This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about Super Micro moving manufacturing out of China, Foxconn's adventures in Wisconsin, and Victor interviews Geert Bevin of Moog about interface design.
Apple's Device Enrollment Program, used by businesses to provision iPhones and iPads with an internal device management server, is claimed to have a weakness in its authentication that could allow an attacker to learn internal information about an organization.
At its Worldwide Developer Conference this week, Apple noted a milestone of 40 years of work in bringing computers to education. The modern tools it provides for education now include device management with Apple School Manager and collaborative tools including the new Classroom for Mac. In parallel, Apple has also brought its device management tools to the enterprise with Apple Business Manager. We asked Jamf for insight into the latest WWDC announcements related to device management in education and business.
In a move that flew under the radar with this week's iPad launch and education announcements, Apple began the quiet promotion of a new web-based business management platform to deploy and manage iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices.
In a bid to spur international education and business software sales, Apple on Monday announced an expansion to its bulk app purchasing initiative, the Volume Purchase Program, into eight new territories worldwide.
Apple on Tuesday announced businesses and educational institutions can now use the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) with devices purchased through Apple Authorized Resellers, while support for the service has been extended to include 26 countries.
Many expect Microsoft to launch Office for iPad on Thursday, but fresh rumors say the company may also make a play for mass device management with a cross-platform Enterprise Mobility Suite, a competitor to Apple's recently released Deployment Programs initiative.
Apple on Wednesday revealed a variety of changes and additions to its iOS device deployment and management tools for IT professionals in a bid to streamline mass deployments for large enterprise and education institutions.
Apple's next free iOS 7 update is expected to fix bugs and enhance a variety of user interface elements, but fresh rumors claim the release — supposedly coming in mid-March — will also include a major overhaul of the Mobile Device Management mass deployment system and will launch alongside a totally new "Volume Services" Web client.