iOS 12 and MaaS360
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iOS 12 is officially out in the wild today, and I'm sure that many users are eager to update. This past weekend MaaS360 elevated 10.70 to production, which includes the iOS 12 items, a few of which I will discuss below.
This is the first major release since Apple introduced the ability to delay iOS updates in 11.3 (for up to 90 days), so that clock begins ticking today. Remember that as long as that policy restriction is in place, users will not see an available update option on the device. To find this in MaaS360, navigate to the iOS Policy Supervised section, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the "Restrictions & Network" tab. Remember - this is not 90 days from when the policy is enforced, but 90 days from the release of the update.
One of the most popular features in iOS 12 is the enhancements made to password handling. Specifically the Autofill and Airdrop features. Password autofill lets Safari sites and apps take advantage of existing username/password sets to fill out login forms for the user. Password Sharing/Requests allows users to Airdrop passwords saved on the device to other users, as well as make requests for passwords from nearby devices.
All 3 of these features caused immediate concern upon their announcement (some of my colleagues began shaking their fists towards the sky before the keynote was even over), but fears were allayed when, a short time later, it was announced that there would be restrictions for these features added to the MDM feature set (Supervised only as is the trend with all new major features).
Password Autofill makes it so users can easily juggle passwords for multiple sites and apps, and reuse where needed. Here is a snapshot of the feature, and what happens if it is restricted.
After restriction is enabled
Password sharing is a great feature for consumers, but for enterprise comes with it's own set of worries. Passwords are exposed to users in plain text, so I have censored the pictures, but the idea is that they tap on it and an Airdrop option will appear.
For more information on iOS 12 features, and everything elevated as part of 10.70, please visit our release notes HERE