Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-04-01

Yesterday morning, I glanced at the list of links so far and thought it’d be a quiet week… And then surprise update week happened!


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Aside from suprise updates, we also got the SixColors Apple in the Enterprise Report Card. Many thanks to Jason Snell for putting this together and to everyone who contributed!

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macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and iOS 15.4.1

macOS Monterey 12.3.1

iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-03-18

Update week! We got macOS 12.3, iOS 15.4 and all the siblings this week. Did you already update? Your users?


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My most anticipated and now favorite feature in these updates is Universal Control. You can tell it still has a few rough edges (despite the delay, Apple still labels it as ‘beta’) but it is already eminently useful. The (already high) usefulness of my iPad Air 4 increased dramatically. Universal Control lets the iPad do what does best, while still being just a trackpad swipe away from the Mac.

But Apple gives and takes away. Long forwarned, this update really removed the Python 2 binary, and yes, some admins, and developers were still blindsided. I have built a summary of links to posts, issues and solutions on my weblog and will keep updating that post over the next few weeks.

Apple developers must be taking a well-deserved break, beacuse we have not seen the macOS 12.4 beta yet. Any day now. Remember to remove the developer/beta profile!

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macOS 12.3 Monterey and iOS 15.4

macOS Monterey 12.3

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-03-11

Apple’s “Peek Performance” event this week, delivered plenty of great news. A new iPhone SE, which is mostly identical to the 2020 model, but now uses the A15 chip. Green color choices for the iPhones 13 and 13 Pro. A new iPad Air, using the M1 chip. And then… a new desktop Mac model called “Mac Studio” using the M1 Max or a doubled up M1 Mac chip which Apple calls the “M1 Ultra.” And a new 27″ 5K Studio Display to go along with the Mac Studio.


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These are great products that will certainly fill many checkboxes in many people’s and organization’s wish lists. Untypically for Apple, there were a few hints on what is yet to come. At the end of the video, John Ternus (SVP of Hardware Engineering) mentions, there is “just one more product to go: the Mac Pro, but that is for another day.” Earlier in the event, John says the M1 Ultra will be the last chip added to the M1 family.

This sets up the intriguing question on how an Apple silicon based Mac Pro will exceed the performance set by the Mac Studio. Some speculate the Mac Pro will be the first Mac to get the next generation Apple silicon chip. However, announcing the M2 with the Mac Pro, would stifle demand on all the other Mac models though, as people will hold off purchases until those product lines are updated, as well. Apple runs a risk of “Osborning” their most popular Mac product lines. It is more likely the M2 will be introduced with the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or a successor model to one of these.

We also learned which Mac model will not transition: The 27″ iMac disappeared from the Apple Store this week. Apple seems to consider the Mac Studio with Studio Display a valid replacement. This combo may seem much more expensive than the base iMac 27″, but the Studio Display will likely outlive the Mac it is purchased with, making the direct comparison difficult.

Interestingly, the Intel Mac mini is still available. Keep in mind that if you need an Intel Mac for Bootcamp or compatibility testing on the Intel platform and older versions of macOS, you should either make plans to retain Intel Macs past the usual lifetime in your organization or puchase a Mac mini or Mac Pro now.

The persistence of the Intel Mac mini calls attention to a strange omission in Apple’s Macs with Apple silicon product line: there is no Mac desktop using the M1 Pro. You can get the iMac 24″ and Mac mini with M1. Mac Studio comes with M1 Max and M1 Ultra. The Intel Mac mini sort of fills the spot where a Mac mini or Mac Studio with the M1 Pro would be. (Both price and feature wise.) It might be that Apple needs all the M1 Pro chips they produce to satisfy demand of the MacBook Pro and we will have to wait for more availability until we see desktop Macs with that chip. This gap is even more annoying beacuse it matches the needs of MacAdmins very well.

Either way, exciting times for the Mac, with more interesting things to come!

Oh, the new Mac Studio will require macOS 12.3 and ship next week, so we will also get the macOS 12.3 update next week, which should not come as a huge suprise as Apple released 12.3 RC to AppleSeed this week.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-03-04

Apple has announced an event for next week. Of course, we don’t know what Apple is going to introduce then, but the fifth beta for macOS 12.3 that we got this week, may be the last. How is your testing going? Have youound all the uses of the Python 2 yet?


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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • cdros: “A pattern I’ve seen in many places. Companies hire adults, thrust technology at them, provide little training, and distrust the actions of employees.” (Thread)
  • Asia Orangio: “I’m seeing a lot of people who are surprised to learn their favorite software has been built and/or marketed by a Ukrainian team. Here’s a running list of them (plus how you can help Ukraine fight back)” (Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-02-25

Apple keeps working towards the “Spring release” of macOS 12.3, iOS 15.4 and siblings with a fourth beta round. Last year’s Big Sur 11.3 “spring release” was in late April while in 2020 Catalina 10.15.4 was released in late March. So, we have one or two months to go.


