New iPhones! New Apple Watch! Even a new entry level iPad! The Apple iPhone event delivered mostly within expectations. I am not going to link all the detailed posts, you can go to Apple’s Newsroom for the official details.
We got release dates for iOS 13 (Sep 19), iOS 13.1 (Sep 30), iPadOS (Sep 30, unclear if this is iPadOS 13.0 or 13.1, but likely the latter) and macOS 10.15 Catalina (a vague ‘October’). (Check this MacStories post with all the dates, including hardware and services.)
So, there are a few extra weeks this year to test and prepare for the next macOS upgrade. It’ll be a busy fall either way. Make the most of it: Test, prepare, file bugs and feedback!
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News and Opinion
macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13
- Apple Announces Release Dates for OS Updates, New iPhones, and Apple Watch – John Voorhees, MacStories (summary of all release dates, including the (known) OS upgrades, I will be referencing this a lot over the next few weeks)
- How to tell if an app will run in Catalina – Howard Oakley
- Some of Our Favorite Features of macOS 10.15 Catalina – Sam Valencia, HCS Technology Group
- When Should You Upgrade to macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13? – Sam Valencia, HCS Technology Group
- What’s New in macOS Catalina 10.15 Beta 8 (19A558d) – Mr. Macintosh
- What’s new in iOS 13.1 Beta 3 (17A5837a) – Mr. Macintosh
- What’s New in Xcode 11 GM (Gold Master) (11A419c) – Mr. Macintosh
- Introducing Extensible Enterprise SSO – Apple Developer Tech Talks
- Authenticating Through Web Views – Apple Developer Documentation (via Pepijn Bruienne)
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Eric Holtam: “Notice: Do not try and restore BridgeOS on a machine running a beta OS with Configurator 2. Configurator doesn’t allow backward updates to previous BridgeOS versions and ”bricks“ the machine. ‘AMRestoreErrorDomain error 79 – backwards update not allowed: 17P50541b -> 16PXXX)’ ”
- William Smith: “UltraThin Updates take 2: For tomorrow’s Microsoft Office for Mac update, Microsoft AutoUpdate will use UltraThin updates to move 16.28 > 16.29. Should be around 176 MB to update all of Office.”
Bugs and Security
Support and HowTos
- Manipulating the System Policy Database with Configuration Profiles, Part 2 – Tom Bridge
- macOS Notarization, Hardware-Backed Code Signing Keys, and Sparkle Code Signing Issues – James Barclay, Duo Security
- FileVault 2 Target Disk Mode Unlock Using the Personal Recovery Key – Mr Macintosh
- How to Restore BridgeOS on a T2 Mac. How to put a Mac into DFU Mode – Mr. Macintosh
- Don’t try reverting a T2 to older firmware – Howard Oakley
Updates and Releases
- Free Disney+ pilot launches in the Netherlands, here’s what it’s like – Thomas Ricker, The Verge (Just to make everyone jealous…)
- Protecting Privacy with MATH (Collab with the Census) – Minute Physics, YouTube (relevant, since Apple does a lot with differential privacy)
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