mobile device management (MDM)

iOS devices with iOS 5 or later, iPadOS devices with iPadOS 13.1 or later, tvOS devices with tvOS 9 or later, and Mac computers with OS X 10.7 or later have a built-in framework that supports mobile device management (MDM). MDM lets you securely and wirelessly configure devices, whether they’re owned by the user or your organization. MDM includes updating software and device settings, monitoring compliance with organizational policies, and remotely wiping or locking devices. Users can enroll their own devices in MDM, and organization-owned devices can be enrolled in MDM automatically using Apple Business Manager. MDM also enables distribution, management, and configuration of apps and books purchased through Apple Business Manager or developed in-house. When an administrator initiates an MDM policy, option, or command, the device receives notification of the action through the Apple Push Notification service (APNs). With a network connection, devices can receive APNs commands anywhere in the world.

To learn more about large-scale deployments of Apple devices, see the iOS Deployment Reference or the macOS Deployment Reference.