macOS Installation Book – Update!

When I published my new book on “macOS Installation” I was very aware of the fact that I was trying to capture a moving target. The good thing about digital books is that they are software and, as such, can be easily updated.

Today, I pushed the first update to “macOS Installation” to include some extra information from the last few weeks.

I am somewhat surprised that neither of the two 10.13 updates since the book was released or the news about macOS Mojave (10.14) at WWDC has led to major changes.

Even the release of the 2018 MacBook Pro last week confirmed our expectations rather than surprising them. Nevertheless, the updates and other new information have added up to the point where I thought it was time for an update. I have listed the changes here. You can also find the list of changes (with links to the relevant sections within the book) in the ’Version History) section of the book itself.

  • Updated Secure Boot sections to include the 2018 MacBook Pro
  • Added a few notes on Recovery and Content Caching changes with 10.13.5
  • Restructured and re-wrote the first section of Chapter 5. It is now two sections with some new figures.
  • Older macOS Versions: added a link to El Capitan download
  • APFS: replaced mentions of ‘Flash’ drives with ‘solid-state storage (SSD)’, added a note of Apple’s APFS plans in macOS Mojave
  • corrected the description of non-removable MDM profiles in ‘Avoiding DEP’

Most of the changes are in anything related to Secure Boot (because of the new MacBook Pro). I also re-wrote and clarified the first section of Chapter 5, the ‘Strange New World’ section and added a few new figures to visualize the workflows better. (You can sample read the original version.)

If you have bought the book, the update is free and you should be notified about it in the iBooks app. If you have not purchased the book yet, you can get in the iBooks Store!

Thank you!

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