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Mobile Device Management companies get more app control on iOS 7

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 19, 2013
Apple is providing MDM APIs that better allow vendors to 'take advantage of the operating system hooks to provide application-level security'

From an MDM perspective, one of the most significant changes in iOS 7 is in the ability for companies to provision apps in bulk under a commercial license.

Before, software obtained through Apple's App Store were linked to the Apple account of the iPhone or iPad user. As a result, companies could not simply use their MDM consoles to remove an app from people's devices when they leave the company and redeploy it on another device.

With iOS 7, companies can buy app licenses in bulk and move the apps around as they please without having "a lot of overhead administration," Adam Stein, senior director of product marketing for SAP, said.

From an enterprise security standpoint, Apple is now seen on par with Android devices running Samsung's Knox technology, which provides similar protection from the hardware through the application layer.Ã'Â

However, because Knox has only been available since March on a few Samsung devices, Apple's new security features will be more readily available.

"In the enterprise today, because Samsung is still in ramp up mode, I'd say probably you will have more iOS 7 devices once the operating system is released than Samsung Knox and SAFE devices in the short term," Stein said.

Knox is part of Samsung's SAFE management and security system for Android devices. SAFE stands for "Samsung For Enterprise."


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