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
- Mac App Store and investing engineering time – Kaleidoscope Blog
- Google reportedly won’t make another Pixelbook laptop – K. Bell, Engadget
- Is a Promotion Right For Me? – Paf Lefkowitz, JumpCloud
macOS Ventura and iOS 16
- About iOS 16 Updates
- iOS 16 is compatible with these devices
- What’s new for enterprise in iOS 16
- Security content of iOS 16
- iOS 16 Developer Release Notes
- iOS User Guide – What’s new in 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
- About watchOS 9 Updates
- watchOS Developer Release Notes
- watch OS User Guide – What’s new in Apple Watch and watchOS 9
- About Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD software updates
- About Software Updates for HomePod
Xcode and Swift
- Swift 5.7 Released – Swift.org
- Xcode 14 Release Notes (Mac App Store or Developer Downloads)
- Apple Developer App 10.1.2 (you can now resize the video in the window by dragging the bottom edge, via Serenity Caldwell)
- macOS Ventura Beta 7 (22A5342f) – Mr Macintosh
- How to Use ‘Safety Check’ and ‘Lockdown Mode’ in iOS 16 – Lily Hay Newman, Wired
- iOS 16 Includes Smart Card Reader Support – Tim Perfitt, Twocanoes Software
- Why Ventura’s Stage Manager is so important – Howard Oakley
- iOS 16: The MacStories Review – Federico Viticci, MacStories
- iOS 16: All the Things I Didn’t Like – Federico Viticci, MacStories
- watchOS 9: The MacStories Review – Alex Guyot, MacStories
- What OS 16 Brings for Commercial Organizations – Sean Smith, Jamf Blog
- Why Passkeys are so important, and how you can use them now – Howard Oakley
macOS and iOS Updates
macOS Monterey 12.6 and macOS Big Sur 11.7
- What’s new in the updates for macOS Monterey
- Security content of macOS Monterey 12.6
- Security content of macOS Big Sur 11.7
iOS and iPadOS 15.7
- macOS Monterey 12.6 Update (21G115) What’s New? – Mr Macintosh
- macOS Big Sur 11.7 (20G817) Update! What’s New? – Mr Macintosh
- Apple has released Monterey and Big Sur security updates – Howard Oakley
- 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://URLGOESHEREThe security manpage has some great extra detail about the verb” (Thread for more detail)
Security and Privacy
Support and HowTos
- macOS Safari Full Installer Database – Mr Macintosh
- Managed Apple IDs: Right for Your Business? Jonathan Locast, Jamf Blog
- Microsoft Defender and tamper protection – Rich Trouton
- Jamf Pro 10.41.0 and SSL verification alerts – Rich Trouton
Scripting and Automation
- How to use Jamf Pro API with Apple’s Swift: Mac Admin Command Line Tools – Armin Briegel, Jamf Blog
- Microsoft Defender tamper protection status detection for Jamf Pro – Rich Trouton
- Setup Your Mac via swiftDialog (1.2.7) – Dan K. Snelson
- If you have an issue with Messages or FaceTime after setting up your new iPhone
- Use Low Power Mode on your Apple Watch
- Change how your iPhone keyboard sounds or vibrates when you’re typing (you should at least try turning on the haptics for typing)
- About Lockdown Mode (via Pepijn Bruienne)
Updates and Releases
- Robin Lauren and Human Centered Security – Mac Admins Podcast
- Remote distributed workflows for video editing with Seth Goldin – MacDevOpsYVR
- macOS Threat Detection with Matt Benyo – Jamf After Dark
- Best Of CCP – 082: Interview with Charles Edge of Krypted.com — Command-Control-Power
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