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iOS 10

Apple released iOS 10 today. This update brings all sorts of upgrades and features. There is one particular that is quite useful if you are running a Mac server to host your mail, notes, calendars and other features in macOS Server. 

In past versions of iOS, you can easily setup with services like iCloud, Exchange, and Yahoo. Logging in will let you activate all their services like calendar and mail. With iOS 10 you can do this same thing with macOS server. Thanks to The Brooks Review for finding this new option. 

In Settings, choose Mail -> Accounts -> Add Account and you'll presented with these options:

Mail Accounts

It's unfortunate it's not right there, but you can choose "Other" for a couple more options:

Other Mail Options

Choosing "macOS Server Account" will prompt you to add the information. Simple add the IP or hostname and then your username and password:

Mac Server Info

Your phone will quickly log in and present to you all the services that are available on the server:

macOS Server services

All of the above options can be quite useful when you're looking to keep your data on a server that you own. VPN is especially great when you're on the road and want to protect your data. However, File Sharing is there and can be enabled but I have no idea where it's accessible. If you know, send us a note on Twitter at @Macstadium

Update -  A helpful tweet from a customer:

@BenjaminBrooks @brianstucki You must use an app that can switch file picker location. Readdle Documents works.
— Athanasios (@athanasiosa) September 13, 2016

Many of these services can be added by your IT staff remotely if you are running an MDM server using Profile Manager. But if you run a server to manage family lists or a small business, and each person brings their own iOS device, this is a quick way for them to get all of their services up and running quickly.

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