Friday, January 30, 2015

iOS 8.1.3 - New Configuration Options for Testing

Two days ago, Apple released the newest iteration of iOS 8 called iOS 8.1.3.  This update includes multiple changes behind the scenes, but the change that interested me was the line that references new configuration options for testing.  Given that little tidbit, I started a quest to find out exactly what those options included.  Turns out, Apple hasn't posted them to the web.

Hitting a dead end, I decided to turn to a couple of contacts who work for Apple.  After some researching, a Solutions Engineer sent back the following:

Here are the things iOS 8.1.3 includes for the education testing requirements:

iOS 8.1.3 includes the following new management features that can be suppressed on supervised iOS devices:
  • Dictionary
  • QuickType predictive keyboard
  • Spell check
  • AutoCorrection
To summarize, you can now configure the devices using Configurator or your favorite MDM solution to block features that could have made testing on an iPad unfair.  I'm glad I finally found the answer and hope that it helps districts as they prepare for Spring testing!

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