Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-04-28

Another fairly quiet week. I expect more news as WWDC approaches.


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-04-21

For change, this was a week without an update, security or otherwise. MacAdmins have still been busy doing and sharing their research. Thank you all so very much for all the great articles.


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  • Graham Gilbert on Mastodon: “This week my team was discussing ways to make it less painful on users to keep our macOS fleet up to date. They’re rightly fed up with the backlash every time we need to enforce an update. But guess what? macOS is our second largest platform. We do not get any complaints from our Chrome OS or Windows users. The update stories on those platforms simply work. This shouldn’t be on IT professionals to solve. Apple is failing its customers in not providing adequate tools to keep them secure.”
  • MacAdmins Conference: “2023 MacAdmins Conference – Workshops announced! Registration is now OPEN!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-04-14

Generally, Friday is a good day for a news summary. But sometimes things happen after. Like last week, where Apple pushed a security update for macOS Ventura and iOS/iPadOS, followed by updates for Big Sur, Ventura, iOS/iPadOS 15, tvOS, Safari, and (maybe?) HomePod, earlier this week.


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-04-07

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates! Even when you just enjoy eating chocolate eggs.


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-31

Apple was busy this week. As expected, we got the macOS Ventura 13.3, iOS 16.4, and sibling platform updates. (New emojis!) We also got the long awaited Apple Music Classical app (iOS only), Apple Pay Later (where available, i.e yet another US only service), and updates to several apps. Apple also announced the dates for this year’s WWDC: June 5–9 in a similar format to the past year. All sessions pre-recorded and online with a viewing event at Apple Park for the Keynote.


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Jason Snell from SixColors has released the “Apple in the Enterprise” report card with lots of interesting data and even more enlightening comments from many fellow Mac and iOS admins. Now, that this is the third edition, the report includes a graph with the previous two scores for each section, and we can start to see some trends.

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  • John C. Welch: “One thing remote work has screwed is the ability to learn how the people I don’t work with, but support, work. I called it “Support by Walking around” not just for the “it’s too minor for a ticket, but since you’re here” problems that I could see were developing into bigger problems. That was invaluable in and of itself. But it also, over time, gave me a way to see how the people I supported actually worked. How they needed to work, how their actual workflow functioned.” (thread)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-24

Apple released the release candidates for macOS 13.3, iOS 16.4, and all the siblings. Are you ready for the release next week?


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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-17

The newsletter this week is coming at an unusual time of day because I am traveling. If I missed any links because of the travels, please let me know!


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Jason Snell has put out the call for the next incarnation of the “Six Colors Apple in the Enterprise Report Card.” If you are interested you can read last year’s report here. The questionnaire is open to all MacAdmins but you need to fill it out before March 22nd deadline.

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  • William Smith on Mastodon: “Happy to announce the Jamf Training Catalog introduced in 2018 and only available to customers is NOW available to anyone with a free Jamf Account. No customer requirement going forward.”
  • Mike Lynn on Mastodon: “[…] avoid attempting to manage the end user experience as much as possible – or allowing your organization to dictate to you, as the subject matter expert, that settings of this nature MUST be enforced to a specific value. No two people agree on a sane default experience. Managing for security? Yes, great. Managing look and feel? Please do not

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-10

Apple announced a new yellow iPhone color this week, which invokes spring thoughts, but here in the Netherlands we have had the most wintry weather this season. I hope spring comes quickly after this last effort of winter.


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Spring will also bring the “Spring updates” of macOS and iOS and we did get another round of betas this week. These updates which are about half way between Apple’s major platform updates often come with significant changes, especially for admins. From what we can tell from the betas, the changes this year seem be on the “less impactful” side. A welcome respite for MacAdmins.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-03-03

This is the time of the year where we get regular updates for macOS, but not that many new features. It is also time where MacAdmins adopt the new versions, either by choice or because the 90 day deferral limit has expired for good a while back. This is a busy time for MacAdmins.


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We also got the second beta for macOS 13.3 and iOS 16.4 and Apple is testing the new Rapid Security Response technology again. It is encouraging that they are testing this “in the field” and hopefully that will make a big difference in reliability.

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It is here! The second edition of the wonderful and encompassing guide to everything Mac and iOS management: Apple Device Management Second Edition by Rich Trouton and Charles Edge. Many congratulations to them!

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2023-02-24

After a few weeks of releases, this week was a bit quieter. Still a nice selection of posts and articles, thanks to all the authors who share their experience.


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