The End of Generating Apple IDs

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janeitzey

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It took Apple long enough, but we may finally be rid of this horrendous process. It was nice talking to you folks and reading your posts, but I'm glad to be done with this mess. Hopefully, DEP and MDM will be enough.

http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/06/ipad-education-program-2/

In iPad one-to-one environments, schools are seeing more engaged students, better attendance, and higher test results. You can see this happening in districts and schools like Prince George’s County, and Essa Academy.

We understand that some schools are not able to give every student an iPad and are sharing devices across classes and students. We want to make learning with a shared iPad a great experience for these students as well as their teachers and administrators. We are already at work on significant changes to App distribution, Apple ID, and Apple Deployment Programs that we are planning to deliver next year to make using iPad in the classroom even better.

To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier. Today, Apple IDs are required in order to deliver apps and books to students. We are working to change this in the fall by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. As currently planned, this will greatly reduce the number of steps needed to setup a device.

This change should eliminate the need to create generic Apple IDs solely for the purposes of getting content onto iPad. Schools will also have the option to prevent students from making personal purchases without approval.

We realize the complexity of obtaining parental consent for Apple ID for students under 13 can be a challenge, especially in large districts. We are working to change the Apple ID for Students program in 2016 – during the upcoming school year. With these planned changes schools will have the ability to create and manage Apple IDs on behalf of students that can be configured to access iCloud. It will also allow system administrators to reset student passwords. And, the new approach will still meet COPPA requirements.

We are improving the Apple Deployment Programs by unifying individual services into one program, simplifying the administrator experience. This will make it far easier to enroll, manage, and support a large deployment—and reduce many of the steps schools have to go through to get setup.

Today iPad is engaging students in their learning in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Alongside inspiring leaders, innovative teachers and engaged communities, we believe iPad is the best device for any student, grade and level. We will work to make it easy to get iPads into the hands of all students and teachers. The feedback we receive helps guide what we need to do to get there.

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Aaron Freimark

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Enterprise too?

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The current requirement for Apple IDs on institutionally-owned, supervised, shared devices adds great additional cost but no additional value to iOS purchases. So this is great news, if it proves authentic.

Since the letter addresses only education, it isn't clear if or when this change will be rolled out to enterprise. VPP came to schools a year before it was available to businesses, for example. But businesses increasingly face all the same issues that schools have struggled with for years. If Apple wants to accelerate the adoption of iPads in businesses, they would be wise to remove Apple IDs as soon as possible.

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Aaron Freimark, Enterprise iOS founder & GroundControl CEO

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janeitzey

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General use labs in K-12 is

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General use labs in K-12 is probably the target here. I'm sure enterprise has the same kinds of situations as we do, so we can only hope they are rolling it out for all instances of general use, organization owned devices.

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This is GREAT news for K-12

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This is GREAT news for K-12 but my understanding this this is still a rumor that Apple has not publicly approved or acknowledged. We are a mid size k-12 with about 3500 Student 1-1 iOS devices and we have not received any public confirmation from Apple on this other than the above post from 9to5 Mac. This is frustrating to us here as a K-12 as we are making plans now for U13 accounts for next school year and introducing this to incoming 5th grade parents (we are 1-1 in 6-12) as a requirement for them to fill out and obtain for their child. We need to know very soon if this is a real concept to be supported by Apple or just rumor. I have a fear this this new non Apple ID requirement program is going to be like DEP and VPP last year where we will not have a true working program until 3 months into school year. I say this as we had a horrid experience with U13 and the new VPP program last yeas as did many of you. Basically we could not push paid apps to our 1-1 units due to huge issues Apple had with VPPv2 (I am convinced VPPv2 was basically in beta working with mutiple MDM products until about November and I am sure many of you experienced the same....) and then the internal U13 and regular Apple ID issues we experienced just about killed our entire 1-1 iPad program. Note at Apple - Parents do NOT get this Apple ID requirement and many have no clue nor interest even after many information meetings and handouts we distributed. We do NOT want a repeat of that again and I hope Apple gets this info out publicly with full procedures to K-12's soon.

John Humphrey
Apple Support Specialist
Huntington County Community Schools
Huntington IN

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betolley

Joined: Oct 16, 2014

I wonder if this will require

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I wonder if this will require DEP for it to work? I have several hundred iPads that were purchased before we starting purchasing directly from Apple. I have to setup with Configurator and enroll into Profile Manager.

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HCCSC John H

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DEP and Apple ID are two

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DEP and Apple ID are two competently separate things Smile ..That said if you purchased the other iPads outside of Apple K-12 direct there is a high possibility that they are not able to put into your DEP program....

John Humphrey
Apple Support Specialist
Huntington County Community Schools
Huntington IN

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betolley

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Followup

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I am actually wondering how the part that said "Schools will also have the option to prevent students from making personal purchases without approval." will be implemented. Will it be in IOS 9 or in the MDM or something they do on the backend? I hoped that DEP was not a requirement for this to work.

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HCCSC John H

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Good point....I imagine that

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Good point....I imagine that will be an iOS 9 feature plus a policy that will be available to MDMs...

John Humphrey
Apple Support Specialist
Huntington County Community Schools
Huntington IN

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betolley

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iPads

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We have iPad 2 mostly. So that will probably be something we can't utilize.

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marksteve952

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ipad device

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iPad and other similar devices are best to engage students in education. Event planner app is one the best example which is useful for event management.

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janeitzey

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iOS 9 will allow for app

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