1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 23, 2012 7:46 PM by Ashish of Boston
LCU Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am new to the Apple world so I am hoping you can help.  I have purchased a dozen iPads for our executive team as well as board of directors.  Ideally I want to prelaod all the apps they need to have and then hand them out and then they can add apps as they see fit.  My concern from what I have already seen is that once the end user connects it to their own PC to install personal apps/music/videos/, the original apps that I installed are removed from the device.

1) What is the proper/best way to preload needed apps before deploying to users so that the apps stay on the devices and users can add additional apps?

2) Should I preload software or just give them a list of needed apps and instructions on downloading themselves?


iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi
  • Ashish of Boston Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    You should not preload applications.

    Applications purchases are tied to an iTunes id. So when it comes time to upgrade the person will need to know the iTunes id/password.

     

    Instead you recommend apps to people. Each user should create their own iTunes id and purchase apps using that.

     

    If you deploy a MDM solution like MobileIron, etc,  you can use the volume purchase program (VPP) and assign tokens to users. This way they don't have to charge the app purchase to their credit card.

     

    MDM info

    http://images.apple.com/iphone/business/docs/iOS_MDM_Mar12.pdf

     

    VPP info

    http://www.apple.com/business/vpp/

     

    I would highly recommend you invest in an MDM solution as it will help you in the long run.

     

    Hope this helps,

    Ashish