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iOS 7.1 rumored to ship 'around March 15' with new MDM tech

updated 11:19 am EST, Tue February 18, 2014

Changes won't affect most of the public

iOS 7.1 should ship "around March 15," and incorporate an overhaul of Apple's existing mobile device management (MDM) platform, a source tells AppleInsider. The company is said to be working with several MDM vendors and institutional clients on the overhaul. It has already launched a new Volume Services website, which is reportedly still in testing but includes options like "Automate MDM Enrollment" and "Buy Apps and Books in Volume." The new tools are expected to go live around the same time as iOS 7.1.

One signature of the new MDM platform is said to be over-the-air supervision of iOS devices, which will allow organizations to monitor and secure large-scale deployments. A given example is schools, where IT admins should be able to set and lock profiles and data in a way that can't be easily undone by students. The OTA system will further be able to operate without Configurator, Apple's OS X MDM software, which is aimed more at small organizations.

The new MDM technology is expected to be one of the few major upgrades in iOS 7.1. Recent betas have concentrated mostly on bugfixes and visual tweaks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 01-23-02

    Considering the present pitiful state of Apple's MDM, almost anything would be an improvement. They just don't "get" the enterprise.

  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Let's hope they fix all that bizarre city list in the Clock app including:

    1. Add state names to city names for the U.S. And show enough sense to include all U.S. cities above a certain size with their state. Athens, Georgia isn't on the list even though it has 115,000 people and the University of Georgia. That's ridiculous. Where the heck is Beulah? Wikipeda shows 18 states with towns by that name, none of them large. Either take it off or include the state.

    2. Making sure each state has at least one city listed. Alabama has none listed, not even Tim Cook's hometown Mobile or his college town of Auburn. State's decide about DST, so that makes it impossible to set a city that fits what your state decides.

    3. Clean up a lot of the silliness. Leaving out cities in Tibet with a million-plus people but including a Soviet station is Antarctica with a winter population of 13 is weird.

    4. Quit being such political chickens. Include the Falklands and let Argentina stew. Make Jerusalem of part of Israel and tell the Palestinians that if they don't like that, make a settlement that changes conditions on the ground. And include cities in Taiwan as cities in Taiwan. Find a standard list of nation-states and go by it. Don't let, "Oh, China won't like this..." influence the list. Show some backbone.

    Except for the last, the list seems to have complied by a third-grader living in some remote, undeveloped country. It shows no understanding of politics or geography,

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Seriously, the Clocks app is your top priority? :)

    As for the first comment, what do you mean with "present pitiful state of Apple's MDM"? If you mean Apple Configurator, I'd almost agree, except it's not really an MDM, and not geared towards enterprise. The profile manager as part of OS X Server much more resembles an actual MDM (and does what Configurator is sorely lacking: OTA), but is also limited by things like lack of cross-platform compatibility (not that you'd expect an Apple solution to support Android, Blackberry or Symbian).

    But the only point that counts is: there's a ton of hooks for other MDM manufacturers (AirWatch, Mobile Iron, Casper, to name but a few) to use, and those companies provide great solutions for enterprise. Sure, Apple could always do more, and judging by this article they are. But saying Apple doesn't "get" enterprise is just a misinformed and superficial way of putting it.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    "State's decide about DST, so that makes it impossible to set a city that fits what your state decides."

    What, all two of them? Neither of which is within 1,200 miles of each other, much less within 1,200 miles of Alabama?

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