Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-07-13

This week started off with the release of the macOS 10.13.6 and iOS 11.4.1 updates – quite unusually posted on a Monday.

Later this week, with another weird scheduling, Apple released new MacBook Pros. The 15“ MacBook Pro can now be configured with a six-core i9, up to 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of SSD. The 13” MacBook Pro can now be configured with a quad-core, but retains the 16Gb max RAM limit. It also includes the T2 system controller which was so far exclusive to the iMac Pro.

The T2 chip is what controls (among other things) the Secure Boot process and controls the booting off external drives. Apple has updated the support articles and it is official:

Mac computers that have the Apple T2 chip don’t support starting up from network volumes.

(Not surprising, but surprisingly clear.)

Now, Apple has upgraded their flagship product to Secure Boot. Even when so far admins could ignore the limitations of the expensive iMac Pro, soon Secure Boot will be everywhere. Installation-based deployment workflows should be already in place or a top priority for every Mac Admin.

Read about the background and the options “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators” (Sample section: Strange New World)

And finally, this newsletter and my website will be going into vacation mode for the next five weeks. That means no newsletters and much fewer blog posts. I hope you all get time to enjoy some summer vacation as well. I will keep gathering interesting links that I find during that time and restart with a summary of the summer time in late August.

See you then!

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  • Ben Markowitz: “BRB, making Harry Potter spells into Siri Shortcuts.… ”
  • Rich Trouton: “When and how do you really know that you built a robust deployment solution? When you essentially stop paying attention to it for a month, while it’s in daily 24–7 use by others, and that’s OK; everything worked fine.”
  • Victor (groob): “Yes, for both commands InstallApplication and InstallEnterpriseApplication no longer appear to have concurrency issues.… ”
  • Victor (groob): “You thought one @micromdm_io was enough? Not a photoshop #macadmins… ”
  • Filippo Valsorda: “For when you want to figure out how to apply some macOS preference from the command line, without Googling for hours for out-of-date defaults commands: $ defaults read | pbcopy # make changes in System Preferences.app $ diff -u -F ’^ ”’ <(pbpaste) <(defaults read)”
  • Graham R Pugh: “I improved my macOS Erase-Install script. Now it can cache macOS installer ready for later use, and it automatically selects the current production version of macOS: https://github.com/grahampugh/erase-install”
  • Ross Derewianko: “Thanks to @zoocoup here’s the macOS builds if it matters to you 10.11.6 + SecUpdate 2018–004 = 15G22010 10.12.6 + SecUpdate 2018–004 = 16G1510 10.13.6 = 17G65”
  • John C. Welch: “if you’re on mojave beta 3 and your script menu scripts silently fail, resave them as apps. Then you get the “authorize” dialog. Bug filed.”
  • Rene Ritchie: “I don’t look at it as buying an app (or song or book or whatever). I look at it as supporting creators who make things I value. If I don’t do that, I risk it becoming unsustainable and not getting the next update or app (or game or movie or whatever.) It’s an investment.… https://t.co/llpRFSZniM”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-07-06

Beta 3 for iOS12 and macOS Mojave have dropped for developers. And Apple is strategically releasing more and more news, like new Maps data.

The first users are getting access to Siri Shortcuts beta on iOS and it looks really promising.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-29

The iOS 12 and macOS Mojave public beta dropped this week. They are the same as the developer beta 2. Have you dared install it on your main Mac and iPhone yet!? (you have a backup, right?)

Erik Berglund’s app Profile Creator is in beta! The feature set is still limited, but I am very excited about this.

Finally, I have added Scripting OS X as a channel to Apple News. You can search for ‘Scripting OS X’ among the channels. (I have not yet figured out how to link to a channel directly.) There are still a few things I need to figure out. For example, Apple News does not seem to like something about the Weekly News posts, so for now it’ll be the ‘article’ posts only.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-22

MacAdmins are gearing up for the summer imaging… er… installation season and we have a bunch of interesting and useful articles to prepare us!

Apple is releasing some of the software they didn’t have time for at WWDC. New Numbers, Pages and Keynote updates dropped last Friday just after I had finished up the last newsletter, and GarageBand 10.3 dropped yesterday. Can we have at least some new Macs next!?

Also, a few new security related posts and remember to catch up with all the WWDC sessions and MacDevOps YVR videos before PSU MacAdmins Conf posts theirs!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-15

Many new posts, regarding macOS Mojave and iOS 12. Usually I do not upgrade my main devices to beta versions, but this time I am sorely tempted.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-08

WWDC week! A peak at all the wonderful new stuff coming to us in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12 and macOS Mojave 10.14.

Also macOS 10.13.5 dropped last Friday, a few hours after I posted the last newsletter. (Already seems so long ago.)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-06-01

My new book ‘macOS Installation for Apple Administrators’ is out!

Go get it, and read it!

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Also this is the ‘WWDC eve’ edition of the newsletter. iOS 11.4 dropped this week, but as of now we are still waiting for macOS 10.13.5.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-05-25

Some interesting releases this week. Otherwise, you can tell that WWDC is approaching as the macOS/iOS wish lists are appearing.

In other news: I finished the first draft my next book “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators” and have sent it out the test-readers (thank you!). I posted an excerpt on my blog last week: macOS Installation: Strange New World

This topic has proven to be very volatile with Apple changing important parts of the workflows in nearly every update to 10.13. I don’t think this new book completely does the topic justice yet. There are many sections where I’d like to add more detail and depth.

However, I also believe it is already very useful in its current form, especially as ‘deployment season’ is approaching for education administrators, more secure boot Macs are likely to be announced at WWDC and the next macOS (10.14 or whatever) is looming on the horizon.

Like my other books, I plan to regularly update this book at least until the macOS 10.14 (or what ever it ill be called) release. When you purchase the book you will get the updates pushed from the iBooks Store for free.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-05-18

BBEdit turned 25 years old this week! Congratulations! (I will have a few thoughts on that later.)

I also posted a sneak peak on my next book: “macOS Installation for Apple Administrators”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2018-05-11

Not so busy this week. I have the impression we are entering the calm before the WWDC storm.

I had already mentioned the 20-year anniversary of the iMac last week. However, I have to add this post by Horace Dediu of Asymco where he posted the best infographics on the topic.

I have added two more conferences to the list. X world in Sydney and MacTech in Los Angeles. I put up this list because there were quite a few announcements and schedules published in the last two weeks. I do not plan to make this a permanent section as the MacAdmins Podcast team already has a great list of events nearly every week.

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