Apple Configurator 2 makes it easy to deploy iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV devices in your school or business. Use Apple Configurator 2 to quickly configure large numbers of devices connected to your Mac via USB with the settings, apps, and data you specify for your students, employees, or customers. Rebuilt from the ground up, Apple Configurator 2 features a flexible, device-centric design that enables you to configure one or dozens of devices quickly and easily. Simply select a single device or many at once and perform an action. With Apple Configurator 2, you're able to update software, install apps and configuration profiles, rename and change wallpaper on devices, export device information and documents, and much more. You can also inspect any device to see details like serial number and hardware addresses, which apps and profiles are installed, and its console log. Apple Configurator 2 integrates with device enrollment and purchasing in Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager to seamlessly distribute apps from the App Store. The all-new Prepare assistant makes it easy to supervise and configure a cart of iPads for the classroom or quickly enroll a large number of devices in your MDM server for ongoing management. The built-in configuration profile editor supports creating and editing profiles with the latest iOS settings. If you’re configuring devices in an environment where consistency is critical, Blueprints allow you to create a custom configuration for your devices that can be applied with one click. A Blueprint is a template device to which you add configuration profiles and apps and perform actions, just like you would to a connected physical device. Fully automate Apple Configurator 2 and integrate its capabilities into your existing device management workflows using the included command-line tool, AppleScript scripting library, or Automator Actions. Support for iCloud Drive enables you to keep your configuration profiles and other settings consistent across multiple Configurator stations.
The people have spoken and this app absolutely stinks.
I updated to Catalina specifically to run this Configurator 2 app, but it refuses to do anything except beachball or refuse to save/duplicate/move or even quit. I guess all the developers are doin the far more important work of creating new emojis.
...and still no solution. It's like they made this difficult on purpose. Save yourself the trouble and bring your junk to the apple store so their brainiacs can fix it. This is not worth it
Trying to use this app to add iPads to Apple School Manager. 4 hours later I have completed one iPad. Error after error after error after error. Then I was finally successful with that first iPad and I moved on to the second iPad, and once again it's nothing but error after error after error after error. Hours and hours of wasted time. All because Apple was too lazy to add the devices, purchased from an Apple Store to the Apple School Manager account.
The new toolbar in Big Sur is so weird. I have to turn on the labels since there is no color anymore and that makes the icons even smaller. This new UI isn't user friend with people with glasses/bifocals. *Sigh*
Don't be fooled. This is not Apple's version of an MDM. It's a tool to use on a few iPads to assist in some light configuration. DO NOT PLAN TO USE THIS TO MANAGE OVER 10 iOS DEVICES. You'll be asking to build a house with nothing more than a hammer. Find a good inexpensive MDM like Mosyle or the like. Use this if needed to troubleshoot or automate the use of such an MDM. One wish is that when error messages come up. It would be helpful if they were more descriptive.
I downloaded this just to reorder and reorganize my iPhone home screens (there really should be a way to do this efficiently on the iPhone), and this software is completely buggy and horrible. Literally does not work, and now my home screens are all screwed up. Thanks Apple.
Not sure about the negative reviews. I downloaded this to organize and arrange my apps and it was extremely easy. I definitely was worried based on the other reviews but it honestly was simple. Perhaps the new ios14 or Big Sur is what fixed the problems? I'm running both. Anyhow I recommend this if you hate the process of rearranging apps on yoru phone.
I'm not trying to be mean but Apple has seriously dropped the ball on this one. I fight it constantly and it takes forever to do the simplest things. You have to force quit it for almost everything. I have worked with this from several devices and different locations and the story is always the same. Useless. It even hangs on exporting device information. How much simpler can you get? We are switching to JAMF next year and I can't wait. This is down right embarrassing for Apple. I've spent hours with tech support too. They can never figure out their own stuff either. I have to go force quit it right now as it got stuck again on restoring an iPad. With all that said when it used to work (2015) it wasn't that bad but now just don't even try it. Really, don't try it.... Run away.
For some reason we used to see all of our iPads by port number in our powersync carts. Since the last update its all gone. We can no longer sort by port number at all and they don't even appear. This takes a lot of functionality out of this app for me.