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Apple Releases macOS Server 5.2 Beta with Apple School Manager Support

macOS Server 5.2

Apple has released macOS Server 5.2 Beta to developers, with a full released expected this Fall along side macOS sierra.

Server 5.2 beta (build 16S1083q, app version 5.1.50) is now available for testing. This version is designed for use with OS X version 10.11.6 beta and macOS Sierra version 10.12 beta.

Developers can download it from the Apple Developer Downloads.

What’s New in macOS Server 5.2

Profile Manager

  • Integration with Apple School Manager to get Managed Apple ID and class information
  • Skip the iMessage & FaceTime Setup Assistant pane in iOS 10
  • Skip the iCloud Desktop and Siri Setup Assistant panes in macOS Sierra version 10.12
  • Choose default app for audio calls for Contacts, Exchange, Google, and LDAP accounts
  • Set Bluetooth Modification restriction on supervised devices
  • Set Apple Music; iCloud Keychain Sync; and Sharing to Notes, Reminders, or LinkedIn restrictions for macOS Sierra version 10.12
  • Set new IKEv2 authentication method option or specify IPSec disconnect on idle timeout for VPN
  • Restrict Cisco fast lane Quality of Service marking or disable captive network detection for Wi-Fi networks
  • Configure IP firewall

Caching Server

  • Enhanced control over peer replication

SMB

  • To improve security, SMB connections now require signing by default.

NFS

  • AES is now a supported encryption type for Kerberized NFS

Xsan 5

  • macOS Sierra and Server 5.2 include support for the Xsan 5 file system. Xsan 5 is compatible with the Quantum StorNext 5.3 file system.
  • See Xsan Compatibility information before upgrading to Xsan 5.
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Mobile deployment Business Solutions by Onefruit

At Onefruit we have always kept an eye on trending needs of businesses. Technology has always affected businesses and brought paradigm shift in making businesses profitable. When some businesses have not been able to adopt the technological advances, those results in redundant processes. So, our aim is to make available information seamlessly and reach out to businesses by various media. Our business solutions are simple yet robust.

The need of businesses is multi dimensional and they must be looked at diligently and addressed as fast as possible. In current times, businesses have even become more complex, because of their local and universal spread. Keeping this in mind our business charging and syncing solutions like Chargebus 1050 helps the business workers, visiting clients as well as prospective visitors to use our affordable  , attractive and easy to charging stations.

All our mobile charging stations are quality checked and highly compliant to industry policies. They are compliant to safety and security issues. So be it an Android device or a gadget by Apple with iOS operating system, there is no hesitation shown by business when they procure our solutions.

Another group of mass users of our solutions are at schools or educational institutions. Using our mass charging and deployment solutions, they can easily charge their device. We also make available universal cases for resting them while they are being filled. The design, functionality, safety, higher number adaptability and universality of our solutions make us an emerging and leading seller of mobile deployment solutions. 

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Apple Releases iOS 8.3 | Official Blog of Onefruit

Apple has released iOS 8.3 with improved performance and bug fixes.

This release includes improved performance, bug fixes, and a redesigned Emoji keyboard. Changes include:

Improved performance for:

• App launch

• App responsiveness

• Messages

• Wi-Fi

• Control Center

• Safari tabs

• 3rd-party keyboards

• Keyboard shortcuts

• Simplified Chinese keyboard

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

• Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials

• Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks

• Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected

• Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers

Orientation and rotation fixes

• Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape

• Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape

• Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket

• Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking

Messages fixes

• Address issues that caused group messages to sometimes split

• Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages

• Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages

• Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app

• Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts

Family Sharing fixes

• Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices

• Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps

• Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications

CarPlay fixes

• Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen

• Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated

• Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t

Enterprise fixes

• Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps

• Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes

• Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting

• Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy

• Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies

• Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems

• Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions

• Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-FI network

• Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated

Accessibility fixes

• Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond

• Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages

• Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages

• Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off

• Fixes issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled

• Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing

Other improvements and bug fixes

• Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters

• iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta

• Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps

• Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays

• Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on

• Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard

• Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay

• Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey)

• Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel)

• Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music

• Address an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices

• Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen

• Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs

• Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data

• Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting “FYI”

• Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply

• Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode

• Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs

• Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows

• Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes

• Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks

• Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen

• Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume

• Fixes an issues that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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Apple Configurator 1.7.2 Update | Official Blog of Onefruit

Apple has updated Apple Configurator to 1.7.2 which adds support for iOS 8.3 and new restrictions.

