Defining Apple Device Management Acronyms

January 24 2015 by


Mobile Device Management (MDM) includes the administration of mobile devices (in Bushel, this is any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac). MDM solutions are third party products (such as Bushel) that have management features for mobile devices (we include the Mac in that definition).


Enterprise mobility management (EMM) includes the people, processes and technology required to manage mobile devices, networks, and services that enable mobile computing.


Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is a program from Apple that allows organizations to link Apple devices to their MDM solutions.


Volume Purchase Program (VPP) is a program from Apple that allows organizations (education organizations and organizations with a DUNS number) to purchase apps on the iOS and Mac App Store using a centrally managed account. Apps are purchased on a credit card and can then be deployed via an MDM solution.


The Apple Push Notification Service (APNs) is a service from Apple that forwards notifications of third party applications to the Apple devices. These include badges, sounds or custom text alerts. MDM commands are sent via APNs.

IP Address

Internet Protocol Address. The address that your device is provided by a network. An internal IP address might be and an external IP address might be

MAC Address

A Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for network communications over a physical network.


Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID) are unique numbers stored and possibly engraved or printed on SIM cards and used to personalize devices.


Internet Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) is a number used by GSM networks to identify devices.


Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) is a number used as an electronic serial number on mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads.


Unique Device Identifier (UDID) is a number unique to all iOS devices. It’s like a serial number but longer!


Global Service Exchange (GSX) is the service provided by Apple to look up warranty information about Apple Devices that are enrolled in an Apple Device Management tool.


Post Office Protocol (POP) is a mail protocol used to download the messages from a mail server. Mail can be left on the server for a finite number of days. An example of a POP server is


Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a mail protocol used to access mail that is stored on a server. For example, in Bushel you might use The difference between IMAP and POP is that IMAP is intended to leave mail on the server and have it synchronize between devices, making IMAP the best protocol to use when you have multiple devices that you’re enrolling in Apple Device Management.


Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is a protocol used to send mail. This includes sending mail from your mail client to a recipient or sending mail between two mail servers. In Apple Device Management you might see an SMTP address if you choose the Other option when setting up your mail. If you use Google to route outgoing mail, this setting might be


Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the address used to access a resource on the Internet. For example, to refer a friend to Bushel, you might use the following URL:

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