VPP Device App Assignment

What is Device app assignment?
For schools, VPP allows educational institutions to purchase licenses of applications for iOS and macOS based applications in the App Store. This works on one of two premises. Managed Distribution allows the school to purchase licenses for applications and those get assigned to users based on Apple IDs. What is great about this is the school always retains ownership of the license. If your school has any program where they assign a text book to a student or in reading units rotate a class-set of books around you are already familiar with this approach. This method of deployment requires either a personal Apple ID linked via Managed Distribution to your Institutional VPP account, or an Apple ID specific for your organization.

With iOS 9 change is coming to the Managed Distribution model so Apple IDs for user accounts will no longer be needed to assign applications via VPP. Instead, apps are tied to the device and no Apple ID is required for the installation.

The requirements:

  • iOS 9 (or higher);
  • Supervised devices, with either DEP or Apple Configurator.

The benefits:

  • No invitation process;
  • No Apple ID required on the device;
  • Installation and updates are controlled by Jamf School.

Good to know:

  • The app(s) do not appear in the user’s purchase history in the App Store;
  • You need to buy a license for each device you are handing out the app(s) to;
  • Jamf School will fall back to Apple ID Assignment if device assignment is not possible (eg. not supervised and/or not running iOS 9 or higher);
  • Not all apps support Device Assignment. You can recognize apps which support it by the “Device Assignable” text in the app list.
  • If Device Assignment is not supported by apps then there is no other option than to to make Apple ID’s to assign those apps.
  • If you want to save the Data from iWorks apps to iCloud Drive this is possible by enabling iCloud in your personal AppleID and selecting this as a location in the iWorks apps.
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