Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-11-20

This summary isn’t quite as big as last week’s, but very close.

This week many people got their hands on the first Macs with Apple silicon M1 chips. The reviews and benchmarks are in and it looks as if Apple wasn’t over promising. Many software vendors are shipping updates for Big Sur and Universal app support. This is definitely an interesting and busy time.

Whether your organisation can dive head-first into Big Sur and Apple silicon deployment or you have to (or want to) hold back for a while, there will be articles in here to help you.

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💻Apple Silicon M1 Macs

🌅macOS 11 Big Sur

⚙️macOS and iOS Updates

🐦MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Laura Rösler: “Every fifth Mac is on Big Sur. After 5 days (including initial crash of Apple services, weekend and issues with macOS 11 Internet Recovery) we’re up to more than 5800 Macs with macOS 11.”
  • macshome: “Remember that if you don’t have installer packages that declare arm64 support then the Installer will trigger the Rosetta 2 install as well. Even if the contents are universal.”
  • Rich Trouton: “Need the model numbers for the new Apple Silicon Macs? Mac Mini: Macmini9,1 MacBook Pro: MacBookPro17,1 MacBook Air: MacBookAir10,1 Developer Transition Kit: ADP3,2”
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “‘If upgrading from macOS Sierra or later, macOS Big Sur requires 35.5GB of available storage to upgrade. If upgrading from an earlier release, macOS Big Sur requires up to 44.5GB of available storage.’ Nearly 1/3 of a 120 GB SSD. “

🐞Bugs and Security

🔨Support and HowTos

🍏Apple Support

♻️Updates and Releases

🎧To Listen

🎈Just for Fun

📚 Support

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