It’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about “Back to School” or Fantasy Football.  I’m talking about Apple’s annual update to iOS.

Apple’s latest release, iOS 9, is available today and I’m happy to report that XenMobile client software 10.2  provides “instant compatibility” for devices upgrading to iOS9.

“Instant compatibility” means that XenMobile and iOS 9 will work together from Day 1.

Chances are you have already begun the process of preparing for iOS 9 but if you haven’t, here are the three key steps you need to remember.

  1. Users must first update their devices to the latest version of Worx Home.  Worx Home 10.2 is currently available in the App Store.
  2. Worx Apps such as WorxMail and WorxWeb must also be updated to the latest version XenMobile 10.2.
  3. Once step 1 and 2 are complete users can download iOS 9.
  4. No XenMobile Server updates are required for support of iOS 9 unless you’re using self-signed certificates. For those using self-signed certificates a server patch for XDM 9.0XMS 10.0 and XMS 10.1 is currently available for download.

Now that we’ve established that iOS 9 and XenMobile work together, let’s take a look at some of the new enterprises features.  Many of the new enterprise features reflect Apple’s focus on simplifying app distribution and management.

Key features and improvements for app management and distribution include:

  • An Apple ID is no longer required to to install apps.
  • Managed apps can now be pre-installed on the device.
  • Apps installed by an EMM solution such as XenMobile will be automatically trusted.  The user will no longer see a prompt confirming that the app is trusted.
  • Apple has expanded DEP (Device Enrollment Program) to support bulk enrollment services to 26 countries.

iOS 9 has some new security features as well:

  • New policy restrictions including sending attachments via AirDrop, screen recording/sharing and automatic app download reduce the likelihood of data leakage.
  • IT can block the “side-loading” of apps that don’t come directly from the App Store.
  • For iOS devices with the Touch ID sensor, Apple has moved away from the 4 digit passcode allowing users to configure a more complex 6 digit passcode.

For more information and technical detail on XenMobile support for iOS 9 please view our eDocs resources available on-line.