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As mentioned before (not just by me), the macOS 12.3 update will remove the Python 2 binary. This should not come as a surprise, but apparently there are still some vendors and developers that are not prepared. Test your deployment workflow and all the software on the beta and notify any vendors of failing installations, applications and tools.

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  • Scripting OS X: “Apple remains on track to transition all Mac models to Apple silicon. The “two-year” timeline expires either in June (2y after the announcement at WWDC 20) or in November (2y after the first M1 MacBooks) If you require Intel Macs for testing, VMs, or compatibility, buy them now!” (short thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-02-18

For a change, only few changes or announcements this week. Apple followed up last week’s 12.2.1 update with 11.6.3 and a security update for Catalina. But we still got a lot of interesting posts and updates!


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-02-11

A new beta, a surprising security update (which also fixes a Bluetooth battery drain issue on Monterey), an announcement on the AirTag tracking. Apple sure was busy this week. But everyone else seems to be really busy, too. Lots of news, updates and releases this week.


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Another emerging topic is Apple’s treatment of the App Store ecosystem and the developers. There have been a few lawsuits and decisions around the world and I believe that Apple’s reactions might shape the company’s future and their public perception more than any VR/AR products that might be announced.

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macOS 12 Monterey and iOS 15

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Guilherme Rambo: “Thoughts on iOS sideloading. Apple (and people who defend Apple no matter what) make it out as being a big deal that’s going to completely destroy the security of the platform and harm a huge number of innocent users. The reality is way less exciting…” (Thread)
  • mikey: “iOS 15.3.1 and macOS 12.2.1 patch a WebKit use after free (UAF) (CVE-2022-22620). Apple aware that it may have been exploited in the wild”
  • James Rath: “Just a bummer that there aren’t many tracking alternatives for blind folks. Airtags and precision finding are incredibly accessible with VoiceOver support. And we’re a an audience who benefit significantly from things like AirTags. I tried Tile & the app was inaccessible.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-02-04

Another weighty news summary. After Apple released their updates last week, it seems as if the MDM vendors are following suite. Also MacAdmins are preparing for the demise of Python 2 in macOS 12.3 with many tools updates.


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  • Rich Trouton: “If you’re using my AutoPkg recipes for Microsoft Defender ATP, Microsoft Defender ATP has changed its name to Microsoft Defender. Please use the new Microsoft Defender recipes.”
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “Friday IT fun. macOS Monterey 12.2 breaks printing in some environments using a Windows print server with modified RPC security settings. Specifically RpcAuthnLevelPrivacyEnabled. Feel free to reference my case 101616149128.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-01-28

Emails and web pages don’t really have weight, but the news summaries in the weeks with macOS and iOS updates always feel heavier. Lots of links for the macOS Montery 12.2, iOS 15.3 and related updates.


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In addition to the release updates, Apple also published the first beta for macOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4 It looks like these will be the “Spring” updates from Apple, which means they will have more changes and new features than a “normal” update. Aside from some things we have been waiting for since WWDC (Universal Control! New Emojis!), macOS 12.3 will remove Python 2.7.

We’ve been warned about this since the macOS Catalina beta release two-and-a-half years ago. I have written about this before. More than once. Quite a lot, actually. I warned about this at MacSysAdmin in 2018. I am not looking for credit for prescience here. This was not a hard prediction to make.

It is also not a hard prediction, that several installers and tools will still not be prepared and break on macOS 12.3. Start testing now.

Way back then, I wrote a script that will expand pkgs and check the shebangs of the installation scripts. You can use that to search for installers that might break with macOS 12.3. Or, now that we have the beta you can just start testing your deployment workflows there and see what breaks.

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macOS Monterey 12 and iOS 15

macOS 12.2 and iOS 15.3

macOS Monterey 12.2

iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3

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tvOS 15.3

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Paul Haddad: “I just downloaded the print application for my label maker. It’s a DMG with an App inside that prompts for an EULA and ends up displaying a button to download the app from the App Store…. Feels like a few steps could be skipped.”
  • Dana Sibera: “Some of the iconic Apple names didn’t last all that long. Apple used ‘Quadra’ from October 91 to October 95 – suiting the name, a span of 4 years. Just 4 years. ‘Performa’ lasted from September 92 to Jan 1997, 4 years 9 months.” (Fun Thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2022-01-21

It seems like the year has not even properly started yet, but Apple already released the macOS 12.2 and iOS 15.3 release candidate. So a likely release next week. Are you ready?


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  • Mr. Macintosh: “1/23/22 will mark 90 days since Monterey was released. If you have an 90 day MDM deferral profile deployed, Monterey will start showing up as an available upgrade On 1/14/22 Apple added “macOS Installer Notification” to the software update catalog.” (Thread)

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