Apple Configurator for Mac

Apple Configurator for Mac

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  • Total Downloads:
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    Not available
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  • Operating Systems:
    Mac/OS X 10.10

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Readying or updating more than one Apple device at a time can be a time-consuming and frustrating task. Apple Configurator makes the process easier and automates many tasks, allowing multiple iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices to be loaded with a standard configuration with a minimum of fuss. Documents, data files, and new apps can all be pushed out to users' devices with a single configuration update.

Apple Configurator installs easily, but it does take a bit of time to learn how to use it properly. Fortunately there's a lot of information available on the Apple support site. There's a considerable number of features inside Apple Configurator. While you can create and deploy a standard software load to connected devices, you can also create custom loads for specific users, down to dictating which documents and applications get installed on which devices. You can prepare updates to apps and iOS changes and push them out quickly, too. Integration with Active Directory and Open Directory add to the power of Apple Configurator. The software does have its limitations, though, and there's a few gotchas along the way. In testing a push to 25 iPads, we had the software crash twice but at different places, for no apparent reason, then on the third time it worked flawlessly. For applications, you can't use iTunes anymore, and have to rely on the Volume Purchasing Plan to license apps on each device.

There are many mobile device management solutions on the market, and most are expensive and complex. Apple Configurator provides a simple alternative that will suit some situations without the complexity and high cost per device the commercial MDM products carry. However, the Apple Configurator does have its limitations, and for larger enterprises, it may not be suitable. For smaller businesses and schools, though, Apple Configurator can be a useful tool.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7
  • Improvements to iTunes Store authentication
  • Devices are erased before restoring a backup
  • Support for new configuration profile payloads and settings introduced in iOS 8
  • Content Filter: Plug-in filter type
  • Domains
  • Email & Exchange: Per-message S/MIME encryption switch
  • Restrictions: Allow Handoff, Allow iCloud sync for managed apps, Allow backup of enterprise books, Allow notes and highlights sync for enterprise books
  • Restrictions (supervised only): Allow Erase all Contents and Settings, Allow configuring restrictions, Allow Internet results in Spotlight
  • VPN: Check Point Mobile VPN and IKEv2 connection types and Always-on VPN
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site
Release Date October 16, 2014
Date Added October 16, 2014
Version 1.7
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Network Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name id434433123
Total Downloads 1,817
Downloads Last Week 30
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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