New iOS 15.2 features, Apple Business Essentials, and macOS Shortcuts on the AppleInsider podcast

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On this week's episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, your hosts discuss the new features in iOS 15.2 including Child Safety in Messages, talk about Apple's announcement that it might be "Sherlocking" Jamf with its own business device management program, and more.

Apple released the second beta of iOS 15.2 revealing new features including legacy contacts, Child Safety in Messages, and App Privacy Support. Legacy contacts will allow users to specify specific people to have access to their iCloud data after death, while App Privacy Support will reveal what apps have been using a device microphone, camera, and accessing externals URLs.

Child Safety in Messages was initially slated to roll out with CSAM earlier this Fall, but Apple has chosen to release these features separately. Child Safety in Messages has also removed the ability for parents to receive a notification if sensitive photos are sent or received by a child iCloud account.

Apple Business Essentials was announced this week that will give small to large businesses a mobile device management option directly from Apple. Third-party services such as Jamf have offered large-scale device management for business of all sizes, but Apple's first-party offering will include features previously inaccessible. The program is set to launch fully in Spring 2022 with a free beta available now to users approved for the program.

Our hosts discuss the new 14-inch MacBook Pro and some of the accessory compatibility challenges when upgrading. Buyers waiting for their custom orders of the new MacBook Pro models may still be waiting multiple weeks as companies like Uber and Twitter are equipping their app developer teams with fully loaded M1 Max computers.

We round out the show comparing Mac utilities to macOS Shortcuts, using AppleScript, and creative ways to use iPhone as a CarPlay substitute.

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