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iOS 9 available September 16, new iPhones, bigger iPad Pro, new iPad mini 4, new Apple TV with apps...

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Lots and lots today at the Apple announcements. This big one for this crowd is this:

iOS 9 available September 16

It's coming, and hopefully you've been up to speed on Apple's iOS 9 Checklist. (OK Seriously who has time for this?). Apple today not only released the Gold Master of iOS 9, they released the first beta of iOS 9.1. Time stops for no one.

The new Apple TV, available "Late October" comes with "tvOS" and runs Apps. Enterprise Apps are usable too, according to the updated license agreement. Does this mean MDM support for apps to Apple TVs?

Two new iPhones — 6s and 6s Plus — come 3D Touch (new gestures), Touch ID 2 (faster), better camera (12M pixels & 4K video), LTE Advanced and quicker WiFi. And pink.

A new 12.9" iPad Pro, with optional accessories Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard for those of you with Surface envy. No, that can't be the case, because Apple put Microsoft on stage to demo Office for iPad just after its introduction. (Which looks very cool using Excel and Word side-by-side.)

In case five iPad models makes your eyes cross, Apple has published an iPad comparison that may help. From what I can tell, there are 23 different combinations of capacity, size, and networking. And I'm skipping color options.

What did I miss?

Apple TV 6.0.2 update "Includes general performance and stability improvements."

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And that's all she wrote.

Apple Configurator 1.4.2 improves configuration and MDM enrollment of Apple TV

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The App Store is tonight listing an update to Apple Configurator, everyone's favorite iOS deployment tool. Today's update, 1.4.2, "improves configuration and MDM enrollment of Apple TV." The update to the free app is in the Mac App Store.

What? You didn't know that you can manage Apple TVs? Those little devices run iOS just like your trusted iPhones and iPads. And they accept many of the same configuration profile keys as their big brothers do.

To manage an Apple TV, you will need a micro USB cable. (Maybe you have one to charge that Android phone you never use.)

Launch Apple Configurator, then connect your Apple TV via USB. If you have a 2nd Generation Apple TV, USB is the only cable you need. If you have a 3rd Generation Apple TV (the one that does 1080p) you will need the power cable as well. Configurator will launch the "Apple TV Assistant."

(Now that said, I tried it and Configurator didn't see my Apple TV. Maybe it will work tomorrow?)

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