About the Author

Bradley Chambers

@bradleychambers

Bradley Chambers started his career in telecommunications working for the original IP TV provider in the US, and also was part of their fiber to the home roll out.

From 2009-2021, Bradley has worked full-time for a private school in Chattanooga, TN running the information technology department and technology integration in the classroom. He manages a network of 15 switches, 85 access points, and multiple phone systems across four separate campuses across the city. He’s well versed in enterprise Wi-Fi, macOS and iOS system management, school technology, SaaS tools, and more. Currently, he works at Cribl.

At 9to5Mac, Bradley covers HomeKit technology, enterprise software, enterprise hardware, and how Apple fits into the enterprise environment.

Bradley holds a B.S. in Management from Covenant College.

If you have any tips, feedback, corrections, or questions, they can be sent to Bradley@9to5mac.com.

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Yesterday

After launching in 2019, to help organizations manage their Apple fleet, Kandji went to work on solving additional problems. Today, Kandji announced its new Device Harmony platform, which is aimed at bridging the gap between enterprise IT and InfoSec teams, so they can truly work together to keep every Apple user secure and productive.

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October 1

The lines between logging into your Mac, signing into your cloud-based apps, and signing into identity providers have certainly been blurred in recent years. Many organizations have deployed solutions tied in with your device management solution, and those work great. There’s another option on the market now, and it’s called XCreds. XCreds is a streamlined app aimed at keeping your macOS login password in sync with Azure Active Directory, Google Cloud, Okta, or any OpenID Connect password.

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September 30

The world of smart home lighting is getting more and more crowded. HomeKit-enabled products are popping up left and right, but that’s not always a bad thing. There are plenty of great options out there now, and Nanoleaf is one of them. Today, we’ll be looking at the newest addition to their lineup: the Nanoleaf Essentials A19 Smart Bulb! If you only read one thing about this review, know this: It’s one of the only HomeKit bulbs with Thread support.

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September 27

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Apple @ Work is brought to you by Hexnode. Hexnode UEM offers an award-winning Unified Endpoint Management solution for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, tvOS, and Fire OS devices. Hexnode is one of the most trusted enterprise security solutions worldwide that combines multiple security features into a single console. Sign up for a free trial with Hexnode today and find out how you can reinvent device management.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, Dean Hager – CEO of Jamf, joins the show to preview the week ahead at JNUC 2022.

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Today, Jamf kicked off its 13th annual JNUC in San Diego, California. Today at JNUC 2022, Jamf is joined by partners including Apple, Google, Okta Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and SwiftConnect, and with customers American Airlines and HSBC. Jamf discussed how its commitment to continuous product innovation is helping companies adapt their business processes and systems in order to take full advantage of Apple products.

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September 24

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

One of the biggest challenges for school IT admins is protecting your students and keeping them safe online in school and at home. That’s why you invest in content filtering software. It’s typically been a service deployed on campus, but now parents need that filtering to exend to the home. That’s where Jamf comes in with its newest solution to make it easy for school IT admins to protect students without sacrificing productivity or adding extra work to their plate. It’s called Jamf Safe Internet.

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September 23

Smart plugs are easy to use and a great way to make your home smarter. But what if you’re looking for something that is not as expensive? There are many brands of smart plugs out there, including TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Mini. This is one of the best values on the market when it comes to HomeKit compatible smart plugs. Not only does this plug have a low price, but it’s also compact enough that it will not block other outlets when placed next to each other. Let’s take a look at the HomeKit edition of the TP-Link Smart Plug Mini.

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September 20

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Hexnode. Hexnode UEM offers an award-winning Unified Endpoint Management solution for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, tvOS, and Fire OS devices. Hexnode is one of the most trusted enterprise security solutions worldwide that combines multiple security features into a single console. Sign up for a free trial with Hexnode today and find out how you can reinvent device management.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, Rew Islam, the Director of Engineering at Dashlane joins the show to talk about the state of password management in the enterprise, Passkeys, and more.

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September 18

MagSafe charging has quickly become one of my favorite features added to the iPhone in the past few years. I’ve used countless chargers, docks, and car mounts since MagSafe was added to the iPhone 12 lineup. One of my recent additions to my desk was the ESR HaloLock 2-in-1 charger with CryoBoost. It’s a great option for charging your iPhone via MagSafe while keeping it cool. It also includes a great AirPods charger as well.

