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Apple Business Manager and School Manager now in more areas

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What you need to know

  • Apple is expanding its Business Manager and School Manager software to new areas
  • The new locations are China mainland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Apps can now be purchased in volume using these programs

Today, Apple announced that is is expanding its Business Manager and School Manager features to a few new locations in the world. Reported by 9to5Mac, China mainland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Vietnam will all now be able to volume purchase apps from the App Store using the software that Apple has custom designed for businesses and schools to help manage their purchases with the company.

This also opens these areas up to do more than just that, like the ability to start distributing custom or proprietary apps to businesses and employees within these locations, something they were not able to do before. Apple released the update on their developer website:

Apps on the App Store in China mainland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Vietnam are now available for volume purchase on Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager. You can now also privately distribute custom apps to specific organizations in these locations or proprietary apps to employees within your organization in these locations. The organizations that you identify in App Store Connect can access your custom app in the Custom Apps section of Apple Business Manager.

Apple Business Manager gives businesses more flexibility with app distribution, like only giving certain organizations access to a custom or proprietary app. Apple School Manager, on the other hand, has been especially helpful for educational institutions, who can take advantage of discounts of up to 50% on purchases of 20 or more apps if the developer offers it.

You can learn more about Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager on Apple's developer website (opens in new tab).

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.