Apple has announced an event next week September 15, 10am PDT. They have seeded many people in the press and on social media with the information that there will be no iPhones at this event. Expectations are for a new watch and iPad Air.
A new watch will likely require watchOS 7, which will require iOS 14, so the Apple systems upgrade season will start soon after this event. If previous years can be used to extrapolate (not at all certain this year) the iOS system upgrades could be available Friday, September 18 or September 25.
I am not concerned at all about no iPhones or Macs at this event. These will probably be remote, pre-recorded events like they did at WWDC. Apple can easily do multiple of these events until well into October, giving every product full attention.
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News and Opinion
macOS 11 Big Sur and iOS 14
- When Should You Upgrade to macOS 11 Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14? – HCS Technology Group
macOS Catalina 10.15 and iOS 13 Updates
- macOS Catalina 10.15.6 (19G2531) (new supplemental update beta)
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Arek Dreyer: “On your Mac, you can Option-Click the Notification Center icon to toggle Do Not Disturb.”
- Arek Dreyer: “A bunch of Apple Reference and User Guide pages now have a ”Search the user guide” field, nice!”
- Nathaniel Strauss: “Still true in Big Sur beta 6. Apple privacy/security team won a stupid fight… and everyone else lost. PPPC is needlessly confusing for most people. Schools won’t use Big Sur for at least 4–6 months after release. What a mess.” (More info from Michael Tsai)
- Corey Quinn: “Myth: Companies are accelerating their cloud migrations due to COVID19. Fact: Companies are suddenly making better decisions since their executives aren’t being exposed to enterprise software ads in airports.”
Bugs and Security
- What I Found Out When I Blocked Apps from Tracking My iPhone for One Week – Rob Sturgeon, Storius Magazine
- Beware iCloud Phishing Phone Calls! – HCS Technology Group
- Coming Out of Your Shell: From Shlayer to ZShlayer – Phil Stokes, SentinelOne
Support and HowTos
- Cocoa: implement a privileged Helper – Alexis Bridoux
- Did You Know You Can Close a Mac Laptop When It Has an External Display? – HCS Technology Group
- Advice for Successful Online Schooling – HCS Technology Group
- Deploying Nessus Tenable – Mark Lamont
- A first look at the vctl utility in VMware Fusion – Cormac Hogan
- Terminal command to tell if a macOS directory is SIP-protected – Alan Siu
Scripting and Automation
Updates and Releases
- Security Updates with Patrick Wardle – Mac Admins Podcast
- Postlab, Drive & New Workflows Hedge’s Paul & Jasper – MacDevOpsYVR
- Playing The Hits — Command-Control-Power
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