Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-11-19

Even though it is mid-November and the US Thanksgiving week is looming next week, we got a lot of great posts and articles in the news summary.

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We are finding out about some interesting Monterey features and bugs, Apple announced self service repair, new security threats, lots of automation, and MacAdmins are (re-)discovering JavaScript for Automation (including myself).

If that wasn’t enough to try to keep up with, Jamf dropped all the JNUC 2021 session on to YouTube! Many of these sessions are very informative, even when you don’t use a Jamf product. If you want to catch up on different conferences, or schedule your conference participation for 2022, I have updated my conferences page with all the known dates and links to each conference’s session archive.

macOS 12.1 and iOS 15.2 went into the third round of betas. We also got iOS 15.1.1 (and siblings).

To all US American readers: Happy Thanksgiving!

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News and Opinion

macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • cdros: “ICYMI Mac Evaluation Utility 4: Now available for IT teams on AppleSeed for IT
  • Tom Bridge: “This kind of software is infuriating. it’s unethical as an IT Admin to install on your users machines. If you get asked to install it, you should quit instead.” (Link)
  • Kyle Crawford: “I mean more generally I’d like a batteries-included scripting language built-in like python or ruby. I didn’t expect it would be JavaScript.”
  • Jason Anthony Guy: “Apple developers… did you know that Feedback Assistant is available on non-beta systems? Hidden, but accessible. Read the “Installing the App” section on the Apple Bug Reporting page to learn how to get to it. Bonus! Access it via applefeedback://
  • Daniel Jalkut: “I have been using zsh and scp for a long time, but my mind was moderately blown this evening when I realized I could tab-complete REMOTE filenames. Try it: scp whoever@wherever:<tab> (Have to have a ssh key relationship with the server, obviously)”

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen


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