Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023–09–08

The news summary is back! And right in time for the Apple event next week (Tuesday, Sep 12, 10am PDT)! This is a big heavy summary to catch up on the last eight weeks. If you believe I missed something, let me know and I will add it next week.

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We got macOS 13.5 and iOS 16.6 right at the beginning of the break and a few security updates since then. The macOS Sonoma beta is on the seventh incarnation, iOS 17 and watchOS on the eighth, and, oddly, tvOS is on the ninth.

But aside from the betas and looming system releases, there were many updates for popular MacAdmins tools and software. I myself used the break to write up a few tutorials that have been rattling around in my head for a while.

We have three more big MacAdmin conferences this year: Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) in Austin, Texas, USA, Sep 19–21, MacSysAdmin in Göteborg, Sweden, Oct 3–6 and Objective-by-the-Sea 6.0, in Spain, Oct 9–13.

This year, I will be presenting at MacSysAdmin in Göteborg! I have the closing session on Friday, and will be talking about “MacAdmin Tools” so do not leave early. If you are there, too, be sure to say ‘Hi!’ and you will be rewarded with with some Scripting OS X stickers.

Eight weeks of summer hiatus was a long time. There were several scheduling requirements that lead to the long break this year. I plan to organize this differently next year.

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News and Opinion

macOS Sonoma and iOS 17

macOS and iOS Updates

Social Media

  • Aaron on X: “New in macOS Sonoma: You can now use one Mac to revive or restore another Mac that’s in DFU mode right from Finder. Previously you needed to install Apple Configurator to do this but now it’s built in! Accidentally stumbled upon this while playing around with some stuff.”

Security and Privacy

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen

Just for Fun


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