How to delay Apple OS updates using an MDM solution

How to delay Apple OS updates using an MDM solution

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With iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, Apple made it possible for IT administrators to delay the update of its operating system for up to 90 days using a mobile device management (MDM) solution.

Apple released iOS 13 recently, and will announce the release of macOS Catalina within the next month. If you would like to delay the update of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina on your school's devices, make sure to configure this management profile using your MDM solution before the OS upgrades are available to users.

We always recommend you have all your Apple devices updated to the latest version of Apple's operating systems, being able to use all the new MDM capabilities and other great new Apple features.

But if you'd like to configure the restriction so the iOS and macOS devices have the OS upgrade delayed, keep reading this article to set up the restriction before the release of the upcoming operating systems.

Why do IT admins delay the OS update?

There are a couple of reasons why IT administrators like delaying the update of an upcoming operating system in their Apple device deployment.

The major reason for delaying the OS update, is that IT admins are used to testing all of Apple’s new capabilities made available through the new OS versions, as well as making sure all the educational apps that the school uses are ready to go before deploying the new OS to the devices of students and teachers.

Another cause is avoiding all the users downloading the software update all at once, consuming a lot of the network bandwidth suddenly - but of course it's always important to keep your network infrastructure optimized so it works seamlessly with the MDM solution.

How to delay the operating system upgrade?

Each mobile device management solution will provide a way to allow the IT admins to set up an OS delay based on the capability that Apple made available with iOS 11.3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

We provide a management profile in which the IT administrator can delay the availability of the software update for up to 90 days after its release date.

Heads up: when enabling this restriction, the students, teachers and/or staff won’t even see the update until the specified number of days has ended.

If you would like to delay the update of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina 10.15 on your school's devices, make sure to configure this management profile using your MDM solution before the users upgrade their devices.

Heads up: this feature is only available for supervised devices, with iOS 11.3 or macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

To set up this MDM capability using Mosyle Manager as your MDM made for Education, go to Management > Software Delay. You will be able to see when the OS update will be available to the device in the Devices area.

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