Apple’s macOS Ventura Preview page still states “Coming this October.” The rumors, past experience and practicality point to October 24 as the release date for macOS Ventura 13.0 as well as iPadOS 16.1 and the first round of updates for iOS 16, watchOS 9 and all the others.
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On the other hand, Stage Manager still seems to be quite a mess in both iPadOS and macOS. Also, there was no announcement for an Apple Event on October 18, which you would expect if Apple wanted to announce new iPads Pro and/or a new Mac Pro to go with the iPadOS and macOS releases. Apple could very well release new hardware after the system releases, but it would be unusual.
The Mac Pro is the last Mac which has not transitioned to Apple Silicon yet and the two-year transition timeline, ,promised at WWDC 2020 with the Apple Silicon reveal expires in November, two years after the first M1 MacBooks shipped. The Mac mini, which is currently available as M1 and Intel models, also seems due for an upgrade.
We did get a new round of betas this week, which brings macOS 13 to beta 11. As a MacAdmin, you really should log in to AppleSeed for IT and read the beta notes that Apple makes available there, regarding software update deferral.
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News and Opinion
- Apple Mac ‘notebooks’ become ‘laptops’ in branding change – Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac
- Let’s talk mental health – dataJAR
- What If Apple Made an E-Bike? – Ira Boudway, Bloomberg
- Apple introduces Ask Apple for developers – Apple (No topic for Management and Deployment, yet)
- Mosyle Unifies Apple Device Security and Management for Schools with OneK12 – Business Wire
macOS Ventura and iOS 16
- Preparing for macOS 13 Ventura: Important Information – Pam Lefkowitz and Tom Bridge, JumpCloud
- macOS Ventura Beta 11 (22A5373b) is Live! What’s New? – Mr. Macintosh
macOS and iOS Updates
- William Smith: “As of Tuesday this week, version 16.66 of Microsoft Office for Mac was released and will be the last version to support macOS Catalina 10.15.”
Security and Privacy
- Best Practices for IT Password Security – Molly Murphy, JumpCloud
- NIST 800-63 Password Guidelines – Brenna Lee, JumpCloud
Support and HowTos
- Running Jamf Pro inventory updates at startup time using a Jamf Pro policy – Rich Trouton (Follow-up post with alternative solution)
- Create Randomized Smart Groups for Software Deployment – Steve Wood, Jamf Tech Thoughts
- Jamf Connect and Microsoft MSAL change – Frederick Abeloos
- Building Jamf Pro smart groups for Ventura-compatible and Ventura-incompatible Mac models – Rich Trouton
- Inverse Case Insensitive Multiple Matching for grep – Charles Edge
- Controlling Munki via Workspace ONE and Active Directory – Mike Solin
Scripting and Automation
- Self Service Policy Progress with swiftDialog – Dan K. Snelson
- Request Jamf Pro Filevault Key from Script/”API” – Michael Rieder
Updates and Releases
- Thijs Alkemade on the vulnerability from Black Hat – Mac Admins Podcast
- Thats A Good Number Of Nits — Command-Control-Power
- They’ll have to make a lot more Macs – Apple @ Work Podcast, 9to5Mac
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