Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-26

Another Update Week. Apple released iOS 12.4 and macOS 10.14.6. There were also security updates (2019–004) for Sierra and High Sierra, which were then removed because apparently they coould cause kernel panics on wake.

Also interesting: Apple has provided updates for some older iOS hardware. iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 will make sure the “GPS”GPS, date, and time continue to work properly.” Some of the affected devices were last sold in 2012 or 2013, so that is quite an effort by Apple to support older hardware.

Note: Due to work travel and vacation time, there will be no newsletter for the next three weeks. I will return in late August with a long news summary. Hope you get to enjoy your summer as well!

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This is the 100th email newsletter!

The news summary actually started a bit earlier as a weekly post on the weblog. I added the email newsletter later. This is the 111th or, according to Tolkien, eleventy-first news summary, but I’ll take either cause to celebrate. Also, I missed celebrating the 100th summary blog post, the 500th and 600th subscriber, and the two-year anniversary (both of the summary and the email newsletter). At least I didn’t miss this milestone.

Back in 2017, when I started the news summary, we were all working on Sierra and iOS 10, UAMDM and APFS were still in the future, the MacAdmins podcast was on episode 31, the infamous “Mac Pro press meeting” was recent news, and the MacAdmins Slack was just about to reach 10K users.

An average summary has 38 entries, so I have sent out close to 4000 links, posts, and articles.

I want to thank all you readers for, well, reading the summary, whether it is on the website or in the email. Also, for the many kind words I have received. Sometimes posting on the web feels like shouting into a void and you never know if any one is listening. Any feedback is great. Positive feedback is just wonderful.

I am not trying to solicit praise, but want to encourage you all to send a note to one of the many MacAdmin authors whose links appear in this newsletter.

Also, thanks to all of you who have recommended the news summary to someone else and helped spread the word around. Please keep doing that!

Most of all I want to thank, again, all the MacAdmins out there who share their experience and knowledge with all of us in the Slack, on Twitter and other social media, in open source projects, at conference workshops and presentations, and, most of all, with blog posts. The MacAdmins community is something special. It demonstrates a unique culture of openness, sharing and “being in this together.” I am so proud and honored to be a small part of it.

On to the next hundred!

#! On Scripting OS X

If I ever announce an eight-part series on my website again, somebody please intervene. The next and last post will show some issues you may encounter when you move your scripts from bash to zsh and how to solve them.

Even when this series is (finally) complete. I am sure there will be more articles about zsh over the next months, there is still a lot to discover and learn.

I will be giving a half-day ‘Moving to zsh’ class in Amsterdam on September 6. We will cover the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of zsh and show lots of practical examples how using zsh will improve your Terminal productivity. More info and sign-up on the Pro Warehouse webpage.

📰News and Opinion

🏜macOS 10.14.6 Mojave and iOS 12.4 Updates

🏝macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13 beta

🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • John C. Welch: “Good job by the MS Edge for Mac folks on making it a part of the MS Autoupdater mechanism so quickly. Now if the Teams folks could get on board…”
  • Patrick Fergus: “.@AppleSupport HT210216 mentions using wired data transfers for migrating between two Lightning iOS devices. What wired migration cabling setups are supported with USB-C+Lightning and USB-C+USB-C device combinations?” (HT210216)
  • Eric Boyd: “For those of you testing all the Apple things, this is an important resource: Profiles and Logs – Bug Reporting – Apple Developer

## 🐞Bugs and Security

🔨Support and HowTos

🤖Scripting and Automation

🍏Apple Support

♻️Updates and Releases

📺To Watch

🎧To Listen

## 🎈Just for Fun

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