Friday Notebook, June 7: Apple WWDC 2019, Google Stadia

Also: Windows 10 performance; a deep dive on Xi Frame; a guide to Mac ransomware; and more.

From Jack Madden and Kyle Johnson

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Jack: When you have both IDaaS and UEM, where do you build your conditional access policies? A lot of IDaaS and UEM capabilities overlap, including authentication, third-party security integration, and contextual policy engines.

Jack: A quick list of new enterprise features in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS 10.15 Catalina. Apple is unleashing a wave of BYOD and identity management features. We’ll get the full details in the coming days and weeks, but for now, hello User Enrollment!

Kyle: Will Edge on Chromium be a good enterprise browser choice? A Microsoft browser that more people might actually want to use.

Jack: More notes from Citrix Synergy 2019: Cloud resilience, UEM strategy, IGEL, Samsung, and more. Also including Flexxible IT and eG Innovations.

Industry news

This week is WWDC week, and while we’ve seen the initial enterprise features in iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS 10.15 Catalina (see above), we won’t get the full details until today, Friday, June 7, when Apple livestreams “What’s New in Managing Apple Devices” at 11:00 am PDT. You can watch it live here or catch the recording here. We’ll have a post with full analysis on Monday, and over the summer, expect lots of UEM and IDaaS vendors to start talking about their implementation plans. Other sessions to watch out for include “What’s New in Authentication, Safari, and WebKit,” “App Distribution – From Ad-hoc to Enterprise,” and “Introducing Sign In with Apple.”

Here are a few more WWDC stories and roundups that caught our eye:

  • Wired: Apple's 'Find My' Feature Uses Some Very Clever Cryptography
  • Tidbits: The Dark Side of Dark Mode
  • The Verge: Apple is supposedly reserving the right to review enterprise-signed apps. However, this is something that came from the Developer Program License Agreements, which are not public, and the tweet that was the source for the article was taken down.
  • Also, there’s been a lot of talk about the fact that Sign In with Apple will be required if your app also supports other social IdPs like Facebook and Google, and that the Human Interface Guidelines recommend placing the button above these competitors.
  • MDM for parental controls will be allowed.

Moving on to other news, it was a quiet week.

BlackBerry Messenger has shut down, but BBM Enterprise is still available, and will now be offered to consumers. Via the official BlackBerry blog.

More reads and notes

Moore’s Law of Windows 10. Community-based research from (formerly ICT-R) confirms that every new version needs more resources.

Another vulnerability affecting RDP, via The Hacker News. Evidently it “does not meet the Microsoft Security Servicing Criteria for Windows.”

Here’s a handy deep dive and review of Nutanix Xi Frame, by Nicolas Ignoto.

Fleetsmith blog: An Apple Admin’s Guide to Ransomware. I really like the way Fleetsmith thinks and writes about security. (Note, this article was written before macOS 10.15.)

Google Stadia details

On Thursday, Google revealed more details around Stadia, including pricing and availability. Google officially announced Stadia back in March following months of their public beta, Project Stream. We took a look at it then and commented on how Stadia could be VDI for the masses. On Thursday, Google showed off multiple games, with it being a mix of older and upcoming titles (Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Gylt, Tomb Raider, Division 2). For those interested, a premium subscription called Stadia Pro will be available for $9.99 per month and will provide the highest streaming quality (4k HDR, 60fps, 5.1 surround sound). Google also started taking orders on Stadia Founder’s Edition for $129, which gets you a Chromecast Ultra (required to play on TV at launch), the limited-edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, three months of Stadia Pro for you and a buddy, plus Destiny 2 and all it’s released DLC and the annual pass. Coming in 2020, there will also be Stadia Base, where users purchase just the game(s) they wish to play. Stadia will be available in 14 countries to start off, with more being added in 2020. Google says that users will need at least 10mbps to play Stadia at 720p, with 4k needing 35mbps. Stadia Base players will be restricted to 1080p and stereo sound. I (Kyle writing here) am not a fan of this aspect, personally.

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