Apple has officially discontinued macOS Server, its long-neglected server feature set for managing Mac and iOS devices.
Apple announced the discontinuation of its 23-year-old server software in a new support document, but adds that the $20 standalone app can still be used by existing customers with macOS Monterey, the latest version of the system. Apple desktop operating. However, the app has a 1.5 star rating on the App Store.
“Effective April 21, 2022, Apple has discontinued macOS Server. Existing macOS Server customers can continue to download and use the application with macOS Monterey,” Apple says in the support note.
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He adds that popular server features, such as Caching Server, File Sharing Server, and Time Machine Server, are being bundled with macOS High Sierra and later, “so even more customers can access these essential services at no additional cost.” .
It also offers links to mobile device management (MDM) alternatives for those migrating from Apple’s Profile Manager, which was one of only two services still available in the latest version of macOS Server.
The final end of macOS Server should really come as no surprise. Apple moved many features from macOS Server in 2018, before which it had VPN server, networking services, domain name server, firewall, mail server, calendar, messages, AirPort management, etc.
As ZDNet’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols noted at the time, Apple’s focus on servers faded as the company shifted its focus to consumers with iPhone and Mac.
And by 2018, Apple had already moved services like Caching Server, Time Machine Server, and advanced file sharing options to the standard desktop version of macOS. As such, macOS Server now joins Xserve, its enterprise server hardware that Apple killed in 2010, just as Apple was building the first of its billion-plus data centers to support loads iTunes, App Store and iPhone content.