iPad Apps

You can now buy iPad apps and iBooks with a purchase order through Apple’s new VPP Credit program.

Apple are on a roll this week. Following on from the announcements of improved iPad management, and Apple ID for Students, today Apple has announced that schools will soon be able to buy iPad apps and iBooks with a purchase order.

A majority of schools still require the use of purchase orders to make purchases. As a result many schools found buying iPad apps through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program extremely difficult, often resorting to buying iTunes gift cards to buy content.

The new change will allow school schools to buy “VPP Credit” through either an Apple purchasing account or through an Apple Authorised Reseller which will then be applied to their account.

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This is yet another acknowledgement that Apple finally understands the difficulties managing iPads in schools.


About Author

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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.


  1. Hi Karl,

    How does this work with supervised iPads? I purchased a book but unfortunately I could not deploy this to the end user as they dont have an apple id on their devices. We are using the school / institutional approach to manage these devices.

    have you got any ideas on this?



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      Hi Mubs,

      Good to hear from you again.

      I believe, although I haven’t been able to test it myself yet, that you can spend VPP credit in the Apple VPP store to generate app and ibook codes for Apple Configurator.

      Does this help?


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