• iOS 9.3 will let IT managers define home screen layout, hide and blacklist apps

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    For businesses and other organizations, Apple's forthcoming iOS 9.3 update will let them lock the layout of a device's home screen and exert more control over apps in general.



    Layout lock requires OS X Server, Profile Manager, and supervision configured on a device, according to official documentation highlighted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Tuesday. With the option in force, apps can't be rearranged, for example allowing a company to ensure that apps it wants workers to use can't be moved into a folder or a different page.

    Organizations will moreover be able to hide apps, or blacklist or whitelist specific ones, determining what can be downloaded to an iPhone or iPad in the first place.

    Administrators will lastly be able to enforce notification settings, which may help them in circumstances where it's critical that some app notifications come through.

    iOS 9.3 is still in beta testing. Large-scale deployments are a particular focus in the update, but mainly for schools, which will for instance have a universal management hub and a Classroom app so teachers can exercise more control over student iPads.

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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      Can I be my kids' IT manager?
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      Can I be my kids' IT manager?
      That's a great question. Sounds like you can if you have OS X Server, Profile Manager, and all that configuration stuff mentioned in the post.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Can I hide Game Center and other Apple crap?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      That's a great question. Sounds like you can if you have OS X Server, Profile Manager, and all that configuration stuff mentioned in the post.
      Exactly which I'm sure isn't cheap and probably is not worth just hiding a couple of apps
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Can I hide Game Center and other Apple crap?
      You can hide the icons
    1. okitsugu's Avatar
      okitsugu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Exactly which I'm sure isn't cheap and probably is not worth just hiding a couple of apps
      I think OS X Server is $20. And not sure about profile manager, but its implying its part of OS X server. which you can install on nearly any mac. This may be possible to do for home use.
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