Apple on Monday released its new Apple Configurator app for iPhone, which is used to deploy iOS and Mac devices in schools and businesses. With the new iPhone app, it is now possible to configure a Mac not purchased by an organization in Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager.
Apple Configurator isn’t exactly a new app, because it already exists in macOS. However, Apple is now bringing it to the iPhone to provide even more new possibilities for businesses and schools.
Now Mac computers that were not purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller can also be set up in Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager using only the iPhone, so there is no need to ” have another Mac nearby to use the macOS version of Apple Configurator.
This is great news for institutions, as the process can be complicated when it comes to a given Mac. However, it should be noted that only Macs with T2 chip (2018 or later) or Apple Silicon chip (M1 or later) are compatible with Apple Configurator for iPhone.
You can manually add a Mac computer with Apple Silicon or with an Apple T2 Security Chip running macOS 12.0.1 or later to Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager using Apple Configurator on your iPhone, even if the devices were not purchased directly from Apple. or an Apple Authorized Reseller.
Apple Configurator for iPhone was announced at WWDC 2021 as part of improvements to iOS 15 and macOS Monterey for device management. At the time, the company also announced a new MDM protocol called “Declarative MDM” which makes it easier to manage iPads, iPhones, and Macs in enterprise and K-12 environments.