I’ve been a customer of JAMF for many years, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Whenever people ask me why I use JAMF Pro, I always say, “It’s like having an Apple assistant in my office.” Using the platform to manage my iOS devices dramatically improves my workflows.
With iOS 12 and tvOS 12 on the horizon, JAMF has announced JAMF Pro 10.7. As with previous years (dating back to 2012), JAMF has zero-day support for both of these products. What does zero-day support mean? It means support for new features, baseline compatibility, and no impact to critical workflows.
With JAMF Pro 10.7, JAMF is taking advantage of the new APIs from Apple to assist IT departments with managing their fleet of devices.
Advanced Password Sharing Restrictions
IT departments can now have greater control over passwords by restricting AutoFill passwords, blocking password proximity requests and restricting password sharing from AirDrop.
OAuth Support for Exchange
This feature provides a modern way of authenticating to Microsoft Exchange accounts. IT managers will be able to enforce this when employees are setting up their Exchange accounts for the first time.
Date and Time
IT departments will have the ability to set date and time automatically. They can also prevent users from changing it in the future.
Install tvOS apps remotely
While tvOS supported this before, it was only for in-house apps. Now, IT managers can push apps to tvOS as they can with iOS and macOS. I use tvOS to power my digital signage around our campus. In talking with JAMF, they are seeing digital signage with Apple TV become a key use case for hospitality and healthcare.
Managed Software Updates
With JAMF Pro 10.7, there are additional deployment options for macOS and iOS updates. On iOS and macOS alike, you can defer deployment for 90 days via policy. After the 90 days, you’ll be able to specify which version you want to deploy. On macOS, you’ll be given the option to erase the drive and install (for new deployments). macOS will also have the opportunity to install via the App Store, from JAMF, or letting the user do it through JAMF’s self-service portal.
Overall, this looks like an excellent release for JAMF. I’ll be paying attention to JNUC 2018 later this year to see what else JAMF has up their sleeve.
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