Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-02-23

This week I was travelling to London for MacAD.UK. So maybe I missed some interesting links. If I did, please let me know and I will include the link next week.

MacAD.UK was great. I had a great time meeting many people, some I already knew and some I had only met virtually so far. Great presentations, hope to see you all again next year!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-02-16

There was some news this week about Apple refocusing the next major OS updates on bug fixing. Will this be (High) Sierra’s Snow Leopard?

Getting ready for my MacAD.UK presentation next week. Looking forward to meeting some of you there!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-02-09

No really big news this week. But many Mac Admins took time to write quite a few interestings articles and how tos. Thank you!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-02-02

This week was a bit quieter and given the news from the last few weeks, that is probably a good thing. Quite a few very interesting and useful articles, though.

Ed Marczak has put together a great site with information for the ‘new’ Mac Admin: Mac Admin Info

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-26

Another update week! macOS 10.13.3 and iOS 11.2.5 dropped along with the usual other updates. Security Updates for Sierra and El Capitan bring Meltdown fixes and (maybe) APFS support for Sierra.

The end of one beta cycle is the begin of the next. macOS 10.13.4 and iOS 11.3 started in beta. Apple seems so proud of this update that they put up an iOS 11.3 preview. Also an announcement that the macOS Server application will be severely reduced in functionality in a future release.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-19

New Office! New remote control solution for Macs! New ‘Apple at Work’ pages!

Lots of new and interesting things this week to read up and keep up with.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-12

Things have quieted down a bit after the Meltdown and Spectre turmoil last week. Apple has pushed updates for iOS, High Sierra, and Safari for older macOS versions.

There also was another macOS password bug, but this one is more specific and less dramatic than the #iamroot bug was.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-01-05

Happy New Year, everyone!

For those who follow the Gregorian way of counting trips around the sun, anyway.

2018 is certainly not starting slowly. We got a good look at Secure Boot in the iMac Pro thanks to Tim Perfitt. And then we got two major security problems, endearingly called ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-12-22

Happy Holidays!

We made it! This is the last news summary for 2017. Presumably, much of the industry will take a break over the holidays and new year’s. Either way, I will and I hope you can, too.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2017-12-15

Apple certainly had a lot more stuff to deliver before the holiday break. This week we got an update for the Airport base stations, a(nother) minor bug fix for iOS 11 (fixing a HomeKit security hole) and, finally, the iMac Pro.

The iMac Pro is of course the new flagship Mac, outshining even the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, at least for a while. While the price is definitely daunting, remember the “normal,” non-Pro iMacs are still around and you can still buy a decent retina screen iMac starting at around $1500. (I refuse to consider any Mac without an SSD do be “decent.”)

Interestingly for admins, the iMac Pro, comes with the predicted Secure Boot. There is a UI to disable it, though how you manage that setting is yet to be determined. Also, you can “restore” an iMac Pro over a Thunderbolt 3 cable with Apple Configurator 2.6. This is presumably to fix a broken firmware for the T2 processor, which controls (among other things) the Secure Boot process. There will be more interesting discoveries when MacAdmins will actually get their hands on these.

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