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Apple’s BYOD improvements will save time for IT


Apple announced numerous enterprise-focused enhancements in its operating systems at WWDC, all of which business users will get to use this fall. But some we’ve not looked at too closely yet include tools to balance privacy with managed IDs.

Managed Apple ID improves dramatically

Appe’s most important improvement is its all-new declarative device management system. The big idea behind this is to move device management from being reactive to becoming declarative, which gets the device itself to ensure it remains secure.

This isn’t the only way in which Apple has thought deeply about how business works, particularly around remote working and BYOD.

For me, another noteworthy illustration of Apple’s agenda is the new Sign In to Work Account screen in Settings, which lets you quickly and easily set up a Managed Apple ID on personal or shared devices. The move reflects Apple’s understanding of a need to build a barrier between use of your device for your private life, and use of the same device for work. This Managed Apple ID will be visible just like your own personal Apple ID on your device — you’ll find it listed just below your personal data in Settings.

Securing against data leakage

Apple has also thought about what you want to use an Apple ID for, so you’ll find a new section in Notes that lets you capture work-related information, and a new section in the Files app that links to your iCloud Drive for work, as well as for your own data. This is useful, as it lets you save documents and other data in your work account, which helps you maintain a gap between the two digital lives you hold on the device.

Another useful implementation on managed devices gives IT better control over how data flows between managed and unmanaged apps; it puts controls around copy and paste to prevent data from a managed account from being placed in a non-approved or unmanaged app.

A user attempting to do this will receive a warning that the operation cannot be completed because of company restrictions. IT can also delay installation of OS upgrades, but still ensure security updates are installed.

Macs will get it

The power and performance of the new Apple Silicon Macs is helping drive enterprise deployment. It means enterprise users can realistically expect a $1,000 MacBook Air will deliver the kind of high performance they only recently needed to spend over $2,000 to get.

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