Apple will be making some notable changes to its iPad in education program for the upcoming school year. That’s according to a new report from MacRumors.
Most importantly, schools will be able to distribute apps to tablets without needing an Apple ID. School teachers and administrators can also block students from making personal app purchases if warranted.
Here’s more from an email obtained by the site:
“To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier. Today, Apple IDs are required in order to deliver apps and books to students. We are working to change this in the fall by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. As currently planned, this will greatly reduce the number of steps needed to setup a device. This change should eliminate the need to create generic Apple IDs solely for the purposes of getting content onto iPad. Schools will also have the option to prevent students from making personal purchases without approval.”
A number of changes will also be taking place for the Apple ID for students program as well. Along with administrators being able to reset student passwords, schools will be able to both create and manage IDs that can be used with iCloud.
Some of Apple’s deployment programs will be unified to make it easier for large school districts to support the tablets in the classroom.
Apple’s iPad has been a definitive hit in the education market. And with tablet sales declining overall, these new features could also help Apple sell more tablets to districts that haven’t already jumped on the iPad bandwagon.
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