Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes some shock iPhone 15 Pro details, questions around the next MacBook Air, new iPhone camera details, the latest iOS security problems, Final Cut Pro for iPad reviewed, Apple loses a manufacturing partner, new headset trademarks discovered, and Minnesota’s right to repair law.
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).
Shock iPhone 15 Pro Details
Apple’s next iPhone, the titular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lines, are looking less revolutionary and more evolutionary with every leak. Fewer big changes are being implemented for 2023’s iPhone, with a tweak to the screen for the selfie camera and forward-looking sensors looking like one of the few ‘innovations; Tim Cook will have to sell the new handset come September:
“The leaker’s disdain for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is perhaps unsurprising. Based on Unknownz21’s own leaks and photos, these models will be cheaper versions of the iPhone 14 Pro, using last year’s A16 chipset and moving over to the Dynamic Island punch-hole design.
Refresh The iPhone 14 Or Wait For The iPhone 16?
With the iPhone 15 family feeling more like a mid-cycle update on the iPhone 14 family (almost like an iPhone 14S, to use the old naming cues), the real changes are expected in the iPhone 16. With CAD models leaked this week, the design for the next-generation handsets is becoming clearer:
“…the iPhone 16 would be returning to a vertical layout last seen on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. The leaker said this change will make the device “instantly recognizable” as the latest model, at least when combined with other newer design aspects like the Dynamic Island and a USB-C port.”
The Time To Update iOS Once More
More details on the latest vulnerability to hit the iPhone have come to light. The teams who discovered the exploits have responsibly waited until after Apple rolled out a patch in iOS 16.5 to discuss the issues. As always, the advice is to ensure your iOS software is as up-to-date as possible – the latest version for current models and the most recent security patches for iOS on older models:
“The vulnerability, known as ColdInvite (CVE-2023-27930), comes on the heels of a previously mitigated vulnerability dubbed ColdIntro (CVE-2022-32894). Both vulnerabilities enable attackers to escape the secure ‘isolation environment’ of a coprocessor (chips that help the main processor complete tasks more quickly). Attackers can use these chips to gain access to the iPhone’s kernel, which is a core part of the device’s operating system.”
Is Now The Time To Buy A New Macbook?
With Apple widely expected to launch a new MacBook Air at next month’s WWDC, Tim Cook and his team will be hoping that the sales of the first 15-inch consumer MacBook Air will reverse the trend of falling laptop sales in general and MacBooks in particular. The larger display should help with that, but Apple is gambling that using the same specs as last year’s Air will not be an impediment to sales:
“…Morgan Stanley analyst Erik Woodring said Quanta Computer guided for high single-digit percentage growth in the number of notebooks it assembles in the second quarter of 2023, compared to the first quarter. Woodring believes this increase is driven in part by new MacBooks. With MacBook sales slowing, the hope in Cupertino will be that many are waiting for the long-trailed larger MacBook”
iPad’s Final Cut Pro Reviewed
Apple’s launch of both Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for the iPad should unlock more professional uses of the iPad (assuming you have the required specs in your iPad Pro). But are they any good? Vjeran Pavic reviews the former; it’s solid, but there are issues:
“Overall, there are a lot of things I liked about editing with Final Cut Pro on the iPad. But I’m surprised at how many of the features are missing — the coloring options are lacking, some very common features like the blade tool or ability to enable and disable clips are gone, you can’t import LUTs, the stabilization is missing… I could go on. I wouldn’t even say these are necessarily “professional” level tools. And …the whole file management side of things. It baffles me!”
Someone Has Left The Building
While there have been labor issues reported about the company, Wistron has pulled out of manufacturing Apple products in India. Apple’s might allows it to demand competitive pricing from its suppliers. But as Apple looks to move away from China, losing even its smallest manufacturer in India will need careful planning:
“Employees and industry executives told ET that Wistron had been contemplating an exit as it didn’t see long-term profitability in being a mere assembler of the final product… “Wistron has not been able to make any money from the Apple business in India. It has tried to negotiate with Apple for higher margins, but being a smaller player as compared to Foxconn and Pegatron globally, it did not have the necessary leverage,” said an executive.”
(Economic Times India, via 9to5Mac).
What’s In An AR Name?
Ahead of this year’s WWDC, which should be dominated by Apple’s plans for a mixed-reality headset, many have spotted some curious trademark applications around the world from unique companies. Is Apple preparing to cover all the potential names of the brave new augmented frontier?
“”Deep Dive LLC,” believed to be a Delaware-based shell company controlled by Apple, has already filed for trademarks for “xrOS” and “XROS,” thought to be the operating system used by the headset, in countries including New Zealand and Singapore… Previously, Apple was believed to have filed for trademarks including “Reality OS,” “Reality One,” “Reality Pro,” and “Reality Processor,” again under what could be a shell company.”
Minnesota has passed a Right-To-Repair law this week, which will open up the option of repair through third-party companies to countless iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. Perhaps the biggest victory is lurking inside the bill, as Elizabeth Chamberlain notes. The information to conduct the repair? That needs to be made available as well:
“If it’s got electronics and it’s not on the pretty small list of exclusions, manufacturers have to provide all Minnesotans the same parts, tools, and documentation they make available to their own repair providers. This law will level the playing field for independent repair shops in Minnesota for all kinds of things. And it’ll make DIY repair more accessible than ever.
“But most exciting for everyone outside Minnesota: Manufacturers must make repair and service documentation freely available. Free as in “free beer”—no cost at all.”
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