11 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2013 10:24 AM by Dean@NRSD
designev Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

This week I watched the session from WWDC 2013 on managing mobile devices running iOS 7 without any mention of Apple Configurator. The session video can be found in the WWDC app, downloadable from the App Store.

 

With the move to licensing rather than redemption codes, the heavier reliance on the MDM, and the streamlined enrollment process, it would appear that there is little need for Configurator anymore.. Does anyone know if Apple is migrating away from managing iOS devices with Configurator?

  • 1. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    Dean@NRSD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm also curious to know this?

  • 2. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    Simon Slavin Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    Nobody could answer your question here without violating their Developer NDA.

  • 3. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    nsdjoey Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)

    +1 to what Simon said…remember that currently any information on the WWDC 2013 developer portal website including the videos is under NDA so it can not be discussed here or with anyone that is not a current Apple developer. Keep in mind that iOS 7 is beta and features are subject to change, until release.

  • 4. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    designev Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks for the heads up. I was unaware of this.. I guesst I'll just wait and see what happens. Appreciate the feedback!

  • 5. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    Wengib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's bogus!

  • 6. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    Configurator still clearly has some life left in it since Apple just released a new version. What their long-term plans are I haven't heard. I don't believe they've made any definite statements about it one way or another.

     

    Regards.

  • 7. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    Thank you for that stunning insight. To what, may I ask, are you specifically referring?

  • 8. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    Wengib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't like the standard Apple developer response, " cannot be discussed because it is under development."

    Everyone is sworn to secrecy and the actual user is waiting around with questions. Are we supposed to continue using AC or not? Are their updated with ios 7? Will it be easier or continue to be clunky?

  • 9. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    No, people are telling you that it can't be discussed because it's under nondisclosure. Developers, as is the case with most companies, sign an agreement that they will not discuss anything Apple tells them until Apple makes a public announcement, and that includes things discussed at the WWDC. If you want to be "in the know" on such matters, you need to sign up as a developer yourself. Then you will have access to material and information that Apple has not yet made public.

     

    As to Configurator:

     

    - Apple just released a new version, so yes, I would assume that Apple means us to continue to use it.

     

    - Nothing about iOS 7 that has not been publicly released will be known or can be discussed here.

     

    - No one here knows anything about Apple's future plans for configurator.

     

    Like it or not, that's all anyone can tell you.

     

    Regards.

  • 10. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    Wengib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok thanks!

  • 11. Re: Future of Apple Configurator..?
    Dean@NRSD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Read some of the recent posts with regard to iOS7 used with AC 1.4, and 3rd party MDM profiles and you'll have your answer. AC 1.4 is clearly not ready for release nor should it have been, Apple needs to correct this ASAP! Busineess & education don't have time to waste correcting their mistakes after releasing inferior software especially in organizations having devices in the hundreds or thousands. Come on Apple you can do better then this!