its own unique identifier. The MDM manufacturers should have this implemented by the time iOS / iPadOS 15 is released. The new Declarative Device Management can also be activated using an MDM command.

Essentially, all of Apple’s MDM configurations are based on the same mechanism that has been in place since device management was introduced. Even though new options and functions have been continuously added to Apple’s MDM protocol over the years, the underlying structure of the protocol has remained largely unchanged. So far – because the practice that Apple now calls “reactive management” has now been followed by new concepts and mechanisms with “declarative device management”.

The background: So far, the MDM system has had to query a managed device in order to recognize changes such as installed apps, rolled out configurations and an operating system update. This is because an MDM system always has to provide a device with commands and commands so that it reacts – the device does not notify the MDM by itself. This is where the term “reactive” administration comes from.

The newly introduced declarative management is optimized for the MDM server and enables devices to be managed more autonomously and to react more proactively. In other words, devices can independently react to status changes and independently apply logic based on these changes without being prompted by the MDM server. In addition, devices can now notify the MDM server when relevant changes occur. Apple offers three areas in declarative management.

1. The declaration are used to deliver a policy – they can be used to configure accounts, settings, and restrictions. There are four types of declarations:

  • Configurations: These are similar to the existing configuration profiles. One of the main differences between declarations and configuration profiles is that declarations are sent to devices in the form of a JSON object rather than a plist file.
  • Assets: These are reference data that are required by configurations. You can reference data from the MDM server or from a separate content delivery network (CDN) service. These data can be general or user-specific. As an example, an asset can reference data from an identity provider to provide information such as username, email address, passwords, certificates, and so on. The asset could be used by multiple configurations. The advantage is that it is no longer necessary to update multiple configurations to reflect changes in this data, but only to change the asset.
  • Activations: These represent templates for configurations that are applied to devices, similar to a “blueprint”. Activations have a many-to-many relationship with configurations. This means that complex logic can be applied to determine when to install individual configurations. In this way, administrators can, for example, set a series of policies that are only applied to a series of devices if they are running a certain operating system version. These policies are reevaluated when the device state (e.g. updated operating system) changes so that different policies can be applied without interacting with the MDM.
  • Management: This type of declaration is used to determine (and convey) information about the status of the overall management of a device, such as: B. Organizational information.

2. The Statuskanal (Status Channel) enables an MDM server to subscribe to certain changes in device status. In this way, the system is able, for example, to receive notifications from devices where the operating system version is being updated.

3. The third area Expandability (Extensibility) in turn enables both MDM and devices to notify each other when certain functions are supported. If, for example, the operating system of a device is updated so that a function supported by the MDM is available, the device reports this and adopts the change from the MDM. Similarly, if the MDM service is updated to support a new feature that is compatible with the device: the system, notifies the device, and the device receives the change.

Important to know: Declarative Management is designed in such a way that it coexists seamlessly with the existing MDM protocol. This means that MDMs can gradually introduce the new functionalities without interrupting the existing functionalities.

Apple Configurator is a tool that provides basic management functions (such as the ability to apply profiles, install apps, and perform actions such as resetting a device, upgrading software, and enabling supervised mode) when a device is connected to Cable is connected.

The new version is dedicated to the management functions for macOS devices with the T2 / M1 chip. The new main functions include the deletion of all user data, the firmware recovery and the installation of a newer macOS version.

In addition, the Apple Configurator supports the ability to add macOS, iOS and tvOS devices that were purchased outside of a formal business channel to the Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager with the so-called preliminary registration. This used to be impossible for macOS devices.

In 2019, Apple presented a modern bring your own device (BYOD) approach with iOS 13 and user enrollment. The stated goal of user enrollment is to improve and secure the way in which employees (BYOD) or service providers access company resources with their own devices.

With the new iOS 15 operating system, Apple is now going one step further and expanding user enrollment to include better protection of company data and user privacy: If a user logs on to a company network with a managed Apple ID with his personal device, he can Finally, access to a shared Enterprise iCloud Drive can also be granted. Even if he is logged in with his personal Apple ID, he has access to his personal and the Enterprise iCloud Drive at the same time. This helps protect company data by staying within the managed iCloud Drive area and not on an iCloud instance that is tied to the user’s personal Apple ID. The data separation can be (de) activated via the Apple Business Manager.

