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What’s new in Jamf Pro 10.5

Jamf Pro 10.5 enhances how end users can interact with IT on their mobile devices, makes it easier to manage devices in the classroom, and enhances workflows for organizations using iOS and Apple TV devices together. Additionally, Jamf Pro 10.5 includes a new script editor with syntax highlighting and themes, the ability to suppress proximity setup via the Healthcare Listener, and enhancements to the user-initiated enrollment process.

Self Service for iOS

The new Self Service introduces a fresh design, creating a consistent experience with Self Service for macOS. Its modern design ensures it looks great on all devices from iPhone X to iPad Pro. The Home tab shows all of the the IT-approved assets in one location. Users can browse and install apps, books and configuration profiles with a single tap or can dive into the details of that item to learn more. Users can also swipe from the left side to bring up categories, making it easier for them to find what they are looking for.

The Notifications tab will show any push notifications sent to Self Service by IT. Use this section to communicate to your users and highlight any new resources that you have added. Multiple notifications can be shown, and can be removed by end users if needed. Search is its own tab now, making it easy for users to find the things they are looking for. Dynamic search results make finding the correct app simple and fast.

The new Self Service allows users to take advantage of iPad multitasking capabilities. They can use Slide Over to bring in Self Service and Split View to run it side-by-side with other apps. Finally, we are building in accessibility support with the new Self Service. We are initially adding VoiceOver support, and will be adding additional accessibility features in the future.

The new Self Service has been submitted to the App Store for approval and will ship shortly after the Jamf Pro 10.5 release.

Bluetooth Management

IT admins can currently block the modification of Bluetooth on individual devices via a restriction profile. This is great, but sometimes IT needs to toggle Bluetooth on and off. With Jamf Pro 10.5, IT will now be able to do just that via Bluetooth management. This new command allows organizations to turn on or off Bluetooth on specific devices, making it easier to use the Classroom app by ensuring a constant connection. This works for iOS and macOS, and can be sent as a mass remote command to multiple devices.

AirPlay and TV Remote Management

There are several existing payloads, restrictions, and global settings for managing AirPlay between Apple TV and iOS devices. TV Remote payload was introduced in Jamf Pro 10.4 and allows IT to define which Apple TV can allow connections from an iOS device. This is typically deployed via two profiles: one for the Apple TV and one for the iOS device. This can be time-consuming to deploy.

In Jamf Pro 10.5, there is a new global AirPlay permissions checkbox that will help this existing process. This release adds the ability to automatically map and deploy the Apple TV Remote App restriction to iOS devices based on common User & Location criteria shared between Apple TV and iOS devices.

With Jamf Pro 10.5, IT admins managing Apple TV devices will be able to utilize the AirPlay permissions feature to automatically map and deploy the Apple TV Remote App restriction to iOS devices based on common User & Location criteria shared between Apple TV and iOS devices. This enables users to fully control Apple TV and the connected display with just an iOS device.

This is great for deployments where there are Apple TVs and iPads together in the same room. iOS devices can work as a remote via the Apple TV Remote app, and is often preferred since the Siri remote is costly and easily lost. This feature will help ensure secure connection between devices and only works when organizations bring their iOS and tvOS devices together in the same mobile device management (MDM) solution.

For more information on what’s new in Jamf Pro 10.5, please review the release notes.