Tuesday Morning News

hermes_largeThe Apple Watch Hermès collection is now available. First unveiled at Apple’s September event as a collaboration between Apple and Hermès, the collection features three distinct leather bands, as well as the exclusive watch face featuring Hermès’ iconography. If you want to take a look at the collection, you’ll need to head in-store — in Australia, both the Sydney and Bondi stores will be carrying the Apple Watch Hermès collection.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has emailed staff to ask them to remember Steve Jobs, not as the individual portrayed by recent films, but as someone who “loved the people with whom he worked so closely”, inviting staff to ask people who had worked with Jobs to “ask what he was really like”. 9to5Mac has the full email, which also shares Cook’s thoughts on Jobs’ legacy.

Interestingly, Apple has begun selling third-party watch band adapters. The official Apple Watch lugs carry laser-etched “Made for Apple Watch” text in order to prove their authenticity, and are being sold via a distributor in lots of 25 or 200. Only stainless steel lugs are available, although both 38mm and 42mm models are being provided for compatibility reasons. There’s no word on whether Apple or its distributors will be selling the lugs separately (it’s possible they’re just selling them to watch band manufacturers for the time being), but hey, at least official adapters are out there.

An Apple support article tells us about System Integrity Protection, a new security feature included in OS X El Capitan that helps prevent your system from malicious software.

The Mac Observer writes that OS X security is a lot better than you think. Built-in security mechanisms such as XProtect and Gatekeeper mean that provided users have a little common sense and aren’t downloading shady software from websites, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll never have to worry about your Mac being affected by serious security vulnerabilities.

Joe Caiati digs into diagnostics and usage data on iOS devices, telling us about common entries and logs that could indicate some kind of issue. If any of the entries have ever mystified you, you should check out his article to see what it all means.

Philips’ Bridge 2.0 brings HomeKit compatibility to its Hue series of colour-changing connected lightbulbs. Turning off lightbulbs using your voice is cool and all (especially with always-on “Hey Siri” on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus), but you’ll need to buy a new Bridge unit for US $59 to get on board the HomeKit train.

Microsoft has acknowledged stability issues in Office 2016 with OS X El Capitan, and is working on fixes.

MacStories tells us about Adobe’s iOS app refresh — some apps get new features, while others get minor updates to bring them in line with other apps from Adobe.

A tech demo showing off 3D Touch information being passed through to websites is pretty cool. I’d try it out, but I don’t have one of the new iPhones, so one of you that does will just have to try it and let me know how cool it actually is.

Notable Replies

  1. AVC says:

    Bit of a one-hit-wonder really… just shows how much force you’re applying to the screen and gives it in a numerical value, from 0.00000000 to 1.

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