A look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino. This week’s Apple Loop includes Apple 15 Ultra news, more iPhone 14 issues, an iPhone 14 Pro review, the MacBook Pro update hiding, Apple removing VK apps from the App Store, Microsoft removing Swiftkey, and Tim Cook is still teasing AR and VR plans.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the very large amount of discussion that has taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly roundup of Android news here on Forbes).
Stunning iPhone 15 leaks
If you thought it was interesting that Apple generated a difference in specs between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro, then the introduction of a third “even higher” tier in the putative iPhone 15 Ultra will be something you’re intensely interested in will deal with:
“It comes with 256GB of base storage, USB-C (potentially with Thunderbolt 4 speeds), and a dual front-facing camera display…only the iPhone 15 Ultra will have dual front-facing cameras, and while rivals with dual front-facing in the In the past, the function had disappeared compared to cameras (especially the Pixel 3/3XL) in recent years. This is often a cue for Apple to reinvent something and show how things should have been done all along.
(Majin Bear via Forbes).
More iPhone 14 problems
More power management issues for the iPhone 14 family have come to light, with reports of random reboots when users charge their phones across various Apple communities. It’s a problem that was present at launch and also persists in the unreleased iOS 16.1:
“I just got the iPhone 14 Pro and since then I’ve noticed that it restarts on charge (MagSafe/Cable),” the first poster wrote. “It doesn’t restart at all when disconnected from the charger. Anyone else have similar problems?”
Affected iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners added that this is happening on all versions of iOS 16, including the new iOS 16.1 beta, and that the reboots are occurring on both third-party and official Apple Lightning cables and MagSafe chargers .”
(Reddit via Forbes).
iPhone 14 Pro camera review
Still, the iPhone 14 Pro is a serious piece of kit (which gets a lot more scrutinized and dissected than most flagships). As always, one of the most important features used by manufacturers to show a phone’s evolution and progression through the camera. Jason Snell considers this to be part of his comprehensive review:
“While you can get a 48-megapixel image out of the iPhone 14 Pro, you must do so by enabling RAW capture in the Settings app. These RAW shots are slow – it takes a second or more for the camera to be available to take another shot after you’ve taken one – and they’re huge (80-100MB each). But they are also spectacularly detailed, especially in bright light. Yes, they can be a little noisy, but with a little work in a RAW photo editor (I used Adobe Lightroom Classic), I was able to create great-looking images with an amazing level of detail I’d never been able to achieve on an iPhone before .”
The MacBook update you may never see
October will see the introduction of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with the M2 architecture (the chipsets presumably called the M2 Pro and M2 Max) and the debate about the first Mac Pro with Apple Silicon. But will these key products be rewarded with a full launch, or just a quiet press release and a few hands-on interviews with select journalists? Mark Gurman speculates:
“None of these new products represent a big change for Apple. They will get some upgraded specs and a chip that was previously announced at a formal event in June at WWDC 2022. This makes me think: Does Apple really have enough to do here? is it worth throwing another highly polished launch event?
“It seems unlikely. Apple may end up feeling differently, but I think the company (for now) will announce its remaining products for 2022 via press releases, updates to its website, and briefings with select members of the press rather than a big keynote in the iPhone -Style.”
(Turn on via 9to5Mac).
Russian social networking apps have been removed from the Apple Store
Apple has withdrawn a number of Russia-based social media apps from the App Store, including the app for social network VK. Because Apple operates in the UK, government sanctions mean Apple can no longer do business with the app’s developers, resulting in the termination of developer accounts and subsequent delistings:
“Russia’s communications regulator on Wednesday demanded an explanation from Apple after apps operated by Russian state-controlled tech firm VK were removed from the US firm’s app store… Apple said it was following the laws in the jurisdictions in which the company operates. Apple said the apps in issues were distributed by developers majority owned or controlled by one or more parties sanctioned by the UK government.”
Swiftkeys not so fast exit
Microsoft has confirmed that its third-party keyboard for iOS, Swiftkey, will be removed from the App Store after a year without updates. Support will continue for anyone who already has the app installed, but no upgrades will be offered and no ability to move the app to a new device (or a device that needs a reset) can be offered. The suspicion is that Apple Switkey doesn’t give access to the same functions as its own built-in keyboard. Mary Jo Foley reports:
“I asked for the official reason why Microsoft made this decision and was told that officials had nothing more to say. I suspect the decision had as much to do with Apple’s policy on protecting its walled garden as anything else. The Microsoft Phone Link team understands that there is no easy or good way to get a product that needs integration working if Apple doesn’t provide access to certain interfaces.
Tim Cook is once again preaching AR and VR, addressing a topic that has been debated in tech discussion circles for decades and hinting that this is a unique problem that only Apple can solve and unlock for the rest of the world. Expecting “next year” for many years, the bar continues to be raised for the mythical Apple headset:
“I am very enthusiastic about augmented reality. Because I think we had a great conversation here today, but if we could add something from the virtual world to that, I guess it would have been even better. So I think that when you, and it’s definitely going to happen in a not too long time, when you look back at a point in time, you know, zoom into the future and look back, you’re going to wonder how your life would be without augmented reality today we wonder how people like me grew up without the internet. And that’s why I think it could be so profound, and it won’t be profound overnight…”
(Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II via MacRumors).
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