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5 things you need to know about Apple's Volume Purchase Program

Matt Kapko | Aug. 7, 2015
Apple hopes to bolster its position in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market in September with its new iOS 9 software, which packs key features and overdue enhancements for IT administrators. Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP), a specialized App Store and service that lets businesses purchase software licenses in bulk and then distribute apps to multiple users, will soon give admins more options to install, update and remove business apps.

What are the new VPP features or enhancements in iOS 9?

When iOS 9 is released next month, VPP members will be able to assign apps to specific devices instead of employees. "When you're assigning to a device, that eliminates that requirement to have an Apple ID," says Johnson.

However, VPP members that want to use this new distribution model will need to ensure all the devices within their organizations (including those owned by employees) are updated to the latest version of iOS, and their MDM providers also need to update for the new software, according to Johnson.


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