Introducing AirWatch Features and Functionality for iOS 10

Introducing AirWatch Features and Functionality for iOS 10

The AirWatch® team is excited to announce that new functionality for iOS 10 is publicly available. The new functionality is available for all environments running AirWatch 8.4.5 and higher. 

  • For on-premise environments, two separate database scripts are available.  All administrators with on-premise environments should run the iOS 10 seed script to ensure that iOS 10 is properly added to all applicable drop-down menus in the AirWatch Admin Console.  The script to enable iOS 10 functionality should be run on all environments running AirWatch 8.4.5 or higher.
  • For SaaS environments, no action needs to be taken. Please note that specific model display names for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices will be added as part of the next software release.

For more information about configuring the new iOS 10 settings in AirWatch 8.4.5 and higher, see the AirWatch iOS Platform Guide. If you are using AirWatch Admin Console 8.1 and above, you can still take advantage of these features using custom profiles.  For specific information on supported versions of AirWatch applications, please see the Getting Ready for iOS 10 article.

For on-premise environments, run the iPhone 7/7+ seed script in order to include model information for these new devices in the AirWatch Console.

What’s New in Security Features

iOS 10 Device Restrictions 

AirWatch supports the following device restrictions for iOS 10 using the Restrictions payload of an iOS security profile pushed from the AirWatch Admin Console. Certain restrictions require supervised iOS 10 devices, which means they must be staged through the Device Enrollment Program or Apple Configurator. Restrictions for iOS 10 supervised features are easily identified in the AirWatch Admin Console by a label with the text "iOS 10 + Supervised” when applicable.

  • Disable Bluetooth modification – Restrict end users from modifying device Bluetooth settings.


What’s New in Configuration Settings

QoS Marking Policy

Apple and Cisco have partnered to deliver a better app and voice experience for iOS devices on corporate networks through Cisco's QoS fast lane network. AirWatch allows you to select audio and video applications to receive prioritized data allocations. You can customize this setting in the Wi-Fi Profile.

For more information on QoS Marking, visit



Default Calling App for Exchange

Assign a default application that your Native EAS account will use to make calls when you select a phone number in an email message. This option can be configured in the existing Native EAS Profile. The applications that can be used as a default calling app must have been developed using the CallKit framework. Please contact the application developer for more information on which frameworks a specific app uses.


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