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September 17

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

The iPad is a fantastic device for education. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and has plenty of apps that make teaching easier. But one thing that has held the iPad back in the classroom is the juggling of multiple accounts for multiple apps. Now, however, Apple is addressing this issue by allowing Managed Apple IDs to use “Sign in with Apple.” This new authentication method will give teachers control over how their students use iPads in class without having to worry about creating new accounts every time they want to use a new app in the classroom.

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September 16

Thread continues to be the theme of HomeKit in 2022, with it becoming a key future-proofing checkbox I am looking for with all new HomeKit products. Currently, there’s only one HomeKit-enabled air purifier with Thread, and that is the Airversa Air Purifier. I’ve had it in place for a few weeks, and it’s quickly become my favorite HomeKit-enabled air purifier.

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September 10

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Remote workstations/virtual desktop interfaces are becoming common in enterprise organizations that want maximum flexibility for employees while ensuring they have access to the most powerful computers available. Remote workstations with fast internet also create a secure working environment for remote employees who handle sensitive data. This week, let’s examine why companies deploy remote access on macOS and some available options.

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September 9

A few weeks ago, Eve announced the brand-new Eve Aqua with Thread. While Thread alone is a welcome upgrade for a device that is going to be farther away from Wi-Fi than most other HomeKit devices, it also received a nice overall build upgrade that is worth an upgrade if you’re an owner of the previous model.

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September 6

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Hexnode. Hexnode UEM offers an award-winning Unified Endpoint Management solution for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, tvOS, and Fire OS devices. Hexnode is one of the most trusted enterprise security solutions worldwide that combines multiple security features into a single console. Sign up for a free trial with Hexnode today and find out how you can reinvent device management.

In this episode of Apple @ Work, Delphine Donné, General Manager of Creativity & Productivity at Logitech joins the show to talk about the latest trends they are seeing with work from home office build-outs, ergonomics, and more.

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September 3

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

If you watch any movie that involves hacking or cyber crime, you’ll likely see the root of the breach as a result of some accessory plugged into a computer. Apple certainly doesn’t want macOS to be at the center of a real-life breach, so accessory management is getting an overhaul in macOS Ventura. Let’s look at macOS accessory security, and how Apple is implementing it for its device management partners.

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September 2

I am a HomeKit veteran at this point; I’ve used just about every product that has HomeKit support that I can try without major installation (rewiring electrical outlets, changing out light switches, etc). I think it’s time for Apple to buy HOOBS and officially welcome Homebridge into the fold of HomeKit.

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August 31

Addigy Flex Policies enable IT admins and MSPs to automate adding configuration policies to new Apple devices

Today, Addigy is announcing Flex Policies for its Apple MDM platform. Addigy Flex Policies simplifies the process of assigning Apple device policies to new or existing devices, saving IT admins time. Flex gives IT admins the ability to configure device attributes that describe a set of criteria that automatically assign Apple devices meeting those criteria to the appropriate policies. Once configured, Addigy will automatically assign those Apple devices to the policy.

August 27

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that fully integrates 5 different applications on a single Apple-only platform, allowing Businesses and Schools to easily and automatically deploy, manage & protect all their Apple devices . Over 32,000 organizations leverage Mosyle solutions to automate the deployment,  management and security of millions of Apple devices daily. Request a FREE account today and discover how you can put your Apple fleet on auto-pilot at a price point that is hard to believe.

Picking your favorite Mac is problematic because, ideally, every Mac you bought should be better than your last one. Choosing your favorite Mac is looking at how well it met your needs at the time and how long it was able to meet them. After nearly two years of use, the M1 MacBook Air might be my favorite Apple product of all time. With the M2 MacBook Air’s release, I want to examine why Apple is still selling the M1 MacBook Air, and why the best laptop for business customers might not be the latest model.

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Apple @ Work is brought to you by Kolide, endpoint security for teams that Slack. Kolide notifies your team via Slack when their devices are insecure and gives them step-by-step instructions on how to solve the problem. Meet your compliance goals using the most powerful, untapped resource in IT: end-users. Try Kolide for free today.

As software as a service solutions become more prominent in the enterprise, having a proper enterprise password management solution is a key part of a healthy security ecosystem. As organizations continue to move away from Active Directory as the single login system, having a solution like 1Password or LastPass is critical – even if a single sign on solution like Okta is deployed.

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August 26

Improving your video meeting quality might include upgrading your webcam, but it most definitely should include upgrading your desk lighting. If you want a budget upgrade that works with HomeKit, you’ll want to check out the Meross desk lamp. With a flexible arm for adjusting the lighting on your face, it makes for a simple way to improve the overall quality while keeping it simple on your desk setup.

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