For years, photos and documents have been printed on paper using AirPrint-enabled printers. So far, only a few options for printing were available to the user. With the new operating system, the user can load presets, select the paper tray selection, media type and print quality and print PDF annotations (optional). The option to print in portrait or landscape format is finally available.

* Mark Zimmermann has several years of experience in the areas of mobile security, mobile solution creation, digitization and wearables and is responsible for a team for mobile solution development at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. He knows how to present his topics from different perspectives for company-specific challenges. To this end, he works part-time at national lectures and as a freelance author for specialist publications and runs his own podcast (beta pain) on everything to do with the iOS ecosystem.


Apple dominates the global market for 5G – Hi-tech smartphones

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped approximately 40.4 million 5G-compatible iPhones in the first quarter of 2021, taking a 29.8% share of the global market. The second place goes to Oppo, which shipped 21.5 million units for a market share of 15.8% in the same period, up 55% compared to the last quarter of 2020. Vivo managed 19.4 million of shipments, getting 14.3%, while Samsung hit 17 million units for a slice of the pie of 12.5%.

Sales of Vivo and Samsung grew 62% and 79% respectively. Xiaomi, which shipped 16.6 million 5G phones during the quarter, took 12.2% of the market, up 41% quarter-over-quarter. “Samsung is doing well with new 5G models, such as the Galaxy S21 5G, S21 Ultra 5G and S21 + 5G, in South Korea, North America and parts of Europe,” said Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, associate director of Strategy Analytics. “Meanwhile, Apple was down 23% quarter-over-quarter, following a boom in the fourth quarter of 2020, when new 5G iPhones were hugely popular for the holiday season.”

Strategy Analytics predicts that global shipments of 5G smartphones will reach 624 million units in 2021, a marked increase from 269 million in 2020. Apple launched its first series of 5G phones last fall, with the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. The presence of mmWave 5G technology in the United States alone has not limited its diffusion, thanks to access to bands below 6 GHz on models sold in Europe and China.

Apple is expected to bring support for the notoriously faster 5G mmWave to many more countries with the fall launch of the iPhone 13 family.


Three Ways iOS 15 Is Speeding Up The End Of The iPhone

Some features will be around long after the iPhone ends. […]

If the overarching theme of iOS 14 was home screen redesign, then the main feature of iOS 15 is FaceTime (c) IDG

When iOS 15 hits roughly a billion iPhones in the fall, it will bring a number of changes that you will immediately see. New notifications will make it easy to identify and ignore notifications as soon as they arrive. Safari’s tab groups will help you browse faster and smarter. And Spotlight Search shows richer, more relevant results from apps and the web.

But much more interesting is the way iOS 15 makes the iPhone take a back seat. While Apple’s iconic mobile phone is likely to have many years of relevance to come, Apple is preparing a long-term game with iOS 15 – and that includes the inevitable time when the iPhone isn’t at the top of Apple’s universe.

So while there are many features in iOS 15 that will make our iPhones better, there are also a few that position Apple – and maybe even help – for success after the inevitable end of the iPhone.


If the overarching theme of iOS 14 was the home screen redesign, then the main feature of iOS 15 is FaceTime. There are a number of new features iPhone users can enjoy right away, including spatial audio, grid view, portrait mode, and the ability to set up future chats that include Android and Windows users.

On the surface, it seems like the iOS 15 FaceTime update is a belated response to the pandemic. Apple got caught a little on the wrong foot with the whole world starting to work and socialize remotely, and Zoom devoured the majority of group meetings with a more flexible platform.

Apple opened FaceTime to non-Apple devices for the first time (c) Apple

But Apple’s FaceTime push is more than a reaction; it makes FaceTime the primary communication method for Apple users, no matter what device they use. The iPhone may be the centerpiece right now, but the steps Apple is taking with FaceTime in iOS 15 open the platform to many more possibilities.

