Updating to iOS 7 in Apple Configurator

iOS 7 has been released and I am sure a lot of iPad administrators are looking to get their deployments updated sooner than later. If you are using Apple Configurator to manage your iPads, it is quite easy to get updated.

  1. Make sure you have updated to Apple Configurator 1.4.
  2. Make sure you have updated to Apple Configurator 1.4.
  3. Make sure you have updated to Apple Configurator 1.4.
  4. If you aren't using the Bretford carts, I recommend purchasing this USB hub to speed up the process. Although it supports 12 devices, I recommend upgrading 5-6 at a time (especially for the retina iPad).
  5. In the 'Supervise' screen, change 'Update iOS' to 'When update is available'.
  6. Click 'Refresh' at the bottom of the screen to kick off the process.

As you begin plugging up your iPads, Configurator will begin to update and refresh them. The first batch of a device type will take the longest as it will have to download iOS 7 before it can install it. After the initial batch, it can generally be done in 5 minutes (per batch). After the upgrade is finished, iOS 7 will ask you to set up a passcode on each device. Depending on your deployment, you might either want to let the user handle that, skip it, or setup one yourself.