Apple has introduced a number of changes to its policies and tools to make device management better for education and business. Both business and education customers can now buy app licenses in bulk under Apple's Volume Purchase Program to install them on a large number of devices at once. Additionally, enterprise and education customers can also now employ hands-free Mobile Device Management, allowing devices to be set up wirelessly, rather than needing to physically connect to every deployed piece of hardware. Apple will now also provide Child Online Protection Act-compliant Apple IDs for students under 13 when a school district requests them. These IDs require parental consent, and have features like iCloud email turned off by default, along with taking several other precautions, according to the Institution Guide:
Apple IDs for students under 13 include the following features: • Account settings, such as email address and date of birth, cannot be changed. • No credit card is attached to the account at setup. • Limit Ad Tracking is turned on for the account to ensure the student does not receive targeted advertising from Apple. • Students can’t opt-in to receive marketing materials. • A parent or guardian can be notified of any significant changes to the terms of the account.
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