Managed Apple IDs play an important role in the Apple deployment process. Many tools and resources are available through this type of ID, including syncing user data in the iCloud account and configuring Apple Shared iPads.
By this fall, companies will be able to create Managed Apple IDs in bulk for the employees through the Apple Business Manager portal. With Managed Apple IDs, you can enable access to a number of services on iCloud, including Notes, Drive, Contacts and Calendar, and Managed Apple ID auto-complete. Managed Apple ID will be important for companies to configure the User Enrollment, which is the new deployment method that Apple announced during WWDC.
Please note: This information was announced during WWDC, and we are waiting until it's officially available with the release of the new operating system this fall.
What is a Managed Apple ID?
Managed Apple IDs for Business gives your company the ability to create and manage work Apple IDs for employees when deploying and managing iPads. They work like customized Apple accounts for businesses, allowing companies to set up restrictions and configurations that will keep employee data safe and support them in daily management.
There are some differences between Managed Apple IDs and regular Apple IDs, such as the terms and conditions of each one. The Managed Apple ID conditions include terms that satisfy the needs of company administrators when managing iPads in business environments, such as protecting data, allowing device management at a deep level, and delivering apps employees’ devices in the easiest way.
What are the benefits of using Managed Apple IDs in a business?
As we’ve explained above, Managed Apple IDs bring more data security to businesses by creating an Apple account that will be used by the employee. The Managed Apple ID is unique and separate from any other Apple ID that you’ve created for yourself or your employees. And, unlike personal Apple IDs, the IT administrator manages the services that your Managed Apple ID can access.
That's why the Managed Apple ID allows administrators to restrict the use of some tools and iOS features – a task that is more complex to do in bulk using a regular Apple ID.
Streamlining content distribution is definitely the greatest benefit of using Managed Apple IDs. The administrators can easily assign Apps and Books (formerly VPP) licenses using an MDM software solution, and the apps can be downloaded on the device without the need for user interaction.
In addition, some iOS features will be disabled when logging into a device using a Managed Apple ID. For example, employees will not have the ability to download or purchase apps directly through the App Store, or iTunes.
Another main reason why businesses create Managed Apple IDs for employees is because deploying Apple Shared iPads have certain requirements, which include Supervised iPads, devices enrolled in Automated Device Enrollment (formerly DEP) and the upcoming User Enrollment.
Other features available for Managed Apple ID include access to iCloud services such as iCloud Drive, Photos, Safari, Notes, Reminders, and Backup. It's also possible to disable features like Find My Friends, Search for my iPhone, the iCloud email, and other native settings.
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