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Jamf announces support for Apple fall releases across its product portfolio

Jamf, which specializes in Apple management, says it’s prepared with both compatibility and key feature support across its product portfolio for Apple’s macOS Catalina, which was released yesterday. 

Jamf Pro and Jamf School support Apple’s new User Enrollment framework, a feature currently available in Apple’s beta program, giving admins a new way to manage devices while protecting their users’ privacy for devices that aren’t institutionally owned. Apple has provided a curated set of management capabilities specifically designed for BYOD. 

Jamf Pro previously limitied what information an admin could see about “BYOD” devices. Supporting User Enrollment is another step forward in how Jamf admins can ensure workplace security while also enabling employees to access work email and apps on their personal devices, according to CEO Dean Hager. 

Jamf Pro and Jamf School now support Enrollment Customization, a secure and automated enrollment experience that also delivers new personalized customization options like a welcome screen and support for modern authentication during enrollment. Jamf admins can now configure “PreStage Panes” to display user agreements, authentication prompts and other content in the Jamf Pro interface to deliver a more secure and even better out-of-the-box user experience. 

As organizations scale their Apple ecosystems, users often end up having to sign in more frequently to third-party software. Hager says Jamf is helping power a better user experience by streamlining the number of times they need to sign into third-party software through new single sign-on extension configuration options in Jamf Pro and Jamf School. 

In addition to these three core areas of new feature support, Jamf Pro and Jamf School also support a new, more secure macOS filesystem architecture that separates user and data partitions at the system root, bringing parity with iOS. This is a major improvement for IT admins looking to offer a more secure macOS experience as it further secures the operating system, which began with Apple’s System Integrity Protection (SIP) technology in OS X El Capitan, according to Hager.

Jamf Connect, Jamf’s streamlined solution for Mac authentication and account management, also delivers on day-zero compatibility support for all customers. Additionally, Jamf Connect has added new identity providers this year, including Microsoft Azure, OneLogin, Ping, IBM and Google, in addition to Okta, increasing the amount of enterprise-level workflows it can handle.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.