MDM Comparisons / Apple Changes to Deployment 2015

We are often asked to compare MDM providers and explain Apple iPad deployment possibilities.
While a guide cannot explain every detail, its worth calling us in for a consultancy meeting (or video conference) to explain all of the options to you in person.
Many things have changed with iOS9 along with one exciting feature of not needing an Apple ID on each and every device to deploy an app to an institutionally owned device. This does simplify some aspects of the deployment to the end users, but has added some technical changes.  For a successful deployment you will need a compatible MDM (see below Compatible iOS9 deployment).

For this to work, one needs a VPP & DEP account from Apple, with all devices enrolled into the account.  Devices that are not enrolled in DEP wont work using this new deployment method.  Reasons a device may not be eligible – device must be owned by institution, purchased after March 2011, reseller must support DEP and reported your serial number to Apple.  Apple have said to me if a reseller has had bad record keeping then Apple will not support you.

Where a device doesn’t work in this solution; all is not lost as the older method of having an Apple ID on each device will still work fine; the only issues you will have is Apps will stop deploying every time Apple updates their App Store terms and conditions (easily solved by agreeing to T&C on each device). Additionally Apple will restrict the whitelisting process (that allows you to mass create Apple IDs) to only special circumstances – i.e. you are rolling out a 1:1 programme and students/teachers want to setup device and add an Apple ID.

The comparison chart below is a loose guide based on our experiences & testing (and chats with solution providers). If there is any thing useful to add let us know.

We are vendor neutral when we recommend solutions to our schools; though we have recently become a reseller for Meraki and Lightspeed.  Pricing is approximate, subject to change, sometimes discounts possible etc.

  • MDM Comparison

  • Other Pricing
  • Availability
  • Vendor Support
  • Device Limit
  • Minimum Order
  • New DEP Deployment iOS9+
  • VPP Deployment
  • Assign VPP licenses only
  • DEP Recommended
  • iOS 9+ Restrictions
  • iOS 8+ Restrictions
  • iOS 7+ Restrictions
  • General Restrictions
  • Lock/Wipe Device
  • Geolocation
  • Enterprise features
  • Custom PLISTS
  • iBook Support
  • No push certificates
  • Meraki (Legacy)

  • Meraki (Legacy)

  • n/a
    Other Pricing
  • Discontinued
    Availability
  • no
    Vendor Support
  • Unlimited Devices
    Device Limit
  • No
    Minimum Order
  • no
    New DEP Deployment iOS9+
  • yes
    VPP Deployment
  • Yes - ideal for BYOD
    Assign VPP licenses only
  • yes
    DEP Recommended
  • no
    iOS 9+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 8+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 7+ Restrictions
  • yes
    General Restrictions
  • yes
    Lock/Wipe Device
  • yes
    Geolocation
  • yes
    Enterprise features
  • no
    Custom PLISTS
  • no
    iBook Support
  • no
    No push certificates
  • Meraki SM Enterprise (Free)

  • FREEUp to 100 Devices

  • n/a
    Other Pricing
  • Yes
    Availability
  • no
    Vendor Support
  • 100 Device Limit
    Device Limit
  • No
    Minimum Order
  • yes
    New DEP Deployment iOS9+
  • yes
    VPP Deployment
  • Yes - ideal for BYOD
    Assign VPP licenses only
  • yes
    DEP Recommended
  • yes
    iOS 9+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 8+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 7+ Restrictions
  • yes
    General Restrictions
  • yes
    Lock/Wipe Device
  • yes
    Geolocation
  • yes
    Enterprise features
  • no
    Custom PLISTS
  • no
    iBook Support
  • no
    No push certificates
  • Meraki SM Enterprise (Paid)

  • $40.00Per Device / PA

  • Quoted before order
    Other Pricing
  • Yes
    Availability
  • yes
    Vendor Support
  • Unlimited Devices
    Device Limit
  • No
    Minimum Order
  • yes
    New DEP Deployment iOS9+
  • yes
    VPP Deployment
  • Yes - ideal for BYOD
    Assign VPP licenses only
  • yes
    DEP Recommended
  • yes
    iOS 9+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 8+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 7+ Restrictions
  • yes
    General Restrictions
  • yes
    Lock/Wipe Device
  • yes
    Geolocation
  • yes
    Enterprise features
  • no
    Custom PLISTS
  • no
    iBook Support
  • no
    No push certificates
  • Light Speed

