New Apple tool helps configure, manage iPhones and iPads

On the same day it released, with much fanfare, the new version of the iPad, Apple also quietly released a new tool designed to allow organizations to manage large deployments of iPhones and iPads.

The free tool, Apple Configurator, showed up on iTunes and, Apple says, “makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution.”


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Configurator lets admins set and maintain standard configurations on the devices, install apps and data, and update up to 30 devices at a time, reported The Next Web, which first came across the app.

It “can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator,” Apple said.

The company, which has been making a strong push for using iPads in schools, seems to be touting Configurator mostly for use in educational settings. But it also could be used by government agencies, which have been adopting Apple’s mobile devices in increasing numbers.

Agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Department have adopted policies for allowing iPhones, iPads and Android devices in its enterprise, and the Air Force just signed a contract to buy up to 18,000 iPads to replace paper flight manuals and navigation charts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently said it would be switching from BlackBerry devices to iPhones and iPads.

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