Gartner Research

Apple iOS 7 Architecture, Security and Management Capabilities

Published: 27 November 2013

ID: G00255348

Analyst(s): Eric Siegel


This assessment examines the hardware and software architecture of Apple iOS version 7 and its security and management ecosystem.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Apple Hardware for iOS
  • iOS
    • iOS Structure
    • iOS Integrity
  • App Distribution and App Stores
    • Developer and App Identification, Certificates and Profiles
    • App Distribution During Development
    • App Distribution for Production
    • App and Provisioning Profile Updates
    • Malware Detection
  • App Execution Sandbox Security
    • Entitlements
    • The File System
  • Communications
    • VPNs
    • Apple Push Notification Service
    • Interapp Communication
  • Policy Management
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

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