Apple Launches "Managed Distribution" for App Store Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for Business and Education

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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.

There are new web pages on VPP for both business and education. There is also a VPP Guide for Business and VPP Guide for Education.

We'll have more information coming soon.

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VPP with managed apps in TARMAC

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TARMAC 2.1 already has support for the new VPP program and managed app distribution. If you want to see how it works, our blog has a quick video showing it in action

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MDM providers must be updated

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MDM providers must be updated to work with the new system. Expect announcements over the next days and weeks.

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