Apple’s latest release of the iOS operating system doesn’t come packed with a lot of new features for companies looking to reign in the whole “bring your own device” stampede. But the few twists Apple has added to iOS 6 will certainly make it more attractive to organizations that want to use the iPad, iPhone, and even the iPod as business tools—all while keeping users from playing Words with Friends on company time. And, best of all, you don’t have to be an enterprise with a capital “E” to take advantage of them.

There were already a bunch of paranoia-friendly features in iOS, such as support for S/MIME secure mail, long secure passwords instead of 4-digit PINs, and locked-down profiles to keep fun (and security leaks) at bay. But iOS 6 takes Apple’s apparent corporate-friendliness to a whole new level. The changes in iOS6 from a management perspective give businesses the ability to do everything from force-load a corporate-approved wallpaper onto the device to locking down how it connects to the Web.

Perhaps the biggest changes are in the level of control iOS 6 gives to organizations to lock down devices. These changes are centered on two sets of features: Guided Access, which allows an iPad to be locked into a single application; and Supervised Mode, which now gives administrators the ability to make detailed changes to iOS device security and usage profiles “over the air” as well as at setup time.

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