How iOS 6 Could Affect Your Devices
On September 12, 2012, Apple announced plans to release the iOS 6 update to the public on September 19, 2012.
As with previous OS updates Enterprise Mobile expects that new devices procured shortly after the release will soon be installed with iOS 6 instead of the previously released iOS 5.1.1.
For legal, not technical reasons, Enterprise Mobile will not be able to downgrade newly procured devices from iOS 6 back to iOS 5.x. This may also impact old devices that are sent to Apple repair, which may return upgraded.
The following device types will be supported for iOS 6 and possible to upgrade:
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4 (CDMA & GSM)
- iPhone 3GS
- iPod Touch 4th Gen
- iPad 2 (WiFi, WiFi + 3G – CDMA & GSM)
- iPad 3rd Gen (WiFi + CDMA & GSM)
The legacy iPad 1st Gen will not be upgradable.
Mobile Device Management (MDM)
It is not known if there are any new MDM features at this time included in iOS 6. We expect that the MDM vendors will make announcements with updated versions of MDM solutions in the next weeks/months.
Because the UDID feature has been deprecated in iOS 5, Apple has now removed the API used to retrieve the UDID in iOS 6. Please check with your MDM vendor if any updated clients or updated solutions are required to support iOS 6. This may include additional prompts the end-user may need to perform to enroll devices.
Note that there may not be time to update your MDM solution before the iOS 6 release. Enterprise Mobile strongly recommends that you have any iOS access version controls verified and possibly disabled if necessary to permit new iOS 6 upgraded devices to connect and access business critical functions. Enterprise Mobile can assist to answer any question you have with many of the MDM solutions.
If the iOS devices are already running iOS 5 or above and the devices have access to the Internet over WiFi towards Apple servers, an upgrade prompt may appear. End users have the option to download and upgrade their devices over-the-air (OTA) or tethered with iTunes. Some of your end-users will probably perform this upgrade on their own, on the first day the software is available.
Note that the upgrade may be fairly large in size (approx 700MB+) and could impact the telecom data plan of the iPhone or iPad and your monthly data plan costs. Please contact your telecom provider for more information.
Enterprise Mobile can assist if a large scale upgrade of devices is required, and can work with your internal support personnel to speed the process.
Testing iOS 6
If your company or you are developing custom iOS applications, you are likely a registered member of the Apple Developer program. Enterprise Mobile urges all developers to quickly and thoroughly test and validate that all their business applications run on iOS 6, with functionality retained. Initial testing can be performed with a beta release, but it’s important to test with the final release version of the operating system as in previous updates, Apple has continued to add features and bug fixes up-to the final public release.
The “golden master” or GM release of iOS 6 was made available to all iOS developers on September 12, 2012, one week in advance of the publicly available version.
iOS 6 Changes
This upcoming iOS release provides a slew of new features. While mostly geared to the consumer market, it may be beneficial to have knowledge of or promote the following list of business related features :
Hands free operation:
- Siri can read items from Notification Center
- "Eyes Free" allows car companies to build-in Siri integration
- A new application that manages a user’s boarding passes, travel loyalty cards and others
- Passes are updated in real-time if changes are made such as spending money on a store card, flight time updates, and gate changes
- Passes are location and time-based, appearing on the lock screen when relevant
- "Bluetooth" is moved to the top of the Settings list
- Addition of "Do Not Disturb" mode, allowing users to avoid calls and notifications unless calling parties are on the user’s Favorites group
- New Privacy Controls in which apps must now ask for permission to access the user’s photos, calendars, contacts and reminders
- "Wi-Fi plus cellular" option added under "Cellular", to allow apps to use data over cellular if experiencing issues establishing connection through Wi-Fi
- Addition of phone icon on lock screen for additional ignoring options, similar to the camera sliding icon on the lock screen in iOS 5.1
- When ignoring a call, the user can message the caller or set a Reminder to call them back later or send one of three customizable quick SMS response
- VIP inbox stars important emails from user defined VIP group members
- Flagged emails inbox
- Open password-protected Microsoft Office documents
- Added Pull-to-Refresh gesture to update Mail accounts
- Per account Signatures
- Ability to Search All Fields
- Custom Vibrations for Text Message Notifications
- Full screen landscape mode (for iPhone 3GS and newer; iPod Touch 4th Gen and newer)
- iCloud tab syncing across iOS devices and Macs
- Offline reading list caches the user’s reading list for later use, even when not connected to the Internet (not available for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th Gen
- Support up to 25 open tabs on iPad
- Removed as an integrated app due to an ended licensing deal with Google. Google created a stand-alone YouTube app for the App Store that is available for download as of September 11, 2012
- If the iPhone is lost, Lost Mode triggers an attention grabbing sound, prompting the person who finds the iPhone to call a specific number set by the owner remotely
- Global Network proxy for HTTP
- IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE
- Addition of Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR)
- Updating an app no longer requires the iTunes password to be entered
- Installation of free apps without an Apple ID (This feature appears to be removed since beta)
Accessibility Guided Access:
- Allows user to lock exiting of the app in Single App Mode
- Allows users to disable certain controls within a specific app
- Locks the home button from being used to act like a kiosk