Last week Apple announced some big changes to their product lineups. On Friday September 19, Apple will release the two biggest iPhones yet, a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone Plus. These new devices will be loaded with an updated iOS (iOS 8) which includes many new enterprise features. For those of you who do not have an upgrade available, you will not have to wait long to experience some of the new features. iOS 8 will be released tomorrow and made available to users using any of the following ‘i’ devices: iPhones 4S or newer, second-generation iPad and newer, and fifth-generation iPod Touch.

With all the anticipation and hype around the new product launch, Apple has quietly improved some enterprise security features and functionality. Below are a few enterprise features you may have missed:

Security

  • Data protection has been expanded. In addition to Mail and third-party apps, the Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages apps are protected with a passcode until after the device is unlocked following a reboot.
  • S/MIME controls are now set per message. This allows users to sign and encrypt individual messages.

Productivity

  • New methods to mark mail as read, unread, or flag them from follow-up with a quick swipe left or right from the Inbox screen.
  • Ability to designate individual mail threads as ‘VIP’ so you can track updates to the conversation.
  • Ability to differentiate between external email addresses by marking these in red.
  • Ability to set automatic reply messages from your iOS device.
  • Ability to see colleagues’ availability when scheduling an event.
  • Third-party document apps can make documents available to other apps.
  • Third-party keyboard support.
  • Predictive suggestions to text in the Mail and Messages apps.

Mobile Device Management

  • Ability to control which apps can open documents downloaded from enterprise.
  • New controls to set up rules for controlling which apps can open documents from iCloud Drive.
  • New MDM tool that allow device names to be set remotely and prevent users from adding their own restrictions or erasing their devices.
  • Ability to help users authenticate to enterprise apps using certificate-based single sign-on.