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A look at Apple's iOS 8.3 enterprise updates

The biggest updates in iOS 8.3 are user-facing: support for Apple Watch, iCloud Photo Library optimizations and racially diverse emojis. But there’s a handful of enterprise updates and fixes that IT admins should know about. Here’s the list from Apple:

  • Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps
  • Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes
  • Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting
  • Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy
  • Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies
  • Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems
  • Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions
  • Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-FI network
  • Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Apple also made some changes to how IT manages iOS 8.3 devices with Configuration Profiles, according to Aaron Freimark on the Enterprise iOS blog. Admins can now force a device to detect a connection to Apple Watch, and they can allow users to modify the fingerprints used for Touch ID authentication — but that’s only for devices in supervised mode.

In addition, Apple patched dozens of vulnerabilities in iOS.

Because iOS 8.3 is a point release, most of these enterprise updates and fixes aren’t major. What other issues would you like Apple to address in future iOS versions? Let us know in the comments.

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