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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