Later this year, Apple will discontinue Fleetsmith, its mobile device management (MDM) solution for administrators who need to manage fleets of Apple devices.

The company announced the decision in a supporting document, in which it states that effective April 21, 2022, it has halted new enrollments at Fleetsmith. Existing Fleetsmith customers can continue to use the service until October 21, 2022.

After this date, customers will no longer be able to connect to the service and devices will no longer receive configuration profiles from the Fleetsmith server.

The nature of MDM is that it allows customers to securely and wirelessly configure devices, whether owned by the user or their organization, and Fleetsmith allows users to oversee a fleet of Apple products, managing automatically apps, settings, and security preferences while implementing IT and security best practices.

Apple acquired the enterprise security software in June 2020, and many Apple devices have a built-in framework that supports mobile device management.

To help customers migrate from Fleetsmith to other MDM solutions before it’s discontinued, Apple has provided support materials for choosing an MDM solution and planning your MDM migration.

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