Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-12-04

Many interesting posts this week that go in depth on Big Sur and Apple silicon topics.

We also got an announcement that you can new “rent” an Apple Mac mini from Amazon EC2. While this seems to be a fairly expensive choice, it should enable some really interesting solutions. When you need a less expensive solution for this, remember there is MacStadium.

We also got new betas for iOS 14.3 (and siblings) as well as macOS 11.1.

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News and Opinion

Apple Silicon M1 Macs

macOS 11 Big Sur

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Tim Perfitt: “So I have two 2020 MacBooks Airs, one intel and one M1. Trying to find a consistent way to install Big Sur on them. it has proven to be surprisingly difficult for both of them for different reasons.”
  • Jason Broccardo: “Pro Tip: If Do Not Disturb is enabled on Big Sur, the Menu Bar clock is dimmed. If you’d rather not drive yourself nuts trying to figure out why the clock is dimmed, turn off DND”
  • Wil Shipley: “Dear Apple security team: Please explain what we should tell our customers when they want to revert to a Time Machine backup for a sandboxed shoebox app.” (Thread)

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen


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