Real time iOS syslog information

Like OS X devices iPhones and iPads also provide a lot of useful information via system logging. It is possible to access this information using iTunes, but this information is not real-time.

Apple Configurator 2

Apple’s tool to configure iOS devices has a nice feature that will install a command line utility. Simply click in the menu bar on Apple Configurator 2. In the dropdown menu you’ll see the option to install ‘Automation Tools’.

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Once the installation is completed you can open a terminal session and type:

The terminal will show realtime syslog events from your device which is attached via an USB cable.

See below how an ‘update info’ request from a MDM server is logged:

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