The Spring Loaded Apple Event delivered: we got a new podcast app with subscriptions, a purple iPhone, AirTags (for when we all can go out and lose things again), new Apple silicon iMacs, and a new iPad Pro. And the M1 Mac mini silently got a new option for 10GigE.
The new iMac comes in seven colors, very reminiscent of the colored G3 iMacs. It’s specs mostly match the current M1 Macs, with a few differences. The low-end model has only two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. The higher model has two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, two USB-c ports, and an Ethernet port in the power brick.
Overall, I consider this a promising update for the iMac. But now that Apple has transitioned all the entry level Macs, I am very curious to see how the ‘Pro’ Macs will transition and am looking forward to WWDC.
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📰News and Opinion
- Mac App Store review folly – Jeff Johnson
- Kandji Raises $60 Million Series B to Drive the Future of Apple Enterprise Management – Kandji Blog
🍏Spring Loaded Event
- The New 2021 24″ M1 iMac. Everything you need to know! – Mr. Macintosh
- Notes on the M1 iMac – Jason Snell, Six Colors
- New Siri Remote Doesn’t Have U1 Chip and Won’t Work With Find My – Juli Clover, MacRumors (This is an astounding omission.)
- What to do if you find an AirTag or get an alert that an AirTag is with you – Apple Support
🐦MacAdmins on Twitter
- tlark: “So Apple patched the Apache vuln in a Big Sur security patch, but did not list it in the security docs. Apple has not patched it for previous OSes. I only know about this b/c we collect vuln scan data. Anything older than Apache 2.4.46 is vuln” (Thread)
🔐Security and Privacy
- Backdoored developer tool that stole credentials escaped notice for 3 months – Dan Goodin, Ars Technica
🔨Support and HowTos
- Using the Jamf Pro API to mass-delete obsolete packages and scripts – Rich Trouton
- Deploy Microsoft Office apps on demand with a configuration profile Guilleaume Gète
- Looking at logs in macOS and troubleshooting DNS/VPN issues – Babo D
- IT & Ops Data with Snowflake Part I – T Lark
- Workaround for timeouts when deleting installer packages from Jamf Pro –Rich Trouton
🤖Scripting and Automation
♻️Updates and Releases
- Alcyr Araujo of Mosyle – Mac Admins Podcast
- congratulations to Tom and Emily for the new gigs!
- Interview with Marketcircle CEO, Alykhan Jetha – Makers Of Daylite — Command-Control-Power
- Flashcast 04: Spring Loaded – Mac Admins Podcast
- CI/CD and lil ol’ me – MacDevOpsYVR
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