The launch of Apple's iOS 4.2 has allowed Absolute Software to roll out a version of theft and loss detection technology for the iPad and iPhone.

Apple launched the latest version of its mobile operating system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch yesterday to include multi-tasking, folders, unified inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint.

The new operating system also includes the Find My iPhone feature, available without a MobileMe subscription, that helps users locate their missing device. Apple is offering this as a free download on the App Store that lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can also remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

For extended lost device support, Absolute Software also announced the launch of Absolute Manage Mobile Device Management (MDM) for iOS 4 devices. Available with Absolute Manage, it allows IT departments to efficiently manage and secure iOS 4 devices alongside their PC and Mac computers from their platform of choice.

According to the company, Absolute Manage is one of the first software solutions to allow IT administrators to remotely manage, wipe and lock Apple iOS 4 devices from either a PC or Mac without the need for extra hardware or software infrastructure.

John Livingston, CEO of Absolute Software, told SC Magazine that the technology came from the acquisition of LANrev and now offers a persistent lifecycle management suite with a full view of services.

He said: “It offers software solution, policy, configuration management, power management and PC imaging. It helps fully manage support of devices as a cloud-based server or on a local area network.

“A lot of corporate customers say that they want to adopt the iPad in the enterprise but they have a problem on how to manage them. Now for the Mac platform, they have got a way to manage them and a way to provision software updates to track, lock and block it and delete data. Gartner is saying that the dam is broken when trying to support Apple devices and we really believe that we are first to market with a security tool for iPad management."

Features of the Absolute Manage MDM include: asset inventory to gather over 67 hardware and software information items, including device serial numbers, MAC addresses, installed applications and telephone numbers; data and device security to set prerequisites for longer, more complex passcodes for enterprise level security; and ability to do remote provisioning by managing and deploying profiles to configure email, restrict applications, set up VPN, disable the camera and deploy web clips.