We've found that the various Apple app deployment options are often confusing for our customers. We've put together a general guide explaining the four routes that can be taken, providing an explanation of when each program is appropriate to use.
As always, I'm happy to field any questions in the forums here. Thanks!
Just a heads up that it looks like Apple may be using a different service now to load the App Store. I ran into the issue today where the App Store was blocked for all of our students' iPads. I ran a trace on the HTTPS traffic coming from the device when it said it couldn't connect and I found it trying to hit this IP: 18.104.22.168
That IP also resolves to the domain name of:
I hope this helps anyone that may be having issues connecting to the App Store or maybe some can provide us with info on why the App Store seems to want to connect to that IP now.
Apple Launches "Managed Distribution" for App Store Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for Business and Education
Apple tonight updated its app Volume Purchase Program with several long-anticipated and important additions. The updates introduce a new "managed distribution" of apps to iOS 7 devices, allowing assignment and revocation' through Mobile Device Management. Here are the highlights:
- Works with most apps available in the public app store (both paid and free), custom B2B apps created for your organization by 3rd parties, and books from the iBooks store
- Either download the legacy redeemable codes, or use managed distribution to link your MDM server to have reassignable apps
- Managed distribution allows your institution to maintain ownership of the apps. Revoke apps from users when no longer needed, and reassign the licenses to different users.
- Managed distribution requires iOS 7 and a suitable MDM.
- MDM providers must be updated to work with the new system. Expect announcements over the next days and weeks.
- App assignment does not reveal the individual's Apple ID to the institution.
- Assigned apps are installed automatically on supervised devices. Unsupervised devices show a prompt to install.
- Education customers will be able to purchase by Purchase Order "coming later this fall". The rest of us need a credit card.
- Education customers are able to set up multiple administrators. The rest of us use a single login.
- Available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.
- Unused codes and codes redeemed by Apple Configurator may be migrated to managed distribution.
We'll have more information coming soon.
According to a story in 9to5mac.com, the iOS App Store is allowing downloads of older versions of apps if the newer versions would be incompatible. So say you are running the iPod touch 4 and you won't be able to upgrade to iOS 7. Even if your apps are upgraded to iOS 7-only, you'll still be able to download and use the older iOS 6 versions.
Anyway, the picture explains it better than I can.
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