Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-09-16

The first of several major Apple OS releases this Fall were iOS 16 and watchOS 9, which were released this week, together with the new tvOS and HomePod software, as well as the new iPhones 14, iPhones 14 Pro, and Apple Watches.


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There is much to like in the new the new iOS 16 and watchOS 9, even for MacAdmins. But the most promising new technologies, such as the improved Declarative Device Management and Managed Device Attestation will take a while to be adopted by the management systems and admins. But I see some really useful applications for deployment with those.

Even though the release of macOS Ventura 13.0 will not be until “October,” we did get updates for macOS Big Sur 11.7, macOS Monterey 12.6, iOS and iPadOS 15.7. (Guess who accidentally upgraded their phone to 15.7 first…) No security update for macOS Catalina, which is not surprising as Apple “retires” updates for major macOS versions after two years. Catalina was the last macOS to use the ’10’ version number that was with us since the early Mac OS X public betas.

The versioning of Big Sur is interesting, as Apple decided this particular security update deserves ‘11.7’ rather than ‘11.6.9,’ even though the build number still starts with ’20G’. I am not complaining, this versioning is a welcome improvement over the previous list of security updates with a year and a number.

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News and Opinion

macOS Ventura and iOS 16

iOS 16

Note: according to the Security Updates page there seems to an iOS 16.0.1 update which is also mentioned in this support article. It might be for only for the iPhone 14 generation and seems to fix an issue where Messages and FaceTime don’t recognize the phone number.

watchOS 9, tvOS 16 and HomePod

Xcode and Swift

Articles

macOS and iOS Updates

macOS Monterey 12.6 and macOS Big Sur 11.7

iOS and iPadOS 15.7

Safari 16

Articles

Social Media

  • William Smith: “We’ve been excited to share this for a while and it’s finally here Jamf customers can now upgrade their own Standard Jamf Cloud instances ahead of scheduled upgrades by signing in to account.jamf.com, choosing Products > Pro and clicking Upgrade.”
  • William Smith: “For Microsoft Office for Mac customers: Version 16.67 releases in mid-November. It will support macOS Ventura 13.0, but more importantly it will end support for macOS Catalina 10.15 and receive no further updates.”
  • mikeymikey: “I don’t see people talking about/knowing about this command much on macOS: security verify-cert -v https://URLGOESHERE The security manpage has some great extra detail about the verb” (Thread for more detail)

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Listen

Support

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