Almost unnoticed in announcing the new iPad, Apple also released on March 7 a new Mac app designed to streamline setting up and configuring iOS devices. It’s a powerful tool for small organizations or small iPhone and iPad deployments, according to one network manager who’s worked extensively with the new software.
The app, from the Mac App Store, is Apple Configurator 1.0. It’s just under 16MB. IT groups can use Configurator instead of a full-blown third-party mobile device management app or Apple’s Profile Manager, which requires OS X Lion Server. Configurator can be loaded on any Mac running the Lion client edition, and requires iTunes 10.6.