  • £5.00Per Device / PA

  • 3 YR deal £13.50
    Other Pricing
  • Yes
    Availability
  • yes
    Vendor Support
  • Unlimited Devices
    Device Limit
  • Yes - 30 Licenses
    Minimum Order
  • yes
    New DEP Deployment iOS9+
  • yes
    VPP Deployment
  • No- Hardware must be enrolled
    Assign VPP licenses only
  • yes
    DEP Recommended
  • yes
    iOS 9+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 8+ Restrictions
  • yes
    iOS 7+ Restrictions
  • yes
    General Restrictions
  • yes
    Lock/Wipe Device
  • no
    Geolocation
  • no
    Enterprise features
  • yes
    Custom PLISTS
  • yes
    iBook Support
  • yes
    No push certificates

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Guide to the above table:

iOS 9+ Restrictions

 Disallow sharing of managed documents with AirDrop (iOS 9)
 Allow iCloud Photo Library (iOS 9)
 Allow App Store (iOS 9)
 Allow keyboard shortcuts (iOS 9)
 Allow pairing with Apple Watch (iOS 9)
 Allow modification of passcode settings (iOS 9)
 Allow modification of device name (iOS 9)
 Allow modification of wallpaper (iOS 9)
 Allow automatic downloading of apps purchased on other devices (iOS 9)
 Automatically trust enterprise apps (iOS 9)
 Allow News app (iOS 9)

iOS 8+ Restrictions

 Allow Handoff (iOS 8+)
 Force paired Apple Watch to use Wrist Detection (iOS 8.2+)
 Allow backup of enterprise books (iOS 8+)
 Allow notes and highlights sync for enterprise books (iOS 8+)
 Allow managed app to store data in iCloud (iOS 8+)
 Allow configuring restrictions (iOS 8+)
 Allow Erase All Content and Settings (iOS 8+)
 Allow Podcasts (iOS 8+)
 Allow Internet results in Spotlight (iOS 8+)
 Allow definition lookup (iOS 8+)
 Allow spell-check (iOS 8+)
 Allow auto-correction (iOS 8+)
 Allow predictive keyboard (iOS 8+)

iOS 7+ Restrictions

 Show Control Center in lock screen (iOS 7+)
 Show Notification Center in lock screen (iOS 7+)
 Show Today view in lock screen (iOS 7+)
 Allow documents from managed apps in unmanaged apps (iOS 7+)
 Allow documents from unmanaged apps in managed apps (iOS 7+)
 Allow cloud Keychain sync (iOS 7+)
 Allow automatic updates to certificate trust settings (iOS 7+)
 Force limited ad tracking (iOS 7+)
 Allow modifying account settings (iOS 7+)
 Allow AirDrop (iOS 7+)
 Allow changes to cellular data usage for apps (iOS 7+)
 Allow user-generated content in Siri (iOS 7+)
 Allow modifying Find My Friends settings (iOS 7+)
 Allow host pairing (iOS 7+)
 Enable web content filter (iOS 7+)

General Restrictions

 Allow adding Game Center friends
 Allow app removal
 Allow automatic sync when roaming
 Allow backup
 Allow Bookstore
 Allow Bookstore erotica
 Allow diagnostic data to be sent to Apple
 Allow document sync
 Allow explicit music and podcasts
 Allow FaceTime
 Allow Game Center
 Allow iMessage
Allow in-app purchases
 Allow installing apps
 Allow multiplayer gaming
 Allow Passbook notifications while locked
 Allow photo stream
 Allow screen capture
 Allow Siri
 Allow Siri while locked
 Allow Touch ID to unlock device
 Allow UI configuration profile installation
 Allow use of camera
 Allow use of iTunes Store
 Allow use of Safari
 Allow user to accept untrusted TLS certificates
 Allow voice dialing
 Block popups
 Enable autofill
 Enable Global HTTP Proxy
 Enable javascript
 Enable Siri profanity filter
 Force encrypted backup
 Force fraud warning
 Force user to enter iTunes Store password for all purchases
 Require passcode on incoming AirPlay pairing requests
 Require passcode on outgoing AirPlay pairing requests

 

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