Are you ready for Apple OS upgrades?
With this toolkit, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
From testing business-critical tools to preparing end users, our 2017 Apple OS upgrades page provides guidance for getting new features into the hands of users without disrupting workflows or productivity.
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Skip right to our detailed guide for step-by-step update instructions, best practices and “gotchas” to avoid.
Apple OS upgrades season is upon us.
With our tools and resources, you'll be more than ready.
Let us show you why and how you’ll be ready for the latest operating systems (OSs): with hassle-free upgrades, immediate support for new Apple features and a delivery timeline that works for you.
Exciting new versions of macOS (for Mac), iOS (for iPhone and iPad) and tvOS (for Apple TV) are heading to a device near you. macOS High Sierra, iOS 11 and tvOS 11 offer new productivity, security and management capabilities to help you and the users you support get more done.
Your job is to get new features into the hands of users without disrupting productivity. Our job is to help you do it.
Have questions about macOS High Sierra and the new Apple File System (APFS)?
No need to scroll any further. We've consulted our Apple management experts (and Apple) to fill you in on what you need to know, including what the future holds for imaging and how workflows will be impacted by APFS. Or keep scrolling for everything you need to prepare for this OS upgrade season.
Make this OS upgrade season your best one.
Starting with true zero-day support.
It’s impossible to offer the best user experience and leverage Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV devices the way Apple intends if you’re not immediately supporting the latest features. Here’s why the zero-day difference matters:
End-user productivity. New operating systems introduce features that support greater efficiency and productivity. Without zero-day support, you inhibit users from taking advantage of helpful functionality.
End-user experience. Apple users expect to be able to successfully update their device(s) the day a new operating system becomes available. Zero-day support ensures this expectation is met.
Alleviate security vulnerabilities. Old software is inherently less secure. With zero-day support, users can confidently upgrade and you can ensure you don’t fall prey to data breaches and system vulnerabilities due to out of date devices.
More management tools. New and improved Apple device management capabilities let you customize and configure end user features based on the unique needs of your environment.
Don’t miss a beat this OS upgrade season.
Jamf Pro — the standard in Apple device management — gives you a powerful management solution that directly aligns with Apple and supports new operating systems from day one.
With dynamic inventory tools, multiple deployment paths and the ability to leverage Apple’s security controls, Jamf Pro ensures organizational protocols are kept intact throughout the upgrade process. And when it comes to zero-day support, our Apple track record speaks for itself.
Never again view new Apple features from afar. Take advantage of them as soon as they become available.
What do you get when you upgrade your Apple products?
We’re sure you’ve done your homework, but just as a refresher, here are the new management features Apple is unveiling with these releases.
macOS High Sierra
- Apple File System (APFS) support
- Cisco Fast Lane quality of service (QoS) support for apps
- New restrictions, security settings and kernel extension loading
- Defer software updates for up to 90 days
- Use an MDM command to upgrade supervised devices to iOS 11
- Add folders to a dock with new Home screen layout feature
- Restrict AirPrint, manual VPN settings and systems app deletion
- Preserve data plans during a remote wipe on a cellular iPad
- Define Home screen layout on an Apple TV
- Show or hide specific tvOS apps
- Restrict tvOS media content and ability to modify device name
- Set passwords for specific Apple TV devices to share automatically to specific iPads
- Add iOS or tvOS devices to Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) with Apple Configurator
- Skip Keyboard chooser and Apple Watch Migration options during iOS Setup Assistant
- Skip TV provider sign-in options during tvOS Setup Assistant
- Apple School Manager enhancements
Select when and how to upgrade to the latest Apple OS.
A flexible tool for your unique environment.
Jamf Pro provides several ways for you to confidently deploy macOS High Sierra, iOS 11 and tvOS 11 updates en masse. For macOS High Sierra, choose to either re-image or keep existing data intact by running the standard upgrade. If you don’t want users jumping the gun and upgrading when you’re not ready, you can simply block macOS High Sierra until your testing is complete.
iOS 11 updates can be triggered via a mobile device management (MDM) command to properly managed devices running iOS 10 or higher. And, for the forward-thinking IT admin, help users help themselves by placing the upgrade in an on-demand Self Service app where they can update their device on their own. For Apple TV upgrades, organizations can leverage Apple Configurator or the Apple TV remote to run the upgrade.
Which Mac upgrade path is right for you?
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By utilizing the best Apple management has to offer, you can seamlessly upgrade all of your Apple devices, without impacting end users or giving up your nights and weekends.