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Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

Ryan Faas | July 18, 2014
When Apple's iPhone arrived in '07, it was aimed squarely at the consumer market; so was its OS.

Two years after launching VPP, Apple introduced Managed App Distribution, which allows organization to license iOS apps. Those apps can be distributed to users via mobile management solutions with access to the apps revoked and reassigned if a user leaves the company.

To facilitate content sharing, Apple also introduced AirDrop, a feature that allows any two iOS users in close proximity to exchange content without needing any network or Bluetooth configuration changes.

Apple also introduced the Activation Lock feature in iOS 7, a kill switch that prevents a lost or stolen device from being reactivated unless the owner's Apple ID credentials are entered. Police departments in some major cities credit Activation Lock with a drop in iPhone theft.

In OS X Mavericks Server, Apple also introduced Caching Server, a feature that allows an organization to mirror frequently accessed content from the App Store, such as apps deployed to users as well as app updates.

2014: This year has already seen a few major iOS enterprise milestones in addition to the Apple-IBM deal announced Tuesday.

In February, Apple released enterprise-oriented iOS documentation including a detailed guide to iOS security. The company also announced its Device Enrollment Program, a zero-touch configuration option for company-owned iOS devices and that offered IT administrators access to a range of "supervised device" management options without using Apple Configurator.

 

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