One of the first questions I got from IT readers when Apple announced the April 10 order date and April 24 release date for the Apple Watch was, “How do we manage that?” 

Apple hasn’t responded to my inquiries on IT’s behalf, but the recent update to the Apple Configurator tool, the manual MDM (mobile device management) tool that Apple provides, gives the answer.

In short, IT can’t block use of the Apple Watch, even with supervised iPhones. (In Apple’s parlance, “supervised” devices have the highest level of IT controls applied and are meant for corporate-provisioned devices, versus “managed” devices that are more oriented to BYOD deployments.)

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