Apple today released iOS 9.1 many, many devices. From the release notes:
This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
- Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
- Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search
- Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
- Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
- Fixes an issue that prevented Game Center from launching for some users
- Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
- Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
- Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
- Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
- Resolves an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an Audio Message
- Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
- Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
It appears that the new IOS 9 feature for Mac OS X server accounts doesn't work - likely due to bugs in OS X Server 5.
WebDAV authentication seems to be busted for many people but can be fixed by using the old WebDAV - AD fix:
This still doesn't allow IOS 9 to authenticate to the server account, at least in my testing... I had thought that this new feature was likely based on WEBDav, but there seems to be more going on...
Has anyone been able to get this working? I'm trying to determine if it's just my test server... Thanks!
Want to downgrade your device to iOS 8.4.1? Yesterday you could, but today you can't.
This is because Apple keeps a tight leash on iOS updates. During the install process, the device (or iTunes, or Configurator, or GroundControl) must verify some information with Apple, specific to both the device and the iOS build. Apple's servers analyze the info, then send back a one-time key to permit the installation. So at any time, Apple can stop "signing" the iOS update, effectively stopping all installs.
(This process doesn't affect you if you are already running the OS, only if you are installing or re-installing it.
After a new release, Apple always shuts down the old release. But it doesn't shut it down immediately. It waits a week or two first. I don't know the exact reason for the "signing window" to stay open. Maybe it's to give extra time for companies in the middle of a large deployment to get organized. Maybe it's to allow individuals who accidentally upgraded too early to change their minds. But when Apple stops signing that old release, it effectively forces your hand, and any iOS install then MUST go to the latest version.
Unfortunately, Apple has never announced in advance when it will stop signing an older release. This makes planning, well, a challenge.
To help (a little), we've compiled a history of how long Apple's kept that window open, after an upgrade. Maybe history will be a guide.
|iOS Version||Days as latest version||Days still signed after update|
|iOS 9.0.1||7 days||n/a|
|iOS 9||7 days||7 days|
|iOS 8.4.1||34 days||14 days|
|iOS 8.4||44 days||11 days|
|iOS 8.3||83 days||7 days|
|iOS 8.2||30 days||27 days|
|iOS 8.1.3||41 days||16 days|
|iOS 8.1.2||49 days||14 days|
|iOS 8.1.1||21 days||9 days|
|iOS 8.1||29 days||14 days|
|iOS 8.0.2||25 days||7 days|
|iOS 8.0.1||1 day||0 days|
|iOS 8||7 days||28 days|
|iOS 7.1.2||79 days||9 days|
Apple yesterday released iOS 9.0.2, on top of iOS 9.0.1 a couple of days ago. (We forgot to post that!) iOS 9.0.2 patched a lock screen security vulnerability, and fixed a couple of bugs.
Release notes for iOS 9.0.2:
This update contains bug fixes and improvements including:
- Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
- Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
- Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
- Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
- Improves the stability of Podcasts
iOS 9.0.1 had the following to say:
This update contains bug fixes including:
- Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
- Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
- Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
- Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data
Downloads of the latest IPSW for each device is available from our database of iOS Devices.
One of the most anticipated features of iOS is the ability to distribute VPP apps to devices without Apple IDs, as long as certain conditions are met: device is on iOS 9, app was purchased through VPP, app developer opted in, MDM supports this feature.
What is unclear at this time is WHICH MDM providers support this feature today. As far as I can tell, very few were ready on day 1. Was yours?
Does your MDM support per-Device app distribution? Please post your MDM vendor and your experiences here. Maybe we can get them to prioritize this feature.
Apple has published their regular inventory of security updates in iOS 9. By my count it is a new record of patches: 107 vulnerabilities.
Apple's been getting better and better at documenting and fixing security vulnerabilities. So please do your part and update your devices!
Source: Apple Security Updates
"You can define a custom Access Point Name (APN) for cellular data access using either of two different configuration profile payloads – APN or Cellular. In iOS 9 you currently must use a Cellular payload for your APN profile. Apple plans to address this issue in a software update."
If you are affected by iOS 9 APN issue please refer to Apple's KB.
iOS 9 contains many new restrictions, especially for devices supervised by GroundControl, Configurator, and DEP.
Over at GroundControl's web site, I've posted a list of the new restrictions, plus sample configuration profiles for each. Want to lock the device name or wallpaper? Prevent the device passcode from being set or being changed? These are for you.
A few of the MDM providers will be ready on day 1, but if your on-prem solution may take some time to update, then you may use these files to bridge the gap.
iOS 9 available September 16, new iPhones, bigger iPad Pro, new iPad mini 4, new Apple TV with apps...
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?
We all need to begin getting familiar with the upcoming release of iOS 9, which we expect to arrive in late September. I just found this great place to begin — David Pogue on Yahoo Tech gives us a Deep Plunge of the "57 Coolest Features" in the new OS.
The new iOS version looks and feels just the same as before, and everything’s in the same places; nothing new will confuse you. But don’t let appearances fool you; Apple’s software plastic surgeons have made hundreds of little tweaks that are intended to make its mobile devices faster, smarter, and more stable.
Do you have an iOS 9 beta on any of your devices? How is it holding up for you so far?
There wasn't a too much enterprise meat at yesterday's WWDC keynote buffet, but the feast isn't over yet! A session focused on enterprise and education is going to give us a lot more to chew on. The session begins at 11:00 San Francisco time, and if we are lucky it may be live-streamed for Apple Developer Program members.
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On the enterprise developer page, Apple is teasing a guide to "What's New — Coming Soon." By "Soon" I assume they mean "this afternoon." At the same time, as last year, Apple may be updating their prerelease reference guide for configuration profIles. It isn't updates yet, but when they do I'll post a summary here.
Apple today announced the next version of iOS — iOS 9 — at it's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. There's a lot of info posted on the usual news sites covering the marquee features. But there's also some great info available to the public, if you can find it. Never fear; I've found it for you.
(There's much more available if you are a member of the relaunched Apple Developer Program. Those are still under NDA so we won't be discussing them here.)
- Prerelease documentation
- iOS 9 Release Notes
- Apple Configuration 2.0 beta
- New Enterprise Development Page
The public release notes contain a line I found to be quite interesting:
The AvailableOSUpdates MDM command fails on unsupervised devices as an unknown command. The command succeeds only on supervised DEP-enrolled devices.
Does that mean MDM will be able to manage iOS updates with iOS 9? One can hope.
Of course if you are in San Francisco for WWDC, join us at our annual WWDC meetup Wednesday night!
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