Emails and web pages don’t really have weight, but the news summaries in the weeks with macOS and iOS updates always feel heavier. Lots of links for the macOS Montery 12.2, iOS 15.3 and related updates.
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In addition to the release updates, Apple also published the first beta for macOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4 It looks like these will be the “Spring” updates from Apple, which means they will have more changes and new features than a “normal” update. Aside from some things we have been waiting for since WWDC (Universal Control! New Emojis!), macOS 12.3 will remove Python 2.7.
We’ve been warned about this since the macOS Catalina beta release two-and-a-half years ago. I have written about this before. More than once. Quite a lot, actually. I warned about this at MacSysAdmin in 2018. I am not looking for credit for prescience here. This was not a hard prediction to make.
It is also not a hard prediction, that several installers and tools will still not be prepared and break on macOS 12.3. Start testing now.
Way back then, I wrote a script that will expand pkgs and check the shebangs of the installation scripts. You can use that to search for installers that might break with macOS 12.3. Or, now that we have the beta you can just start testing your deployment workflows there and see what breaks.
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News and Opinion
- The Last 7 Years on My Mac: an anniversary – Howard Oakley (Howard’s posts are often linked here for a very good reason. His insights and writing are always worth it. Thank you!)
- Apple Reports First Quarter Results – Apple
macOS Monterey 12 and iOS 15
macOS 12.2 and iOS 15.3
macOS Monterey 12.2
- What’s new in the updates for macOS Monterey
- What’s new for enterprise in macOS Monterey
- About the security content of macOS Monterey 12.2
- About the security content of macOS Monterey 12.1
- About the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.6.3
- About the security content of Security Update 2022-001 Catalina
- Download Security Update 2021-008 (Catalina)
- macOS Release Notes – Apple Developer Documentation
iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3
- About iOS 15 Updates
- What’s new for enterprise in iOS 15
- About iPadOS 15 Updates
- What’s new for enterprise in iPadOS 15
- About the security content of iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3
- iOS & iPadOS Release Notes – Apple Developer Documentation
- About watchOS 8 Updates
- About the security content of watchOS 8.4
- watchOS Release Notes – Apple Developer Documentation
- About Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD software updates
- What’s new in tvOS 15 for Apple TV
- About the security content of tvOS 15.3
- tvOS Release Notes – Apple Developer Documentation
- Personal Safety User Guide
- Content types supported by content caching in macOS (updated)
- Use MDM to enable Remote Management in macOS (updated)
- Mac accessibility shortcuts (updated)
- macOS Monterey 12.2 Update (21D49) What’s New? – Mr. Macintosh
- What has changed in Monterey 12.2? – Howard Oakley
- macOS Big Sur 11.6.3 Update (20G415) What’s New? – Mr. Macintosh
- Apple has released Monterey 12.2, Big Sur 11.6.3 and Catalina SU updates – Howard Oakley
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Paul Haddad: “I just downloaded the print application for my label maker. It’s a DMG with an App inside that prompts for an EULA and ends up displaying a button to download the app from the App Store…. Feels like a few steps could be skipped.”
- Dana Sibera: “Some of the iconic Apple names didn’t last all that long. Apple used ‘Quadra’ from October 91 to October 95 – suiting the name, a span of 4 years. Just 4 years. ‘Performa’ lasted from September 92 to Jan 1997, 4 years 9 months.” (Fun Thread)
Security and Privacy
- Analyzing OSX.DazzleSpy – Objective-See
- New macOS malware ‘DazzleSpy’ detected and protected against – Jamf Blog
- Successor to ‘Shrootless’ Bug Attacks Mac SIP Feature – Andrew Orr, The Mac Observer
- Apple patches another actively used zero-day – Pieter Arntz, Malwarebytes Labs
Support and HowTos
- 23rd January 2022: 90 Days is Up – Mat Griffin
- Configure MunkiReport groups with a Munki NoPkg – Kevin M. Cox
- Cleanup options added to MAUCacheAdmin – Kevin M. Cox
- How to Deploy ESET with JAMF Pro – HCS Technology Group
- Easily Enable Passwordless Auth with Okta and Kandji on macOS – Adam Matthews, EUCSE Blog
- How To Use Production Data Securely in Software Development – Kolide
- Quickly Add a Language for the Enrolment Page in Jamf Pro – Guillaume Gète.
- Set Slack’s default sign-in workspace with a configuration profile – Kevin M. Cox
- macOS Version Naming Conventions – n8felton’s Quiet Corner of the Internet
- Control the CUPS web interface with a Munki NoPkg – Kevin M. Cox
Scripting and Automation
- Setting An Apple Silicon Recovery Lock Password Through the Jamf API – Rebecca Latimer
- Shortcuts, AppleScript, Terminal: Working around automation roadblocks – Jason Snell
- Random shell (zsh) history stuff – CLI Notes
Updates and Releases
- Dialog 1.9.0
- Nudge 220.127.116.11280
- Dropbox support for macOS 12.3 – Dropbox Help
- Inside the new Files On-Demand Experience on macOS – Microsoft Tech Community
- Microsoft Teams support coming to AutoUpdate in March – Kevin M. Cox
- Kory Prince on MicroMDM – Mac Admins Podcast
- Looking at an exciting 2022 for Mac admins – Apple @ Work Podcast, 9to5Mac
Just for Fun
- MacBook Pro 14 & 16-inch Schematic Wallpapers – Basic Apple Guy
- First Look: New Emojis in iOS 15.4 – Emojipedia
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