New in Configurator 1.7.2

This update requires OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 and iTunes 12 or later. It includes the following improvements:

  • Improved stability in OS X Yosemite v10.10.3
  • Support for the configuration profile options listed below

Restrictions

Accept cookies from websites I visit, or current website only           iOS 8 and later  
Allow predictive keyboard iOS 8.1.3 and later Supervised only
Allow auto correction iOS 8.1.3 and later Supervised only
Allow spell check iOS 8.1.3 and later Supervised only
Allow definition lookup iOS 8.1.3 and later Supervised only
Force Apple Watch wrist detection iOS 8.2 and later  
Allow modifying Touch ID fingerprints iOS 8.3 and later Supervised only

VPN options

IKEv2 Certificate Type: RSA, ECDSA256, ECDSA384 and ECDSA521  iOS 8.3 and later
IKEv2 EncryptionAlgorithm: AES-128-GCM and AES-256-GCM iOS 8.3 and later
IKEv2 Diffie Hellman Group numbers: 19, 20 and 21 iOS 8.3 and later

 

How to install

Apple Configurator 1.7.2 is a recommended update for all Apple Configurator users. This update is available from the Updates pane of the Mac App Store.

About Configurator

To create or install an iOS configuration profile, use Apple Configurator or a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution like Profile Manager (included with OS X Server)

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Compatible Charging for iPhone 6

iLounge have discovered that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support fast charging. Like it’s bigger bother, the iPad. The 6 and 6 Plus are capable of using 2.1 Amp charging but they still ship with the 1 Amp charger.

iPhone-6-charging-specs

 

All of our Chargebus sync & charging stations support 2.1 Amp charging, ready for your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’.

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Update to iOS 8 using Apple Configurator | Onefruit

Enterprise iOS has posted a simple guide to updating multiple devices to iOS 8.

Step 1: Find a Mac. Any Mac will do. Connect it to the biggest USB hub as you can find.

Step 2: Download Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store.

Step 3: Launch Configurator.

Step 4: Make sure the “Prepare” tab is selected.

Step 5: Set up the options EXACTLY as they are here. Pay special attention to make sure “Supervision” is off and “Erase before installing” is UNCHECKED.

Step 6: Make sure you aren’t installing any apps and aren’t setting anything in setup, in their respective tabs.

Step 7: Double-check the settings. Make sure you have no iOS devices connected via USB.

Step 8: Click the “Prepare” button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 9: Connect the first iOS device. Configurator will download iOS 8 and install it.

Step 10: Connect the second iOS device. It is safe to do this while the first is downloading. It won’t download the same file twice, but it will download the unique version for that model when needed.

Step 11: After download and install, disconnect the device.

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p style=”margin-left: 40px;”>Step 12: When you have upgraded all the devices you want, click the “Stop” button.

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Apple VPP in new Geographies | Official Blog of Onefruit

VPP and new tools by Apple

Apple is planning to expand their Volume Purchase Program for Business and Education to 16 new countries. The list includes:

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

Apple has not announced a launch date for the new countries yet.

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iTunes U 2.0 Update | Official Blog of Onefruit

As previously announced, Apple has updated it’s iTunes U app for iOS. 9to5Mac has got a good summary of what’s new in iTunes U 2.0.

• The new iTunes U makes it simple for students participating in private courses to pose questions on the course or any post or assignment
• Other students in the class can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers
• Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses

Here’s what’s new for teachers:

• Teachers can now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app on their iPad—getting started is fast, simple, and completely free
• Provide every student a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments, upload class materials, easily track participating students, and much more
• Take advantage of the built in camera on iPad to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments
• Create materials using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—or other apps from the App Store—and add them to your course by using “Open in iTunes U” from within each app
• Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions have the option to publish their courses to the iTunes U Catalog—making them available to everyone for free

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Goodbye iPad 2 | Official Blog of Onefruit

After three years, Apple has finally killed off the iPad 2. Apple has replaced it’s price point with a 16 GB version of the iPad 4 which was discontinued last October.

This is good news for schools and businesses who are look to save money on their deployment but are not willing to purchase extremely outdated hardware. The iPad 2 run Apple’s A5 processor with 512 MB RAM compared to the iPad 4’s newer A6X processor, 1 GB RAM and Retina display.

iPad 4 with Retina display is priced at £329 ($399) and on sale now via Apple’s Online Store.

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Airplay Support Apple TV 6.1 | Official Blog of Onefruit

AFP548 have uncovered that the latest AppleTV update brings AirPlay discovering over Bluetooth. This means that IT administrators will no longer need to worry about users accessing AppleTV’s that cross different VLANS.

Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.

In addition to Bonjour over UDP negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources using Bonjour over bluetooth when doing its scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour over UDP for AirPlay -discovery-. Once the host is discovered, AirPlay data is then transmitted over the normal network.