iPad Layered Model more manageable with iOS 6


With the release of  iOS 6 Apple no longer required the use of a pass­word for the pur­chase of free apps from the App Store and more impor­tantly for your insti­tu­tion, for the updat­ing of apps.

Why is this so important?

In an ear­lier post I described three model of iPad deployment/ownership: indi­vid­ual, blended  and an insti­tu­tional model.  These three mod­els each pro­vided their own ben­e­fits and draw­backs, but one of the biggest issues with each of these mod­els was deal­ing with the AppleID used for each.

In our mod­els of deploy­ment for any 1:1 device indi­vid­ual own­er­ship of the device is a hall­mark of our pro­gram, how­ever this becomes more dif­fi­cult in an iOS deployment.

The indi­vid­ual model relies on a person’s own AppleID (issues with COPPA would be an issue for younger stu­dents), the blended and insti­tu­tional mod­els requires access to a school owned AppleID which would present a prob­lem with updat­ing or adding apps.

This is one of the biggest ben­e­fits that came with iOS 6.

Not only do you no longer need a pass­word to install free App Store apps you can update exist­ing apps, even those installed with a dif­fer­ent AppleID, with­out a password.

Pre­vi­ously, in the blended and insti­tu­tional mod­els updat­ing the installed apps would have required the user to know the pass­word to the insti­tu­tional account or a visit to the tech cen­ter and/or return­ing the device to a tech­ni­cian for them to enter the pass­word and update the device.  Now this can be han­dled by the end-user on their own.

Why this is impor­tant and what this means for insti­tu­tions is that they can now keep their apps if you want to also give your users the abil­ity to install their own apps… as we do in our device own­er­ship model.

An insti­tu­tion can now pre-configure and install iOS devices with apps under and insti­tu­tional AppleID and dis­trib­ute them to fac­ulty and stu­dents and allow them to change the device’s AppleID to their own.  They can then install their own apps and link it to other AppleID based ser­vices.  When they leave the insti­tu­tion and return the device they are not tak­ing the insti­tu­tions pur­chased apps with them.

Apps are no longer a dis­pos­able item in your bud­get and you are given more free­dom in your dis­tri­b­u­tion options.



About William Stites

Currently the Director of Technology for Montclair Kimberley Academy, "Blogger in Chief" for edSocialMedia.com, husband and father to two crazy kids who make me smile everyday.
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