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You're prompted to download a whole bunch of core (?) apps when you first visit the App Store. Why not just include these on the devices?
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Matt AckeretMatt Ackeret, Software Engineer
I don't know, but I presume so that they are associated with your AppleID.  If they were pre-installed, then they wouldn't be associated with that AppleID, so you couldn't then update them later...  This is all a guess.