Apple’s release of Apple Vision Pro on Feb. 2, 2024, sparked widespread anticipation among tech enthusiasts worldwide. Even more among enterprise customers when Apple announced MDM management capabilities in visionOS 1.1.

Apple Vision Pro lets users interact with apps while remaining connected to their physical surroundings or immerse themselves entirely in a virtual environment of their choosing. This flexibility opens infinite possibilities for personal and enterprise applications, fundamentally transforming the way we experience computing.

For enterprises, Apple Vision Pro features present opportunities across various use cases, including productivity and collaboration with the device's infinite canvas to access and multitask seamlessly and collaborate on projects in real-time; remote training, allowing instructors to guide trainees through simulations and hands-on tasks from anywhere in the world; guided work to display contextual information such as equipment manuals, safety procedures or troubleshooting guides, enhancing workers' understanding and performance; and even co-design sessions, where engineers immerse themselves and visualize, review, and iterate on designs together.

In response to growing demand for enterprise-ready solutions, Apple also introduced Mobile Device Management (MDM) controls for Apple Vision Pro. The developer beta of visionOS 1.1 lets MDM developers test configurations for enterprise networking (Wi-Fi, VPN, per-app VPN), single sign-on, restrictions, identity certificates, managed app installation and more, ensuring the security of the data and seamless integration into existing IT infrastructures.

Apple Vision Pro has the security and privacy features expected for an enterprise-grade device. Apple introduced biometrics like Touch ID and Face ID to iPhone, iPad, and Mac; now, Apple Vision Pro includes Optic ID, which provides authentication via iris recognition. Apple’s M2 processor and Secure Enclave protect Optic ID data, and provides the encryption and security enterprise customers expect.

Some highlights on the ability to manage Apple Vision Pro are:

  • MDM Enrollment: Management of the Apple Vision Pro requires registration via account-driven Device Enrollment or account-driven User Enrollment with a Managed Apple ID. Apple has stated that Automated Device Enrollment, adding devices to Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager, and supervision are not supported at this time.
  • MDM Configurations: MDM payloads and declarative device management are both supported for applying configurations to Apple Vision Pro, ensuring comprehensive management capabilities for enterprise deployments.
  • App Deployment: Apple has announced over 1,000 spatial apps built for Apple Vision Pro and more than 1 million compatible iOS and iPadOS apps. Apps can be deployed using MDM, similar to other Apple devices. Native visionOS apps are not in the volume Apps and Books store yet, but compatible and in-house apps can still be deployed.
  • Additional Management: Apple Vision Pro will support gathering inventory data, and can be remotely erased in case it goes missing. The management model is similar to iPhone and iPad, and Apple has taken the same approach with Apple Vision Pro.
  • Integration: Apple Vision Pro seamlessly integrates with IT systems, like corporate Wi-Fi networks, VPN, email, identity providers, and cloud storage providers. Plus, Apple Vision Pro offers compatibility with other Apple services and devices out of the box.

At Ivanti, we are dedicated to enabling our customers with the tools to support all enterprise use cases. Our goal is to empower our customers with tailored solutions, driving productivity and innovation. Stay tuned for updates on MDM compatibility and support in our Ivanti UEM solutions, designed to seamlessly manage Apple Vision Pro devices.