Apple has released Configurator, a free tool designed to help organizations configure and deploy large numbers of iPads and iPhones. It’s available for free at the Mac App Store.

Apple says Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhones, iPod touches and iPads in a school, business or institution. Up to 30 devices at a time can be configured.

“Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator,” says Apple. “It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users.”