Apple makes it even easier for businesses and schools to go iPhone and iPad

Apple makes it even easier for businesses and schools to go iPhone and iPad

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.

Do you think these changes make it easier for schools and businesses to deploy iOS devices? Let us know in the comments.

Source: iOS Enterprise Deployment Overview, Apple ID for Students: Institution Guide, via TechCrunch

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I think at a cost of Min 500.00 per tablet, Apple will struggle against cheap android tablets when school districts have to provide hundreds of them to kids, who will most likely break them. My daughter's district are looking at $150 price points for tablets. Parents don't want to kick in a bunch of extra $$ for what they perceive as "apple jewelry" when they are aware of alternative devices which are half the cost, or less.....

You do know apple has special prices for schools and local company's . You should really research before you assume

My girls school has iPads for 4 and 5 graders. Otterbox cases. They were new iPad 2's last school year. About 250 students can bring them home. Now, I don't think the way they went about their implementation was all that smart, but there have not been any issues of breakage.

I see this change by Apple just what will help improve our current rollout. Make it easier to manage, and ultimately improve the overall experience.

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As someone who deployed five 3rd-gen iPads with a mix of 90+ free and paid educational apps using Apple's Business VPP and Apple Configurator software, all I can say is, IT'S ABOUT TIME! It was an absolute horror show. The VPP site where I had to purchase the apps from did not have a shopping cart function so each title had to be bought one-at-a-time. Can you say "your credit card has been flagged for fraud?" Also, the Apple Configurator Software, was beyond frustrating. Besides having to purchase a Mac in order to use it, it was an utterly convoluted process fraught with licensing errors and glitches. I think I spent more in staff time getting things to work than the cost of all the hardware and software combined. I have worked with the Google Chromebook Management Console and if I had to do it over, would suggest a Chromebook instead. This is coming from someone who owns a MacBook, iPhone and iPad. Apple dropped the ball in this realm, IMO.

I am hopeful they heard the feedback from this like you. Hopefully it makes life easier. Seems like it, but who knows until it's used.

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One other thing nobody seems to mention is that Apple is still behind Windows and Android regarding multiple users on a tablet. It's very hard to share an iPad within a business or school.

I'm all for integrating technology in the classroom but are iPads really the best way to spend a school district's budget? Wouldn't it be more cost effective to employ cheap laptops or Chromebooks if the focus is schoolwork?

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I've done cheap in a classroom (Dell Netbooks that actually were not that cheap) and it was not worth it. When we got to try out a stack of 20 iPads for just one day people could stop saying how much better it was. For dollars with quality the iPad is a great value. I've seen cheap done and it doesn't usually pay off. More cost for up keep and more frustration that leads to less use which means it was all a waste from the get go. The state of Maine provides a 1:1 device for 7&8th grade. This year schools had 3 options, MacBook Air, an HP laptop or iPad. A large percent went with the iPad. It was also the cheapest option.
I've heard mixed to good things about Chromebooks and would consider it a path worth checking out.