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WWDC 23 is on and started with an amazing keynote. When they introduce three new Mac models, including the new Apple silicon based Mac Pro in the first 20 minutes, then you know it’s going to be in for quite ride. After 80 minutes, there was a moment where it wasn’t quite certain there was going to be a “One more thing…” and I thought I would have been happy if they had stopped there. New Macs, Apple silicon transition completed, many good new features for macOS, iOS, and watchOS.
But they didn’t stop and introduced the ‘Vision Pro,’ which is neither a ‘VR’ nor a ‘AR headset’, but a ‘spatial computer’ with a ‘spatial operating system.’ Whatever Apple calls it, this was the preview, mainly for the developers and it will not be available until next year and even then only in the US, so I will take my time until I make my judgement about this. This opinion is a step up from my former opinion of any VR/AR/spatial computer from Apple (or anyone), which can only be described as ‘indifferent.’
The potential of the Vision Pro and concept of ‘spatial computing’ seems great. The question whether Apple can achieve that potential remains. The price point and limited availability are clear signs that Apple is aware that this platform is maybe ‘not quite ready yet.’ But other platforms, like the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and back in the day, even the Mac and the first PowerBooks took a few years to really find and define their purpose, too.
Sessions for MacAdmins
Apple has released more than 170 sessions for WWDC. Most of those sessions are focused on developers and not people who manage and deploy Macs and other Apple devices. Here is a list of sessions that I think MacAdmins should watch.
If you haven’t seen either of these, you really should. They give an excellent overview of what Apple thinks is relevant for the upcoming platforms. You might have other priorities, and that is fair, but getting the overview picture and an impression of where Apple is heading is important.
Don’t miss this
Always a great overview of what is will happen for Mac and iOS management. Covers many topics that don’t quite merit their own session.
Business & Education
Apple has a “Business & Education” topic in the developer app. These will be in-depth explanations of some specific new features.
- Explore advances in declarative device management
- Deploy passkeys at work
- Do more with Managed Apple IDs
- Meet device management for Apple Watch (Fri, June 9)
Other interesting sessions
While these sessions will likely be very focused on developer topics, they often contain interesting explanations of how to use and sometimes how to manage these features.
- What’s new in Xcode
- What’s new in web apps
- What’s new in privacy
- Ready, Set, Relay: Protect app traffic with network relays
- Discover Continuity Camera for tvOS
And now, on to the news…
macOS Sonoma and iOS 17
- macOS Sonoma Preview
- iOS 17 Preview
- iPadOS 17 Preview
- watchOS 10 Preview
- WebKit Features in Safari 17 beta – WebKit Blog
- What’s new in Apple platform deployment (Document revision history)
- Apple platform deployment: Accessing the latest version when your locale is neither en-ca or en-us – Ben Toms
- macOS 14 Sonoma support – Howard Oakley
- iOS 17 lets us use Shortcuts to get Wi-Fi information – #WiFi
- macOS Sonoma Full Installer Database – Mr. Macintosh
- WWDC 2023 Links – Michael Tsai
- Apple Makes Developer Betas Free to Download and Install – Juli Clover, MacRumors
- All the features Apple didn’t mention in its WWDC 2023 keynote – Wes Davis, The Verge
- WWDC 2023 notes – Rich Trouton
- macOS 14 Sonoma: Toughening up macOS for the Enterprise? – Phil Stokes, SentinelOne
- Apple WWDC 2023: The Future of Apple Device Management – Kandji Blog
- Platform enhancements to help Apple win the enterprise – Michael Devins, Jamf Blog
- Vision Pro Redux – John C. Welch
- How to run a macOS beta on Apple silicon – Howard Oakley
News and Opinion
- Mac Admins Foundation Announces Recipients of Community and Conference Grant – Tom Bridge, MacAdmins.org
- Being an Ally in the Office – Pam Lefkowitz, Radical Admin Blog, Jumpcloud
- mikeymikey: “
open 'x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.Software-Update-Settings.extension?action=showBetaUpdates'” (Thread)
Security and Privacy
Support and HowTos
- Make Your Presentation Move – Will Smith, Jamf Tech Thoughts
- Moving Munki Middleware to the Cloud – Jacob Burley
Scripting and Automation
- Use more than one version of macOS on a Mac (Not new, but relevant)
Updates and Releases
- Jamf Compliance Editor 1.1.5
- erase-install 29.2
- kmfddm v0.3.0
- Jamf Connect 2.24.0
- swiftDialog v2.2.1
- Mist 0.7
- iMazing 2.17 + Sneak Peek at 3
- MacAD.UK Panel 2023 – Mac Admins Podcast
- Interview With Jason Dettbarn, Founder & CEO of Addigy – Command-Control-Power
- Hey let’s get ready for MacDevOps – MacDevOpsYVR
- Flashcast 11: WWDC 2023 – Mac Admins Podcast
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