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What’s new for IT in the latest Mac, iPhone, and iPad updates?


Apple shipped the latest point upgrades to its operating systems for Macs, iPads, and iPhones this week, with the inclusion of 31 new emojis suggesting all the benefits are aimed at consumer users. That’s not really the case.

You need to get people updating 

Part of the reason Apple likes to spice each patch with a few fillips for most users is because it knows how important it is to convince people to upgrade in timely fashion. In the context of intensifying attacks against all its platforms, ensuring everyone’s devices are as secure as they can be makes sense for platform security.

If it takes a few more emoji to convince people to upgrade, so be it. But the latest patches also carry significant tweaks for IT admins managing fleets of devices.

What follows is a selective list of some of the improvements IT will find in iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4. and macOS 13.3.

Improvements for iPads and iPhones

The big improvements for managed iPads and iPhones mean that MDM systems can now query the model number of managed devices. That’s good, as it helps avoid spoofing and other attempts to get inside security protection and should help improve endpoint management. Apple also claims to have resolved a known, but infrequently discussed, issue in which some users with Managed Apple IDs may find themselves prompted to Update Apple ID Settings, even though they don’t need to do so.

Another potentially positive improvement sees profile-based Wi-Fi networks prioritized above any local manually known networks when seeking a connection.

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