Apple MDM is a device management solution that enables IT admins to remotely deploy devices in bulk, enforce security configurations, distribute applications and content on corporate and personally-owned Apple devices. While some solutions serve only as an iOS MDM (iOS/iPhone device manager), other Apple device manager enable businesses or educational institutions to remotely manage iPads (iPadOS), iPhones (iOS) and Macs (macOS).
Inherent security of Apple devices and the varied functions they serve are the main reasons for the exponential adoption of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS devices in organizations. To make the most of the benefits offered, organizations must deploy Apple MDM solutions ( or iPad/iOS MDM solutions) for Apple device management including iPad remote management and iOS device management. They provide the organizations the means to ensure that corporate or personally-owned can remotely be configured with the required security policies and enterprise-approved app and content.
iPad device management software is a solution that is dedicated to the iPad remote management. It enables IT admins to seamlessly deploy iPads, configure security policies and provision the iPadOS devices with the required apps and and content, over-the-air.
Most mobile device management solutions usually double up as an Apple MDM solution and handle iPad remote management and iOS device management along with managing Android, Windows and Chrome devices. ManageEngine's Mobile Device Manager Plus is one such iOS/iPad management software that lets you manage all Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs and even Apple iPods. Let us look at the varied features provided by MDM for Apple device management:
Every Apple MDM (iPhone/iOS MDM) or Apple device manager must support the following features to provide effective Apple device management on iPhones (iOS), iPads (iPadOS) and Mac (masOS) devices.
Follow the steps given below to manage iPads/iPhones using an iPadOS/iOS MDM software:
Step 1: Add APNs certificate
One of the pre-requisites for iPad/iOS remote device management using an iPad/iOS device manager is creating an APNs certificate. This certificate is required to secure the communication between the MDM for iPads/iPhones and Apple Push Notification service for device management of Apple devices. Learn how to create an APNs certificate and add it to ManageEngine's Apple MDM solution, Mobile Device Manager Plus.
Step 2: Enroll the devices
The iPads/iOS devices can be enrolled into Apple MDM solutions such as Mobile Device Manager Plus or any other Apple (iOS) device manager using Apple Business Manager(ABM) or Apple School Manager (if you're an educational institution). Enrolling iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices using ABM/ASM allows organizations to completely automate the remote device management for iOS/iPadOS with the added advantage of mandatory management of devices.
Step 3: Create and associate profiles
Create Groups based on departments and automate the distribution of security policies, apps and documents. With the Apple MDM solution, organizations can also:
Apple MDM solutions offer organizations the following benefits:
In addition to the iPad/iPhone device management capabilities, ManageEngine's Apple MDM, Mobile Device Manager Plus also supports extensive features for managing devices running macOS. Learn more about Mobile Device Manager Plus' Mac management capabilities.