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 the Device Enrollment Program to automate MDM enrollment as well as the Volume Purchase Program 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.
New Restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests (Supervised only)
• Allow password sharing (Supervised only)
• Allow password autofill (Supervised only)
• Force automatic date and time (Supervised only)
• Allow USB restricted mode (Supervised only)
• Allow managed Contacts accounts to write to unmanaged accounts
• Allow unmanaged Contacts accounts to read managed accounts
• Disable eSIM (Supervised only)
New Mail and Exchange payload settings
• Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME signing
• Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME signing certificate
• Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME encryption
• Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME encryption certificate
New Exchange payload settings
• Use OAuth for authentication
New Notifications payload settings
• Allow grouped notifications
• Specify whether an app is allowed to send critical alerts
• Show in CarPlay
New Setup Assistant pane Device Enrollment skip options
iMessage & FaceTime, Screen Time and Keep Your Device Up to Date
Add Cellular Plan
• Allow software update installation for non-admin users
New Restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests (supervised only)
Ratings and Reviews
Perhaps Apple’s worst application
This may be the poster child for how bad things have gotten with Apple’s software quality.
Try using this software for the most simple possible thing: Moving icons around on your fully-updated iPhone’s home screen. That’s a function that used to be in iTunes, but got removed because Reasons.
Selecting the option to modify the home screen will, after a pause, bring up a sort-of, kind-of view of your apps in a dialog sheet.
But the icons will be small; small enough to be hard to see—on a 27” Retina iMac. And the bottom row will be cut off. The font will be odd. You won’t see your iPhone wallpaper, either. There will be four app icons floating at the bottom of the sheet; after a moment, you’ll realize those are the Dock icons. The UI doesn’t make this clear.
Now try resizing the sheet. (After all, you want to see if you can make those tiny icons bigger.)
All but the first row of app icons will disappear, the Spinning Wheel of Death starts, and the application locks up until you force-quit it. Because you resized a dialog sheet.
(Should this even BE a modal interaction?)
This application is more mid-‘90s Microsoft than Apple. It’s an embarrasment. That it’s at version 2.6.1 and still this rough and buggy speaks volumes about how Apple’s software engineers are spread too thin and vital projects are not receiving badly-needed attention.
Works just fine
I see a lot of negative comments here … but I honestly believe that the reason is because people just don’t understand the program and its purpose. It is NOT like Configurator 1 … so if you’re expecting a fancier version of Configurator 1 then you’re going to be confused. The logic and workflow of Configurator 2 is not the same … so take a little time to wrap your head around it.
If you have a strong sense of logic you will appreciate this program. I use it all the time without issue. We have six hundred iPads at this school district, and each one is supervised and managed initially with Apple Configurator 2 and then remotely with Meraki MDM.
Also, I see negative comments that just don’t make sense … I think that some people don’t understand what it means to “supervise” a device.
So, in other words, the average user probably will not understand how and why to use this … but if you work in an IT Department for a school or business and manage multiple devices then this program works just fine. And it’s free….
Gets the job done
I see a trend of folks who rate with one star. These reviews are more whining about the app and the real reason is they don’t understand how to use it, don’t want to read the documentation, so blame it on Apple.
This app is just meant to preset settings that you would normally touch and set up yourself on the device.
Most of the one star ratings are due to unreasonable expectations. The app does what its supposed to and gets the job done for being a free app. If you are trying to use a “free” app for Enterprise use, I would reset expectations.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.