New Apple Configurator Gives Small Businesses Control Over iOS Devices

Apple very quietly released a tool yesterday that gives IT managers control over 30 iOS devices at a time using a single Mac.  The tool, Apple Configurator allows control over a host of items on a variety of iOS Devices, including:

  • iOS updates
  • Lock screen and wallpaper
  • Device name
  • Installed apps
  • Installed documents
  • Configuration profiles (including passcode policy, restrictions, Wi-Fi, VPN, and more settings)
  • You can also create a backup of one device’s settings, data, wallpaper, and Home screen layout and restore it to other devices.

While the tool is a bit too small for the large enterprise user, it is a good start for those small companies or the schools that are looking to control their iOS devices and maintain some sort of  consistency among the devices.  Being able to maintain such control is also great for classrooms that use the iPad as a primary reading and activity tool.  If Apple raises the number of devices one can control with the tool to say, 50, then the usefulness becomes even greater for schools that have more than 30 students in them.

For large enterprises, the number of required devices is in the thousands or even tens of thousands, making such control out of reach.  Many enterprises still forbid iOS devices on their networks and in order for them to change this, there is going to have to be some type of tool for them as well.  While Apple is a bit gun shy at the thought of the large enterprises due to the lack of success with the XServe and other enterprise level items they have had over the years, this is a great first step on the part in gaining a foothold in the large enterprise environments and hopefully we will see more of this type of utility.

You can get more information about the Apple Configurator and its usage on the Apple enterprise page at:

http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/enterprise/

You can download the latest version of the Apple Configurator from the iTunes App Store at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

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