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When we think of an iPhone, we tend to think of the consumer apps and games. But neighborhood Apple experts Tekserve (store at 119 West 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue) have given us a quick rundown of the upcoming iOS 7 features that will be most important for business-oriented iPhone users in the next release of the operating system.

Let’s jump in to their analysis.

  • Managed Open In: The ‘open in’ feature on iPhones can actually be a security hole, but the latest version of iOS lets companies block which apps can access this feature to protect sensitive business information.
  • Per App VPN: Apps can send their data via a ‘VPN’ tunnel, controllable by the MDM admin rather than the app developer. This keeps this network traffic within the private Virtual Private Network.
  • App Store License Management: One big change is that now you purchase licenses rather than apps, and then businesses can assign those licenses to (or revoke them from) their employees.
  • New MDM Configuration Options: “MDM now supports fonts, accessibility options, AirPrint printers, and AirPlay screensharing.”
  • Streamlined MDM Enrollment: “IT can now specify MDM enrollment at the time of purchase.” Tekserve calls this a game changer that they will discuss in the future.
  • Enterprise Single Sign On: Users can sign on once, and the password will be securely shared among multiple apps and Safari so you don’t have to keep signing in.
  • Locally Cache Apps & iBooks: Using any Mac, you can install the $20 Mac OS X Server and use it to cache apps and iBooks to improve bandwidth issues when multiple employees need the same stuff.
  • Additional Features:
    • Third-party app data protection
    • Smart mailboxes in Main
    • View PDF annotations
    • Exchange 2010 note syncing

Read the Tekserve Blog for the complete article: Apple Announces New iOS 7 Features for Business & Education

Also, Tekserve’s iPad and iPhone Integration team develops, provisions, deploys and manages customized Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies for companies of any size. Contact Tekserve today for more info.A look at new Apple iOS 7 features that are good for business, from Tekserve, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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