Systems Manager can deploy operating system updates to iOS 9+ devices which are not configured to use Single App mode and macOS 10.11+ devices on either an individual client basis or in bulk via a command on the Devices List. The OS Update command will cause the device to download the update and will prompt the user to 'Update Now' or delay the update.

MDM OS Update Commands are only available for Supervised 10.3+ iOS devices, or DEP enrolled and pushed Macs. iOS devices older than 10.3 will require DEP-supervision specifically.

Updating on a Per-Client Basis (iOS)

  1. Learn how to install software updates on your Mac as soon as they're available, so you always have the latest macOS features and security enhancements.
  2. Step 3: Choose Update/Upgrade Now. An 'Update Now' option is used when your current macOS version has some minor updates. While 'Upgrade Now' is used when a new macOS with a new name is installed. Also, you can check the 'Automatically keep my Mac up to date' option to install new updates automatically.
  3. Periodically, Apple releases updates to your macOS software (which can include updates to apps that come with your Mac and important security updates). If you receive a notification that software updates are available, you can choose when to install the updates, or choose to be reminded the next day.
  4. Even if your Mac is no longer receiving operating system updates, it might still have a resale value on the second-hand market. Apple computers (and other gadgets) are sought after, so head to eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace and see what similar models are selling for. One of the better ways of retiring your Mac is to use it as a server.

Updates can be deployed to individual iOS clients via a Live Tool on the Client Details Page:

Mac Os Operating System Update

Click the Software Update option. Choose the upgrades you wish to install in the Software Update menu. When using OS X 10.3, click 'Check Now.' Versions of Mac OS X 10.5 and later have the ability to run software update checks automatically. These checks can run in the background.

Updating Multiple Clients

Multiple clients can be commanded to update via the Command dropdown on the Client List page. Select the clients which you wish to update and select 'Install available OS updates' from the Command drop-down menu:

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Delaying OS Updates


On iOS 11.3+ and macOS 10.13.4+ devices, it is also possible to delay available OS update prompts to the end user for up to 90 days. This is configured in the 'Restrictions' payload found in Systems Manager > Manage > Settings.

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