I would like to implement an app that is capable of doing the following when a worker doesn’t return the iPhone for 45 days:

  1. Based on IMEI or a unique app client id the phone should be disabled with a random passcode, by bypassing the faceid or touch id.
  2. It should not be enabled until allowed from backend admin end.
  3. The iOS should not be overwritten while the app is enabled.

I would like to seek advice if this software exists?


Apps can not do this on iOS due to how the OS restricts an app to the sandbox. However, this is precisely what an MDM does.

You need no app whatsoever on the iOS side - just a profile and an identity to get Apple to recognize your authority and for each device owner to accept your MDM profile.

If you are a company that owns the devices - you will want to use Apple Business Manager and then work with Apple or someone else to shop for and set up the best MDM for your size. There are some great for 5 devices and some great for 50,000 devices.

If you are a service provider, you also can learn about MDM and then offer it to clients. If you’re a developer, there are open-source MDM frameworks so you can learn if you want to build a better wheel.

Most of the professionals that manage mac and iOS devices congregate under the MacAdmin community, so reach out if you need help managing your devices or are just a highly motivated learner.

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