Apple has started beta testing a new Business Manager platform, which is slated to debut later this spring.
According to Apple, it’s a simple, web-based portal for IT administrators to deploy iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices all from one place. You can configure device settings, create accounts for all your managers, and buy and distribute apps and books.
If you’re already enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) or the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), you may be able to upgrade your existing programs to Apple Business Manager, bringing together everything needed to deploy iOS devices, Macs, and Apple TVs. Before you enroll in Apple Business Manager, make sure you’re using a supported browser and have the necessary information ready for setting up your account: Safari 9 or later on macOS; Google Chrome 40.0 or later; and Microsoft Edge 13 or later.
The DEP is part of the Apple Deployment Programs (ADP), which helps businesses and educational institutions easily deploy and configure iOS and macOS devices. The VPP is a service that allows organizations that have registered for the Apple VPP to purchase iOS apps in bulk, but not at discounted prices.