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The complete Apple iOS guide for IT administrators

Apple iOS has become a legitimate enterprise option. IT admins must know about its security capabilities and how to manage devices. Developers should also learn the ins and outs of iOS app development.


As Apple shifts its focus toward the enterprise, with better security features and simpler mobile device management, it's high time for IT departments to learn about the operating system.

The company has made a concerted effort to appeal to enterprise customers recently. For example, the company released Apple Business Manager (ABM), a consolidation of Apple's Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and Volume Purchase Program. ABM can help IT pros perform a variety of Apple device management tasks, including onboarding and configuring enterprise devices and delegating admin privileges.

In this Apple iOS guide, find out what else the company is doing to make an enterprise name for itself, including the business potential of the Apple Watch, how iOS app development works and more.

1Dive into Apple iOS-

Apple iOS enterprise features

Apple iOS is slanting more and more toward the enterprise with more automation and productivity features. The operating system is also well-known for its quality security; in fact, many believe iOS' security is infallible. Well, think again. Dive into the rise of iOS in the enterprise with a closer look at security features and more in this section of our iOS guide.


Apple's latest iOS security features

Security is an essential component of any enterprise device. Discover the security features from Apple's latest OSes. Continue Reading


Enterprise-friendly features of iOS 12

Apple's target audience is consumers, but the company hasn't left organizations behind completely. Learn what iOS 12 has to offer. Continue Reading

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How iOS 12 aims to limit distractions

Apple iOS 12 boasts a variety of features that enhance workplace productivity. Learn how FaceTime, walkie-talkies and screen time limits come into play. Continue Reading


How iOS 11 aids Apple enterprise use

Apple iOS 12 is here, but many end users still swear by iOS 11. Explore the enterprise-friendly features that make iOS 11 a workplace staple. Continue Reading


How iOS 11 improves iPads for business

IPads are now ubiquitous in the enterprise. Discover what iOS 11 has to offer when it comes to these workplace-friendly tablets. Continue Reading

2Cheat sheet to iOS app dev-

App development

Because iOS devices are more prominent than ever in the enterprise, developers must know how to create apps for Apple's devices. And because Apple is strict about what apps can run on its OS, there is a lot to know. Take on some of this important information with an iOS app development cheat sheet, and learn about Swift, one of Apple's top development languages.


Apple iOS application development cheat sheet

Developing apps for iOS devices is not easy. There is a lot of red tape to jump through and a variety of methods for deploying the apps. Continue Reading


Dive into iOS app development

To build successful apps for Apple devices, developers must know the ins and outs of iOS application development, from Xcode to Swift and more. Continue Reading


How Swift enables modularization for mobile apps

App modularization is a basic tenet of development. Fortunately, Swift makes it easier for developers to split up their mobile apps into digestible components. Continue Reading


Mobile app machine learning and Swift

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are gaining traction in the enterprise. Learn how Swift can make machine learning happen for mobile apps. Continue Reading

3A look at Apple's endpoints-

Explore iOS devices

The iPad and the iPhone dominate the tablet and smartphone markets, respectively. Never a company to rest on its laurels, Apple continues to churn out new devices. The iPhone XS and XR models, for example, bring improved Face ID sensors to the table. The latest iPad Pro and Apple Watch bring some use cases to the enterprise as well, although enterprise adoption isn't widespread yet. Read more about it in this section of our iOS guide.


Evaluate the iPad Pro for enterprise use

The iPad Pro isn't a silver bullet for every organization. Determine whether an iPad Pro would be a good fit for your organization's needs. Continue Reading


Discover the iPhone XS and XR

The iPhone XS and XR are making a splash for their big screens and big price tags. Figure out what this means for the enterprise. Continue Reading


Enterprise use cases for the Apple Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch Series 4 boasts a few enterprise features, including an emergency call function. But it's still unclear whether wearables will make the foray into the enterprise realm. Continue Reading


Bring tablets into the enterprise

Tablets bring the functionality of desktops and the portability of smartphones. Know how to enroll and manage these devices correctly in the enterprise. Continue Reading

4Apple device management-

How to manage iOS devices

It's no easy task to manage devices for an organization, especially when multiple device types are involved. Fortunately, Apple has released a few tools to automate enrollment, provisioning and configuration for IT pros, and other vendors have followed suit. Dig into these tools, including Apple Business Manager, and other features that can make device management simpler below in our iOS guide.


How Apple DEP stacks up

Nearly every IT pro knows about Apple Device Enrollment Program. But learn how it compares to provisioning services for Google Android and Microsoft Windows. Continue Reading


Apple introduces automatic device enrollment

Apple's DEP makes device enrollment much easier, enabling IT pros to focus on other tasks. Continue Reading


Compare Apple Business Manager to DEP

Apple Business Manager and DEP are very similar, but there are a few key changes. Explore the latest features of Apple's provisioning service. Continue Reading


Manage iOS devices with a third-party service

Apple device management software from Fleetsmith enters the competition. Learn how they're making security a top priority. Continue Reading


What IT wants from Apple's DEP

Discover some of the shortcomings associated with Apple's enrollment program, including a lack of control and built-in enterprise mobility management capabilities. Continue Reading

5Key iOS terms to know-


A list of the important terms iOS admins should know.

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