Members of our team had the opportunity to participate in Apple’s WWDC this week and we wanted to share some of the highlights. More details coming soon – subscribe to this page to stay up to date!
Tim Cook’s keynote at WWDC was packed full of exciting announcements, but what interested us most at AirWatch were the details he provided around the new features in iOS 11.
While general availability of iOS 11 is not expected until the fall, beta was launched immediately following Cook’s presentation. As you plan your beta testing, please remember that AirWatch applications may not be compatible with beta versions of software. For this reason, we do not recommend upgrading your primary work device to iOS 11 beta.
- Multitasking, Drag and Drop, Apple Pencil – in iOS 11 users can place multiple apps side by side for easier usability and drag items from one location to another onscreen and between apps. The Apple Pencil on iPad Pro is providing a cleaner experience.
- Files, App Store, Siri, and more – along with a new coat of paint, new apps and app features allow users to have a native Apple experience for accessing their file repositories, cleaner discovery and navigation of the App Store, and get more out of their Siri interactions.
- ARKit, coreML, Metal 2 – developers can now leverage several tools for augmented reality, machine learning, and graphic processing. While the effect of these tools on the MDM space is still unknown, there is surely excitement regarding the innovations to come.
iOS 11 enhancements extend beyond the consumer space to device management, which is obviously exciting for AirWatch. Configuration and management profiles are getting a boost in many different areas.
For more information about the new iOS 11 settings, refer to the Apple MDM Protocol or Configuration Profile Reference. If you are using AirWatch Admin Console 9.1 and above, you can take advantage of some commands using Custom MDM Commands.
Preparing for iOS 11
As always, AirWatch is committed to providing same-day support for your devices and apps. Be on the lookout for more information from AirWatch on how to prepare your organization for iOS 11 as we get closer to the release.
In that same keynote at WWDC, Cook introduced macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” and released the beta. Expected to be generally available later this year, High Sierra will be the first macOS release to support the new Apple File System (APFS).
- APFS – a new 64-bit architecture to revolutionize how data is stored on macOS after being released earlier this year to iOS 10.3.
- HEVC, Metal 2, VR – now the latest technologies in the digital media space are coming to macOS. Developers and users alike will be excited to leverage the better compression and processing power in this new version.
- Photos, Safari, iCloud – each app received its own special treatment and the tools needed for users to continue to leverage the familiar apps they love.
A lot of macOS High Sierra’s most exciting updates come with its extended configuration and management capabilities.
For more information about the new macOS 10.13 settings, please refer to the Apple MDM Protocol. If you are using AirWatch Admin Console 8.1 and above, you can test some of these features using Custom Settings Profiles. If you are using AirWatch Admin Console 9.1 and above, you can take advantage of some commands using Custom MDM Commands.
Preparing for High Sierra
As with iOS 11, AirWatch is committed to providing same-day support for macOS 10.13. Be on the lookout for more information from AirWatch on how to prepare your organization as we get closer to the release.
Please remember that AirWatch may not be compatible with beta versions of software. At this time, we are aware of the following compatibility issues with the High Sierra beta:
- The AirWatch Agent will not install after enrolling through DEP
- Web enrollment may not download a correctly formatted file to launch System Preferences to start the enrollment configuration process
- Minor UI issues in the latest version of the AirWatch Agent, but basic functionality has been confirmed to continue working
- The AirWatch Agent is missing from Location Services pane, thus cannot be enabled or disabled (turn off Location Services enforcement in Agent Settings to suppress the notification)
- iOS 11 public preview
- macOS High Sierra public preview
- MDM Protocol
- Configuration Profile Reference
- Apple Beta Downloads & Release Notes (Apple Developer account required for access)