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What we learned from the WWDC 2017 Keynote

Posted in: Education, Business

During yesterday’s keynote presentation that kicked off the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA, Apple announced several exciting features and hardware that are sure to impact the way you and your staff provide IT service.

New Mac operating system
For starters, a new macOS operating system will be generally available in the fall. Building on top of the current version, Apple is simply calling it macOS High Sierra. This operating system will include the new Apple File Systems (APFS), refinements for end users and new tools for developers. Jamf will be providing guidance and advice for IT administrators looking to upgrade their clients to High Sierra this fall.

New Mac hardware
According to Tim Cook, the heart and soul of Apple is the Mac. And Apple validated that by announcing the iMac Pro, new processors in the MacBook Pros, and updates to the iMac and MacBook lines.

So, it looks like rumors of the Mac’s demise are greatly exaggerated…

New iOS operating system
Apple announced iOS 11 which will include several new app updates, person-to-person Apple Pay and enhanced Siri functionality. With Android struggling with fragmented operating systems (only 7 percent of users are on Android 7), the same cannot be said for Apple as they boast 86 percent of users on iOS 10. This proves that users are quick to upgrade and excited to get the new features into their hands. This is extremely important to app developers who can build for essentially one operating system, instead of a crapshoot of outdated platforms.

Beta programs now available
iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra betas, along with tvOS and watchOS betas, are now available on Apple’s developer site. Jamf will be offering our own betas to help bridge the gap for IT administrators wanting to support this functionality the moment it is available. Stay tuned for more information on our beta programs. And as always, you can expect zero-day support of this wonderful functionality.

Check back later this week for an update on the management-specific features Apple unveils during WWDC 2017.