iOS 7 provides powerful new ways to configure and deploy devices across institutions, and features to help schools purchase, distribute and manage apps with ease. App Store licence management, seamless enrolment in mobile device management (MDM) and single sign on are just some of the capabilities in iOS 7 that make it ideal for education.
App Store licence management.
The App Store Volume Purchase Program now offers institutions the ability to assign apps to users while keeping full ownership and control over app licences. Institutions purchase app licences through the VPP website, and can use their MDM solution to assign apps to students and faculty and staff members over the air. Students can enrol with their personal Apple ID without providing it to their institution, and apps are placed in their purchase history for self-service download, or are installed automatically via MDM. Apps can be revoked at any time and reassigned to other students. In addition to iOS apps, VPP now also supports the purchase of Mac apps and even books, so students can be provided all the tools they need to get their work done.
New MDM options.
The MDM protocol in iOS 7 includes a number of new commands, queries and configuration options that make third-party MDM solutions even more powerful. Wirelessly set up managed apps, control which accounts and apps can open certain documents, configure accessibility options and AirPrint printers, and restrict changes to accounts. Teachers can remotely lock or unlock iOS devices into a specific app, such as an assessment app, ensuring that all students are working on the same activity at the same time.
Single sign on.
Authenticating into your institution’s apps is now as simple as doing it once. Single sign on (SSO) means user credentials can be used across apps. Each new app configured with SSO is able to verify the user is allowed access to institutional resources, and log in without requiring them to enter their password again.
AirDrop allows users to transfer photos, videos or documents between iOS devices, making it easy for teachers and students to collaborate. Users just tap the Share icon within an app and select the person they want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Transfers are encrypted, so all their work is highly secure.
Enhancements for Apple TV.
New management options aren’t just for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Now Apple TV can also be enrolled in MDM, allowing configuration of settings like Wi-Fi and default language. iOS devices can be pre-configured with AirPlay destinations using configuration profiles. And MDM can prompt a student to mirror their screen on a specific Apple TV, so teachers can easily put their work on the big screen.
Caching Server 2 supports iOS 7.
Caching Server 2 speeds up the download and delivery of content through the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store. By caching purchased content on an institution’s OS X Mavericks Server, your students and faculty members get faster downloads of all their content, including software updates, directly to their iOS 7 devices.