updated 06:05 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2012
Limited to updating 30 devices at once
Apple has published Configurator, a new Mac app designed for deploying iOS devices in organizations. Three workflows cover distribution, supervision, and assigning devices. In the first category people can, for instance, push the newest versions of iOS to a group, apply a single backup to multiple devices, or link hardware to a device management platform.
Some supervision functions include custom groups, syncing apps, and restricting sync with other computers. When assigning devices an administrator can add users manually, or rely on Open Directory or Active Directory. Custom text, wallpaper, or user images can be pushed to devices, as can documents, which are managed through Configurator.
The app is a free download. Macs, however, must be running OS X 10.7.2 or later, and when configuring devices, only 30 can be handled at a time.