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There is a lot of confusion around Apple APNs and certificates. What is APNs? Why do I need a certificate? How do I get one? Let’s try to clear it up. If you aren’t sure what APNs is or why you need it then read on.
The second reason is that the certificate is used to encrypt the information that is sent between MaaS360 and the iOS device. So your information is always secure.
1. Enroll in the iPhone Developer Enterprise Program (watch a brief video).
– Apple will validate the information you have provided in your application
– This takes about 2 weeks
- You will be notified via email when you are approved
2. Generate a Certificate Signing Request
3. Upload the Certificate Signing Request to Apple through the Apple Developer Portal
– Apple will immediately sign the request
- Congratulations, you now have an APNs certificate
4. Download the APNs certificate from the Apple Developer Portal
5. Upload the APNs certificate to MaaS360
- This let’s MaaS360 talk to your company’s iPhones and iPads through APNs
Get detailed instructions to help you to complete the rest of the process (steps 2 – 5). Disclaimer – this information is highly technical.
– Your company has a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number
– Your company agrees to Apple’s terms and conditions
– You company pays Apple a fee of $299 to join the iOS Enterprise Developer Program
Download a PDF version of the APNs FAQ.
This post is misleading. Maybe not when it was written, but it is now. You DO NOT need to enroll in the Enterprise Development program to get an APNs certificate. If, like me, you have no desire or need to develop any in house apps, just go to this Apple site and follow the directions.
That's it. Save your 300 bucks if you don't need to develop any apps.
Hi Bill - that is correct. Apple has since changed the process. We will get this article updated.
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