The most obvious is Windows and Android support. While it’s still very limited at the moment – you have to invite someone to a scheduled meeting via a browser and they can’t respond – it makes sense that future updates will bring their own app and more features to make it a true cross-platform service make that competes with Zoom, Meet, and Teams.

There are also rumors that Apple is working on a range of HomePod speakers with screens that would open FaceTime to compete with the Echo Show and Google Nest Hub. With the foundation laid in iOS 15, this could be a standalone device that acts as an entry point into the Apple ecosystem rather than an iPhone accessory.

Augmented Reality

Apple didn’t give AR as much a prominence as it did in previous WWDC keynotes, but its brief appearance could have a bigger impact than the game demos we’ve gotten in the past. For a few seconds, Apple showed its immersive directions in the Maps app on iOS 15, which uses your iPhone’s camera to scan the world around you and overlay directions on the streets as you walk.

Immersive directions would look even better on AR glasses (c) Apple

While the features require a newer iPhone with an A12 Bionic processor, it’s easy to see how the immersive driving directions are a forerunner to Apple’s next big thing: glasses. AR glasses from Apple might well need an iPhone to start with, but after a few generations they could well become a standalone device.

We’re not quite there with the Apple Watch, but we’re close. As Apple’s wearables become more and more intelligent and powerful, the iPhone will become less and less of a necessary hub device, as our watches and glasses do everything we now need our iPhone for. Directions may be a small step (no pun intended), but it’s an important step in developing AR as a standalone feature that just works whether or not an iPhone is nearby.


Speaking of Apple Watch: watchOS 8 may not bring the same number of new functions as iOS or iPadOS 15, but it is also preparing for a post-iPhone world. There are new smart home controls, smarter messaging and sharing, and expanded Find-My integration, but the most interesting feature is something much more mundane: keys.

Your Apple Watch will soon be your key (c) Apple

Wallet on the Apple Watch is nothing new, but Apple spiced it up in watchOS 8. No longer just for cash and ID, Wallet in watchOS 8 will allow you to store a digital key for your home that can unlock certain HomeKit-enabled smart locks and eliminate the need to carry around a set of keys. And Apple also integrates digital keys in family sharing and opens wallets for verified digital IDs.

Granted, these are all available on iOS 15 and the iPhone as well, but it’s another step towards a future where the iPhone is dispensable. Digital keys and AR applications may not be ubiquitous right now, but they will be in a few years. It won’t be long before our cars, hotel rooms, and storage rooms – and of course our houses – unlock when we approach with an Apple Watch, or we can be shown the way in no time by seeing the world with ours Look at Apple Glasses.

The future is not here yet, but iOS 15 is bringing us closer and closer to a world where the iPhone is not only left behind, it is no longer necessary.

* Michael Simon covers everything to do with iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, and there is also a little bit of Android included. Usually found buried in a screen with his nose.


Apple iOS 15, the news to better protect privacy – Hi-tech

The next update of iOS 15, Apple’s operating system for iPhones coming this fall, includes a number of privacy-oriented improvements. These include new controls on location information that are usually saved when you take a picture. With iOS 15 it will be easier to disable this setting which, if on the one hand it can be useful to remember the place imprinted in an image, on the other it still represents a further piece in the wide ecosystem of the so-called Big Data that everyone carries around.

L’app Mail introduces Privacy Prevention, which allows you to hide your IP address and location when sending an email. This prevents hackers from intercepting the victim user’s unique connection reference, as well as the location from which they are connected.

Apple’s work on privacy has also extended to Siri. The commands given to the voice assistant will make greater use of the computational capabilities on board the iPhone and iPad, so as to reduce the request for information from the internet. However, the user’s voice asking for something will never be recorded or saved in the cloud.

Turning to browser Safari, this will enjoy an integrated VPN, called Private Relay, with which to mask traffic and hide browsing data, inaccessible to Apple itself. The functionality will be integrated into iCloud +, the version of Apple’s cloud services reserved for subscribers, except for those in China, Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda and the Philippines due to restrictions. in those countries.

With iOS 14.5 Apple had already released App Tracking Transparency, with which the system asks the user for the green light to track their activities for individual apps, for the purpose of advertising sales.