Apple has released iOS 7.0.3 for all iOS 7 devices. It includes support for iCloud Keychain which was introduced in Mavericks and many bug fixes. Most importantly, the bug that “could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software”. Good news for education users.
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
Improves system stability when using iWork apps
Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software
One of the biggest iOS 7 advances for enterprise environments is Apple’s new volume licensing model. The new model is a massive step forward and arguably is the most significant enterprise advance that Apple has made in iOS 7. It also has the potential to be a huge competitive advantage over Android in business environments.
From an administrator’s perspective, the new model works very similar to what’s been around for decades – single source software licensing coupled with network-based deployment tools. From a user perspective, it’s extremely similar to the consumer App Store system.
In all the hype of iOS 7; One feature that could be big for schools, got very over looked. iOS 7 now includes a feature called automatic web filtering. Web filtering allows schools or parents to block adult related content on iOS devices.
The web filtering happens at a very low-level in the iOS operating system which means not only will it work for Safari, but any other 3rd party apps get filtered too.
The filter does seem to be very zealous with it’s filtering but if it’s an issue for your school or child, then it’s better then nothing.
How to activate web filtering in iOS 7
Under “Settings > Restrictions > Allowed Content > Websites” you can find the option to “Limit Adult Content”. This will try and automatically filter out adult content. With the automatic filter on, you still have the option to white and blacklist certain website from this setting page or when you hit a blocked website (your restrictions passcode is need).
IT administrators can also deploy web filtering in their Configuration Profile through Apple Configurator or MDM.