Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-07

WWDC! And what a firework it is this year!

We got new previews of all of Apple’s operating systems, including a new, stand-alone, more powerful iPadOS. We got a look at the new Mac Pro with a high-end new 6K display. We got Marzipan… er Project Catalyst. And we got a quick peak at a new Swift-native user interface framework.

There were tons of interesting pieces for MacAdmins already. Apple is switching the default shell to zsh, will stop bundling scripting frameworks with the system, has released new management documentation, is moving to a read-only system partition, and more… And there will be more today when ‘What’s new in Managing Apple Devices’ is presented.

It will take weeks and months to sort through all the changes. Make sure to subscribe to the developer program for the earliest betas, AppleSeed for IT (ask your Apple representative), or the public beta, so you can start testing early and often! And keep reading this news summary, so you know what to look out for.

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WWDC and macOS 10.15 Catalina

Apple Newsroom

Apple Preview Pages

Release Notes

More Notes

MacAdmin reactions and posts

On Scripting OS X

  • Moving to zsh
  • If you are using the Exit Code prompt setup from my post last week: co-worker Mattias found an embarrassing error that may have resulted in all exit codes being a happy green checkmark. The code in the post is now fixed (only the last line changed). On the other hand I will be posting how to do that with zsh soon.
  • After finishing the first ‘Scripting macOS’ class at Pro Academy last week, we have new dates on October 23 and 24 for the next class here in our training rooms in Amsterdam. I will be busy updating the class for macOS Catalina. There will also be a ‘Supporting macOS’ class on September 18 and 19. If you are interested, then please contact us through the form on the website. You can also use the contact form if you are interested but the dates do not fit your schedule. We will consider your preferences for further scheduling.

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Michael Palermiti: “Pssst. Hey, I’ve got some exciting news for our enterprise customers… Shared Mailbox support is now in TestFlight for @Outlook for iOS! We need your help to try it out and give us feedback. And before anyone asks, yes, Android support is not far behind!”
  • Nick Takayama: “Shouldn’t it be called the WWDC Beer Zsh Now?”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun


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