Another Update Week. Apple released iOS 12.4 and macOS 10.14.6. There were also security updates (2019–004) for Sierra and High Sierra, which were then removed because apparently they coould cause kernel panics on wake.
Also interesting: Apple has provided updates for some older iOS hardware. iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 will make sure the “GPS”GPS, date, and time continue to work properly.” Some of the affected devices were last sold in 2012 or 2013, so that is quite an effort by Apple to support older hardware.
Note: Due to work travel and vacation time, there will be no newsletter for the next three weeks. I will return in late August with a long news summary. Hope you get to enjoy your summer as well!
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This is the 100th email newsletter!
The news summary actually started a bit earlier as a weekly post on the weblog. I added the email newsletter later. This is the 111th or, according to Tolkien, eleventy-first news summary, but I’ll take either cause to celebrate. Also, I missed celebrating the 100th summary blog post, the 500th and 600th subscriber, and the two-year anniversary (both of the summary and the email newsletter). At least I didn’t miss this milestone.
Back in 2017, when I started the news summary, we were all working on Sierra and iOS 10, UAMDM and APFS were still in the future, the MacAdmins podcast was on episode 31, the infamous “Mac Pro press meeting” was recent news, and the MacAdmins Slack was just about to reach 10K users.
An average summary has 38 entries, so I have sent out close to 4000 links, posts, and articles.
I want to thank all you readers for, well, reading the summary, whether it is on the website or in the email. Also, for the many kind words I have received. Sometimes posting on the web feels like shouting into a void and you never know if any one is listening. Any feedback is great. Positive feedback is just wonderful.
I am not trying to solicit praise, but want to encourage you all to send a note to one of the many MacAdmin authors whose links appear in this newsletter.
Also, thanks to all of you who have recommended the news summary to someone else and helped spread the word around. Please keep doing that!
Most of all I want to thank, again, all the MacAdmins out there who share their experience and knowledge with all of us in the Slack, on Twitter and other social media, in open source projects, at conference workshops and presentations, and, most of all, with blog posts. The MacAdmins community is something special. It demonstrates a unique culture of openness, sharing and “being in this together.” I am so proud and honored to be a small part of it.
On to the next hundred!
#! On Scripting OS X
If I ever announce an eight-part series on my website again, somebody please intervene. The next and last post will show some issues you may encounter when you move your scripts from
zsh and how to solve them.
Even when this series is (finally) complete. I am sure there will be more articles about
zsh over the next months, there is still a lot to discover and learn.
I will be giving a half-day ‘Moving to zsh’ class in Amsterdam on September 6. We will cover the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of
zshand show lots of practical examples how using
zshwill improve your Terminal productivity. More info and sign-up on the Pro Warehouse webpage.
News and Opinion
- Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business – Apple
- Apple Buys Intel’s Modem Business for $ 1 Billion: Here’s Why – Jason Snell, Tom’s Guide
macOS 10.14.6 Mojave and iOS 12.4 Updates
- macOS 10.14.6 Mojave
- iOS 12.4
- About the security content of macOS Mojave 10.14.6, Security Update 2019–004 High Sierra, Security Update 2019–004 Sierra
- About the security content of iOS 12.4
- Apple Releases iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 With GPS Bug Fix for Older iPhones and iPads – Juli Clover, MacRumors
- Update your iPhone or iPad software to avoid issues with location, date, and time
- macOS updates 7/22/19 – Mojave 10.14.6 – 10.13 & 10.12 (2019–004) – Mr Macintosh
- Known bugs in macOS Mojave 10.14.6: an incomplete summary – Howard Oakley
- Don’t apply High Sierra or Sierra Security Updates 2019–004 – Apple has pulled them both – Howard Oakley
- Apple Pulls 2019–004 High Sierra & Sierra Security Updates After Kernel Panics – Mr Macintosh
macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13 beta
- Annoying Catalina Security Features – Michael Tsai
- Rosyna Keller: “If the disk image is signed, it needs to be notarized (this is true on 10.14.5+ too for signing certs issued after April 7th). Unsigned disk images subject to translocation don’t need to be notarized.”
MacAdmins on Twitter
- John C. Welch: “Good job by the MS Edge for Mac folks on making it a part of the MS Autoupdater mechanism so quickly. Now if the Teams folks could get on board…”
- Patrick Fergus: “.@AppleSupport HT210216 mentions using wired data transfers for migrating between two Lightning iOS devices. What wired migration cabling setups are supported with USB-C+Lightning and USB-C+USB-C device combinations?” (HT210216)
- Eric Boyd: “For those of you testing all the Apple things, this is an important resource: Profiles and Logs – Bug Reporting – Apple Developer
## Bugs and Security
Support and HowTos
- Disabling Microsoft AutoUpdate’s new Required Data Notice in managed environments – Kevin M. Cox
- Suppressing Microsoft AutoUpdate’s Required Data Notice screen – Rich Trouton
- Towards better vendor security assessments – Hongyi Hu, Dropbox Tech Blog
- Mojave’s privacy consent works behind your back – Howard Oakley
- The case of the strange disappearing drive space – Dam San
- Implementing “Least Privilege” for Endpoints – Garrett Yamada
- What are Managed Apple IDs? – SimpleMDM
- How to save file metadata in iCloud, and new info on extended attributes – Howard Oakley
- Whitelist Slack workspaces for your network – Slack Help Center (I think the implementation, which relies on SSL interception in the proxy is atrocious. Via Pepijn Bruienne)
Scripting and Automation
- Use Quick Start to transfer data from your previous iOS device to your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Updates and Releases
- Introducing Apple @ Work, a new 9to5Mac series covering Apple in the enterprise – Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac
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