Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a massive iPhone 14 leak, first look at iPhone 14 Pro, iPad Pro challenges MacBook Air, Apple’s 3D Touch blueprints, dramatically reduced iPhone orders, stalled stolen iPhone repairs, and Apple’s financial ambitions.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many, many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news roundup here on Forbes).
Everything looks a little bigger through the lens 14
More details on Apple’s iPhone 14 plans have been leaked. We’re already eyeing a bigger handset and a higher price, but there’s some good news in these annoying leaks… the camera upgrade looks substantial, with resolution being the clear winner. Surely that must be worth a bigger camera bump?
“A jump of up to 35% for the CMOS image sensor is huge, as is the quadrupling of iPhone camera resolution – Apple has stuck with a 12-megapixel main camera since the release of the iPhone 6S in 2015. Kuo’s comments also refer to the recently leaked detailed schematics of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, which show a 15% increase in camera bump thickness rear as a result. A bump that had already increased considerably last year on the iPhone 13 range.”
This is your best iPhone 14 preview yet
Thanks to all the leaks, the look of the iPhone 14 family becomes clear. As expected, Apple is taking an evolutionary approach to the handset, as the latest concept renders from the community highlight:
“Recently, multiple sources have been talking about the integration of a punch-hole camera. Various CAD renders have also appeared online, showing exactly what the new front camera with Face ID will look like. Based on all the information already available, graphic designer Parvez Khan, aka Technizo Concept, created a series of product renders for LetsGoDigital of the alleged Apple iPhone 14 Pro.”
(Let’s go digital).
The iPad Pro challenges the MacBook Air in 2022
The lines between Apple’s tablets and Apple’s laptops continue to blur, with the iPad Pro update expected later this year. Why does this blur the lines? Because the macOS powering M2 Apple Silicon is expected to appear in the upcoming iPad Pro. There’s a chance this could beat the MacBook Air to the punch like the early M2:
A direct successor to the chip powering Apple’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and higher-end tablets, the rumored M2 processor is said to have the same 8-core processor as the M1, but with greater efficiency thanks to the processor 4 nanometers from TSMC. It should also offer slightly better graphics performance with 9- and 10-core CPU options, up from the current 7- and 8-core versions of the M1.
Touching the MacBook
Looking further ahead, the latest set of patents released by Apple revisits the idea of a force-sensitive area, whether it’s a watch face, screen, or trackpad. The latter will be of interest to Mac fans, given the lack of touchscreen or fingerprint-based = haptic devices in the platform.
“The new technology, if installed, would allow the touchpad to be more responsive to touch, be able to detect gradual pressure increases, and increase the flexibility of the touchpad for many groups; for those who have an artistic bent, the touchpad would be more akin to a graphics tablet than a portable replacement for a mouse.”
Being a patent, it may never appear or it may appear in a few months. Exciting times (Forbes).
Not as many iPhones as you first thought
Apple plans to reduce orders for the iPhone SE and AirPod lines as demand continues to slow amid continued supply chain pressures, rising inflation and ripple effects or the invasion of the coronavirus. Ukraine by Russia.
“The company expects to produce 20% fewer iPhone SEs — or about 2-3 million units — in the next quarter than originally planned, the report says. It adds that Apple has also reduced AirPods orders for 2022 of more than 10 million units.”
(Nikkei via Reuters).
Stolen iPhones are no longer repairable
In a step that many believed was already in place, Apple would stop repairing iPhones listed as missing or stolen in the GSMA’s Device Registry. This applies to both Apple’s Apple Store Centers and any Authorized Service Provider. It will be interesting to see if there are grounds for granting exemptions, or if this is a blanket 100% ban for staff to implement:
“If an Apple technician sees a message in their internal MobileGenius or GSX systems that the device has been reported as missing, they are prompted to decline repair, according to Apple’s memo shared on Monday. The new policy should help reduce the amount of stolen iPhones brought to Apple for repair.”
Beware of Apple’s financial services expansion. After the Apple Card, the company is looking to bring more internal financial services under its control
“A multi-year plan would bring a wide range of financial tasks in-house, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are not public. This includes payment processing, risk assessment for loans , fraud analysis, credit checks and additional customer service features such as dispute management.”
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