Apple Updates iOS Management Tools for Education

SNAPPLE: TechCrunch reports that Apple has made substantial upgrades that should make deploying large-scale iOS devices and apps a whole lot easier. New features include a "zero touch" setup that allows admins to manage devices remotely and lock user profiles to specific devices. (Remember when LA students "hacked" their iPads by deleting their student profiles?) Updates to the Volume Purchase Program now allow customers to buy devices using purchase orders. In addition, Apple now allows students under 13 to get their own Apple IDs after schools request and obtain permission from parents.

These are small steps in the right direction, says a systems engineer at Pequea Valley School District, who left this comment: "This is an improvement, but they still haven't addressed the biggest headache--actually installing apps."

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