Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-12-09

Even though Apple did not release macOS 13.1 and iOS 16.2 this week, we did get release candidates for all the platforms. That means a release next week is very probable.


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Even so, Apple already published a press release describing new privacy and security features of the new updates. Users will be able to enable end-to-end encryption on more information that Apple devices store in iCloud, use physical security keys as an extra authentication factor for Apple IDs, and get warnings when a contact in iMessage might be compromised. The details on the ‘Advanced Data Protection for iCloud’ were Apple worth a new section in the updated Apple Platform Security guide.

With the release of 13.1, the special treatment of macOS 13 updates for managed Macs is likely to end, as well. You might see 13.1 as an update (rather than a full upgrade) on Macs running 12.3 through 12.6. We won’t know for sure until the update is released, but you still have a few days to get devices on 12.6.1.

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