Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest leaked iPhone 15 Pro specs, display problems for new iPhone, WWDC dates announced, massive OS updates, MacBook Air updates, RealityPro speculation, and a new way to use Apple pay.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
When The iPhone 15 Pro Is Off
One of the visible changes to the iPhone 15 Pro, when it launches later this year, will be the removal of the Alert Slider, and the replacement of the volume buttons with solid-state buttons. Normally these buttons need a phone to be on to work, but Apple is planning a new chipset to allow for the buttons to continue to be registered, even when the main battery is dead:
“The insider states that this functionality is all down to an all-new micro-processor coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, which will replace Apple’s ‘Super Low Energy Mode’ used on current models. Super Low Energy Mode is currently capable of using Apple Pay and activating Bluetooth for the Find My Network when the battery is dead.”
iPhone 15 Facing Display Issues
The iPhone 15 displays look to be causing a bit of a headache. The small changes to the front-mounted sensors from the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 15 have seen Apple switch from BOE to Samsung for the initial order of OLED panels.
“The OLED panel being planned for the standard model of iPhone 15 is similar to those used in iPhone 14 but now it has a hole at the top for the front camera and various sensors. BOE is facing light leak problems around the hole and has missed the chance become one of the initial suppliers of the hole-display panels.
(Gordon Kelly via The Elec).
WWDC Dates Announced
Apple has announced the dates for 2023’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which will take place between June 5th and June 9th. The vast majority of WWDC will take place online, but there will be an ‘in-person’ keynote and a handful of special events:
“We’ll host a special all-day experience at Apple Park to kick off an incredible week of online sessions, labs, and activities. Join us in person to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, meet some of the teams at Apple, celebrate great apps at the Apple Design Awards ceremony, and enjoy activities into the evening.”
The Important OS Update Bullet Point Is…
Apple released point updates across its board of operating systems this week; (deep breath) we now have iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, macOS 13.3 Ventura, watchOS 9.4, tvOS 16.4, and HomePod Software 16.4 But the biggest news?
“Is it weird that Apple’s release notes for iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS 13.3 Ventura lead off with the fact they include 21 new emoji? The only appropriate response is to channel my inner teen by rolling my eyes and muttering, “Whatever.”
Looking Closely At The MacBook Air
The MacBook Air is expected to be refreshed with the new M3 Apple Silicon chip, but the supply lines suggest that the bigger change, and one that will have a significant impact on the laptop, will not happen at WWDC, but later in the laptop’s life.
“The new model featured a bigger display compared to the 13.3-inch M1 MacBook Air. Now, display analyst Ross Young states in a tweet with his super followers that Apple will launch a new 13.4-inch model of the MacBook Air with an OLED display. The machine will sit in the middle of the previous and the new model in terms of display size.”
Maybe There’s No Headset At WWDC
Tim Cook has marched his virtual army up the mixed reality hill. While the geekerati may be happy if no Mixed Reality headset shows up at WWDC – and there’s a strong argument that Apple releases the SDK and software tools ahead of the headset – the narrative set in the press is expecting the magical hat to arrive. What if it’s not ready?
“[Apple Analyst Ming-Chi] Kuo explained that Apple “isn’t very optimistic” about whether the headset will be able to create an “iPhone moment.” As a result, the company has chosen to delay the device’s mass production schedule to the middle to the end of the third quarter of 2023. Kuo believes that the delay adds uncertainty around “whether the new device will appear at WWDC 2023, as the market widely expects.”
Apple has increased the option of Apple Pay users to obtain credit lines with Apple Pay Later, which allows for single purchases to have payments spread over a fixed number of months – in this case four months:
“Apple today introduced Apple Pay Later in the U.S. Designed with users’ financial health in mind, Apple Pay Later1 allows users to split purchases into four payments, spread over six weeks with no interest and no fees.2 Users can easily track, manage, and repay their Apple Pay Later loans in one convenient location in Apple Wallet”
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