Is Your Server Ready for iOS 9 and El Capitan?

Apple is enforcing a stronger encryption that applications need to use when connecting to their backends. Is your server secure enough to meet Apple’s standards? Being HTTPS doesn’t necessarily imply that it’s good enough.

Apple’s latest operating system updates – iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan – are enforcing stronger network encryption. This is wonderful for users – however it could mean extra work for developers and system administrators.

In short, applications are strongly encouraged to use HTTPS, TLS 1.2 and perfect forward secrecy. You might be saying to yourself, “We’re already serving through HTTPS, so we’re good.” As it turns out, it may not be that simple. It isn’t for Microsoft and you could be affected as well. Yes, at least one of Microsoft’s web services isn’t yet up to Apple’s security standards as of this writing.

One NSWindow handling multiple NSDocument instances

Cocoa’s document architecture envisions that a window should only handle one document. However library-type applications may need one window to handle multiple documents so that the user can easily switch between libraries without restarting the application. Here’s how you can hack AppKit so that a single window handle multiple documents.