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HT4623 Is there a way to update iOS devices from a Mac OSX Server?

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kcorkum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 25, 2012 7:10 PM

I'm using a Mac Mini OSX Mountain Lion Server to update multiple MacBooks successfully. I'm wondering if there is a way to update iOS devices (iPhone 4 and iPhone 5) running various versions of iOS?  They are all sharing the same apple id.

iPhone 5, iOS 6
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,745 points)

    If it will run iTunes, yes.

    If it will not run iTunes, no.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,745 points)

    If you are looking to upgrade iOS and the device is on iOS5 or higher, it can be updated directly on the device.

    If you are wanting to upgrade iOS on a device running iOS4 or lower, it requires a physical connection to a computer running iTunes to update.


    Only the connection to iTunes on a computer provides a backup prior to the upgrade as a part of the process.


    A normal sync and backup can be done directly to iCloud of via Wi-Fi to a computer running iTunes if the device is running iOS 5 or higher.  Otherwise, syncing and backing up requires a physical connection to a computer running iTunes.

  • iToaster Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)

    You can use apple Configurator to update iOS only

    You can use it on any machine I does not have to be on the server

    It will download the latest version of iOS for your device and install it over USB

    Saving you having to download each update indervidually on each device

    It does not interfere with users iTunes accounts or users iTunes syncing unless you choose to supervise the devices with it


    Unfortunatlely  profile manager and apple server do not support iOS updates so far

    You can push app updates out via profile manager

    But with ios6 change to unauthenticated App Store updates, users can update apps without needing login and password

    So you 'll have no control over app updates or bandwidth being used by users downloading updates for the same apps


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