Improve app update process for VPP device-based assignment apps
It appears that an admin must manually force updates for apps distributed using VPP device-based assignment? Some features that would be nice to have: 1) Automatically control app updating via a policy setting; 2) Provide an option to queue the update until device is on wifi; 3) Show the current app version from the app store so it can be compared to current version on the device.
Device-assigned VPP apps can now be set to auto-update from the Apps > Settings section.
AdminSimpleMDM (Admin, SimpleMDM) commented
Unfortunately not. iOS does not allow app updates while SAM (Single App Mode) is enabled. iOS does not provide the necessary hooks for SimpleMDM to automate this process reliably, either. We recommend following a procedure such as the one outlined in this article: https://support.simplemdm.com/knowledgebase/articles/952516-how-do-i-update-an-enterprise-ios-app-while-in-sin
Stas Nikiforov commented
Would this still work if the app is in SAM?
Any progress on this suggestion? I concur with the others....a policy based approach to app updates would be helpful and minimize helpdesk tickets...so we can be proactive vs. reactive...
It would be nice to have the functionality to allow admins to create a set maintenance window for the updates. This would prevent automatic updates during the user's business day.
Brendon Brown commented
I second this. Out-of-date apps result in burdensome requests to IT staff and complaints about MDM.