WWDC is looming! We got a bit more detail on the schedule for the first day (June 22). over the following week, Apple will release recorded sessions each day at 10am Pacific Time. Talk about an ‘info dump!’ There will also be ‘1–1 Developer labs’ which you can sign up for and new Developer forums (fora?) which go online June 18.
The rumors are running hot with Mark Gurman all but confirming the ARM transition for Macs to happen over the next year, and a new iMac design.
Apple has also announced the demise of iBooks Author and iTunes U. Neither comes as a great surprise, since both have been very much abandoned with only minimal updates over the last few years.
Don’t be concerned about the future of my books. I had already switched to Pages for ‘Moving to zsh’ and the next book I am working on. Once Apple offers the import function, I will move and update the older books to Pages as well. Even so, the existing books in the Apple Books Store will remain there to be bought and read, even after iBooks Author has ‘expired.’
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News and Opinion
- Silence is Complicity – Tom Bridge
- Taking a stand — Command-Control-Power
- Tim Cook: “The unfinished work of racial justice and equality call us all to account. Things must change, and Apple’s committed to being a force for that change. Today, I’m proud to announce Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, with a $100 million commitment.” (Video, Transcript on iMore)
MacAdmins 2020 Campfire Sessions
These are the slides and notes for yesterday’s session. The recorded videos of my and William Smith’s session ‘An Introduction to regex’ will be made available soon.
Last week’s sessions’ recordings are now available:
- Things I Learned from the Autopkg Maintainers – Anthony Reimer, MacAdmins 2020 Campfire Session
- Introduction to MDM and Configuration Profiles – Rich Trouton, MacAdmins 2020 Campfire Sessions
You can still register for the upcoming sessions. You can see the schedule here.
- Getting ready for WWDC 2020 Part I – Keep your fleet up to date – Harald Monihart (LinkedIn)
- Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Mac Chips at WWDC – Mark Gurman, Bloomberg
- Rumor: Redesigned iMac to be announced at WWDC with thin bezels, AMD Navi GPUs and T2 chip – Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac
- Educated Guesses on Software Transitioning to MacOS on ARM – Gus Mueller
- Apple reveals lineup for its biggest-ever Worldwide Developers Conference – Apple
macOS Catalina 10.15 and iOS 13 Updates
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Mr. Macintosh: “WWDC20 only 2 weeks away! I will be reporting again live with a new 10.16 Need to Know Changes Article. The page will be a perfect bookmark for all the latest info.” (Thread)
- Seamus Johnson on LinkedIn: “Happy 18th Birthday Jamf!” (read post for more)
Bugs and Security
- Analysis of Apple Unified Logs: Quarantine Edition (Entry 11) – AirDropping Some Knowledge — mac4n6.com
Support and HowTos
- Mad, bad and possibly dangerous – a cautionary tale of software installation – Rich Trouton
- Automated Device Enrollment settings affect Setup Assistant beyond enrollment – Graham Pugh
- How to create Managed Apple ID accounts – Darren Wallace dataJAR
- Undocumented options in the startosinstall command – Graham Pugh
- AddTrust Root CA Expiry and macOS – Aaron David Polley
- Beware! iCloud Backups Deleted after 180 Days – Adam Engst, TidBITS
- Manage Chrome Browser updates with Jamf Pro (macOS) – Google Chrome Enterprise Help (via William Smith)
Scripting and Automation
- Doing Some Cleaning – Tony Williams
- Deleting all Jamf Pro policies in a specified category – Rich Trouton
- Platypus Applications and Scripting – Tom Bridge
- Script to make Jamf Self Service policy install a Munki optional install – Alan Siu
- New Resources Available for Password Manager Apps – Apple Developer
- Transition from iBooks Author to Pages
- iTunes U – June 2020 Update (spoiler: iTunes will be discontinued end of 2021)
- How to file great bug reports – Apple Developer
Updates and Releases
- Going Virtual – Mac Admins Podcast
- Securely working from home (WFH) with John Donovan and Adam Kujawa – Lock and Code, Malwarebytes Labs
- Does your business need a podcast? – Apple @ Work Podcast, 9to5Mac
- Makin’ A Ruckus — Command-Control-Power
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