Apple has released a large set of operating system updates, including iOS 17.3, iPadOS 17.3, macOS 14.3 Sonoma, watchOS 10.3, tvOS 17.3, HomePod Software 17.3, macOS 13.6.4 Ventura, macOS 12.7.3 Monterey, iOS 16.7.5 and iPadOS 16.7.5, and iOS 15.8.1 and iPadOS 15.8.1. New features include Stolen Device Protection in iOS 17.3 and Apple Music collaborative playlists.
Apple’s new Apple Business Connect service lets brick-and-mortar businesses claim their location place cards so they can customize how their business appears in Apple Maps, Siri, and other Apple apps. It’s worth doing, and don’t forget to create a Google Business Profile as well.
Environmentalists were concerned that the move to cloud computing and the prerequisite enormous data centers would prove to be an energy hog, but data centers have become incredibly efficient in the past decade.
One of the big changes in macOS 10.15 Catalina is that Apple has replaced the default bash shell in Terminal with zsh, a move that is sure to cause headaches for system administrators. Josh Centers offers some resources to help you adapt to the change.
In an ironic historical twist, IBM has one of the largest Mac installations in the world, and the company has now released research showing that its Mac users score higher on performance reviews, close larger sales, and are less likely to leave the company than its Windows users. But be careful what you conclusions you draw from those results.
The Setapp subscription service provides access to over 160 useful Mac apps for $9.99 per month. Now MacPaw is offering a beta of Setapp for Teams, which provides the same set of apps with slightly reduced per-user pricing and single-point billing.
Apple says future versions of macOS won’t include a number of open-source scripting languages. The impact of this change will vary depending on the audience, but it will affect more people than you might think.
If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2019. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. Updated for Layers, try! Swift San Jose, MacDeployment, iOSDevCamp DC, and MacSysAdmin.
Regular Mac users don’t need to mess around with APFS snapshots, but if you’re a power user, Rich Trouton’s instructions for creating, managing, and using APFS snapshots could be invaluable.
Real-time workplace communication tools were supposed to improve productivity, but they all too often have the opposite effect thanks to too much chatter.
Thinking about dropping cable TV? Cord cutters may want to check out Locast, a Web site and mobile app that lets you watch your local TV channels for free, provided you’re in one of the nine cities where it works.
A couple of recent episodes of the Mac Admins podcast are worth checking out. First, Adam and Tonya joined the hosts to talk about Internet technical publishing and a wide variety of other topics—you’ll enjoy the stories. Second, the Mac Admins hosts managed a rare coup, getting two Apple employees on the show to talk publicly.
We think of our iPhones, iPads, and Macs as extremely personal devices, but as you’ll read in these five stories from the Jamf Nation User Conference, large organizations are also putting Apple devices to interesting uses as focused tools in education, healthcare, hospitality, and retail.
macOS 10.14 Mojave brings important security and privacy improvements to the Mac, but both Apple and developers need to work harder to avoid overwhelming users with a cacophony of alerts.
In a support note, Apple has listed a variety of changes coming in macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12 that might affect Macs and iOS devices used in the enterprise.