Preparing Multiple Clones for beginning of the year Duplication
TIP: Wait until the last possible moment to prepare your clones. Apple OFTEN comes out with a Firmware update mid-summer and sometimes early fall (and when it rains:). Keep your eyes to the internet Mac rumor mill for expected updates. Work on the Master. Once my Master is done I can crank out approximately 100 devices a day per Mothership (Sync Computer). I sync no more than 20 at a time.
Step 1: Start with a Fresh iOS device.
New iOS Devices fresh out of the box.
Formerly used iOS Device:
Photo of Clones being prepared for duplicating
Time Saver Tip: You can Update iOS Firmware and Hard Restore on Machines other than the Mothership, Mac or Windows. They don't even need to be 1 of your 5 authorized iTunes Accounts. I do like to Login to the right account (don't think it matters). I Usually get 4-5 machines going at a time. My Student Pod Squad helpers do 5-6.
From this step on you MUST be on the chosen Mothership
Mothership PrepStep 2: Make sure Apps on Mothership are UPDATED.
Step 3: Sync Master to Mothership and let it Update Apps. Double check it doesn't need a firmware update.
Step 4: Change the last Letter of the Master to the next in the Alphabet. EX: ElemMaster A becomes ElemMaster BCtrl + Click on the Master-> Choose Back-up. When Complete disconnect and store in a safe place. Remember the New Name. NOTE: DO NOT Choose Restore from Back Up (That will wipe out your master and make you cry)
Syncing- Up to 20 at a time. Each device must be restores from the Master individually. The up side is that all you prep work makes it take only 1-2 minutes max per device before you can move to the next one. After all are cloning, be patient. It can take up to 1-2 hours.
Step 5: Connect Sync Station with Freshly Hard-Restored iOS devices. Give a bit of time to sync.
Step 6: Restore from Backup of Master. When asked to Chose a device to Restore From pick the Name of the Master You just backed up.
Note: May have to do a Soft Restore if you had to name a New device to update the Firmware.
Individualizing the iOS Device and setting restrictions
Step 7: Take All Devices Out: Place back in 1 at a time to rename the device.
Step 8: Turn "Installing Apps" Off if a student device or you want to control installation of apps on staff devices also.
TIP: want to get rid of ALL THOSE BACKUPS to choose from?
Step 1: Open iTunes
Step 2: iTunes->Preferences
Step 3: Click the Device Tab. Delete all unwanted backup. (Don't delete the recent Masters...I haven't tested folder blow out)