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  • 1.  Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 24 days ago

    Apple announced a new Continuity feature in macOS Sequoia called iPhone Mirroring at the World Wide Developers Conference.  According to Tech Crunch -https://techcrunch.com/2024/06/10/with-macos-sequoia-you-can-mirror-your-iphone-on-your-mac/ - this new feature "will allow users to mirror their iPhone screen directly on their Mac and even control it, like swiping through pages on the Home Screen and launching apps via the Mac's trackpad."

    The feature was briefly discussed on the MacAdmins Podcast - https://podcast.macadmins.org/2024/06/14/flashcast-14-wwdc-2024-live/ - where Dr. Emily Kausalik asked how schools will be able to manage this on the devices.

    As we review our cell phone policies and discuss student distraction, social media, and wellness/mental health, this is something that we now need to consider.

    If school policies aim to limit access to personal cell phones during the school day, this new feature introduces a new wrinkle in these plans.  At this point, I can't say what options mobile device management platforms, such as JAMF, will allow us to limit or completely block this from the devices. 

    I want to ensure this is on everyone's radar as we all look to address these topics.  As I learn more, I will add to this post. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or insights on this, please share them below.

    [NOTE: I have also cross-posted this to the ISED listserv.]


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    William Stites
    Montclair Kimberley Academy
    Montclair NJ
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  • 2.  RE: Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 23 days ago
    Edited by William Stites 23 days ago

    I've put a few emails out for some more information on this, but I have a little more to share:

    • This new feature will be only available for Sequoia and iPhones running the required iOS version upon release
    • To use iPhone Mirroring, both your Mac and iPhone must have the same Apple Account
    • Only one iPhone can be mirrored at a time
    • The iPhone must be at the Lock Screen and not actively in use

    Also, if you have access to the AppleSeed for IT beta program, use Apple's feedback utility located within the AppleSeed beta releases at beta.apple.com/it so that engineering can directly hear those requirements and fixes.



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    William Stites
    Montclair Kimberley Academy
    Montclair NJ
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  • 3.  RE: Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 23 days ago

    Thank you for sharing!  I'm wondering how this will affect our school with BYOD (often Macs) operating in a Microsoft environment, and if there is any way we would be able to control for this.  I'm thinking about how best to advise parents and instructing them on how to set up their children's devices.



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    Lauren Henderson
    Dexter Southfield School
    Brookline MA
    lhenderson@dextersouthfield.org
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  • 4.  RE: Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 20 days ago
    Edited by Chris Hafner 12 days ago

    Apple has to give the methodology to manage such features for a provider (MDM or other), such as Jamf, Kandji, AppleClassroom, etc., to manage. These things might be worth bringing up with your Apple reps as well. From a functionality standpoint, I highly recommend getting involved with the beta programs for both your MDM management platform and Apple. Jamf, for one, seems to always have 0-day support for major OS releases, and I know they are focused on this type of management problem. It's part of why we use Jamf over any other.



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    Chris Hafner
    Brewster Academy
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  • 5.  RE: Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 20 days ago

    @Chris Hafner - Done (beta program) and I agree on reaching out directly to our Apple reps. I hope that the more people are aware of the potential issues the more momentum we can generate around our ability to manage this feature.



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    William Stites
    Montclair Kimberley Academy
    Montclair NJWilliam Stites
    Montclair Kimberley Academy
    Montclair NJ
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  • 6.  RE: Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 18 days ago

    Does anyone know the technical details on how this mirroring works?  I.e., is it AirPlay?  Something new?  Wondering if we can block the ports the functionality uses on a student SSID to disable it.

    Also, wondering if our existing Aruba client-isolation settings will already block it.  My guess is yes.



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    David Fulton-Howard
    Technical Support Manager
    McDonogh School
    Owings Mills, MD
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  • 7.  RE: Student Wellness/Mental Health, macOS Sequoia, and iPhone Mirroring

    Posted 18 days ago
    Edited by Chris Hafner 18 days ago

    I haven't seen all the protocol specs, but there are a certain number of assumptions we can make here. Continuity with screen mirroring requires a high bandwidth connection and an associated iCloud ID. At a minimum, these devices would need to be on the same subnet but will prefer a background AdHoc connection, much like screen mirroring used with AppleTV streaming. If you're managing AppleIDs for students, it should be relatively easy to control... but we have yet to see. If you are not using managed AppleIDs and allowing students to use personal IDs (As we do) then it will be a bit trickier. From our perspective, this is no different than any other distraction from a device. Laptops are a critical part of our classroom toolset so we continue to focus our efforts on physical classroom management. We will all be finding out more on this shortly I'm sure!



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    Chris Hafner
    Brewster Academy
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