Mysterious iPhone 14 revealed, Netflix’s iPad perk, disturbing MacBook Pro issues

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Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a new iPhone 14 surprise, the latest MacBook Pro issues, locking your iPhone, a larger Apple Watch, a lack of macOS updates, an Apple tech ration chip, and Netflix’s new sound on your iPad.

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).

When you leave Mini behind and want more

With the ports supply chain supplying many, if not all, of the specs for the next iPhone family, there’s still something new to learn. Apple could bring back an old brand to help sell the new iPhone:

“Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup is only two months away, and while leaks have revealed everything from their battery capacities to potential price increases, one surprising detail has been overlooked: a new name. The director Omdia’s senior researcher David Hsieh refers to the new device (and iPhone 13 Mini replacement) as “iPhone 14 Plus. That makes a lot of sense. It’s reminiscent of Apple’s previous branding for its larger phones and creates greater delineation between two 6.7-inch models.”

(Forbes).

Will the incoming MacBook Air have the same MacBook Pro issues?

Apple has confirmed that the M2-powered MacBook Air will ship next Friday (July 15) and pre-orders are now open to order the next Apple Silicon macOS laptops. But there are questions about the decision behind the new Mac’s specs:

“One question will be whether this holds up, given the throttling and performance issues facing the MacBook Pro M2. Another will be whether Apple has reduced the effective read and write speed of SSD storage. by running single SSD chips instead of paired SSD chips, another issue affecting some of the MacBook Pro M2 SKUs.”

(Forbes)

Apple finally locks your iPhone

Apple will introduce a “Lockdown” mode in the next version of iOS. Designed to limit the number of areas of software that can be attacked on the Internet, this includes limits on Messages, Safari, Apple services such as FaceTime, blocking wired connections to a computer, no configuration profiles, and no registration for new MDM services. It will debut in the upcoming iOS 16 beta

“Apple is previewing a groundbreaking security capability that provides specialized additional protection for users who may be exposed to highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware. Apple is also providing details of its $10 million grant to bolster research exposing such threats.”

(Apple Newsroom). Dan Goodin of Ars Technica takes a closer look at the extreme software option and how it could benefit a wider audience:

“…the move is significant because of its simplicity and practicality. No safety snake oil here. If you want better security, learn to skip services that pose the biggest threat…” When you let users know they’ve been targeted by sophisticated threats, they inevitably ask ‘How can I make my phone more secure? ?'” he wrote. “We haven’t had a lot of good, honest answers that really have an impact. Boosting a mainstream handset is really out of reach.

(Ars Technica).

A slightly larger watch?

Is Apple about to increase the screen size of the next Apple Watch? Industry analyst Ross Young has been tracking supply chain moves and thinks laptop fans can expect a 1.99-inch screen, which will no doubt be branded as a two-screen. inches upon arrival:

“It’s possible that the slightly larger display size is related to the supposed redesign of the Apple Watch Series 8 with flat edges. Earlier this year, the leaker known as ‘ShrimpApplePro’, who correctly said Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a rounded design like Apple Watch Series 6, claimed Apple was working on a “flat glass display” for Apple Watch Series 8. It seems plausible that an Apple design Watch with flat edges, first lifted by leaker Jon Prosser in 2021, reportedly features a slightly larger flat top surface, which could account for a 5% increase in screen size, although it remains speculation.”

(MacRumors).

Are Macs getting fewer updates?

With the move from the Intel x86 platform to the ARM-powered Apple Silicon, it makes sense to drop several older Macs from the new macOS Ventura platform, but does that mean Apple is reducing the number Mac platform updates? Andrew Cunningham examined the numbers in detail to find:

“But things picked up speed in 2020 with macOS 11 (Big Sur), when Apple started dropping support for a few older Macs every year… the amount of software support was well within the historical range normal for Macs released in 2014 and 2015. Ventura changes this especially for Macs released in 2016. These models have been receiving new macOS updates for less than six years from their release date, the least since 2006 and a a year or two less than what Mac owners might expect in the very recent past.That’s not a historic low, but it’s a noticeable setback.

(Ars Technica).

Mac and fries

An interesting analysis on the status of Apple Silicon, not only on the Mac platform but in all areas. From the iPhone and iPad, to the Apple Watch, to the various Mac machines, Apple’s advancements in chip design have favored the new Mxx chipsets used in its personal computers. This arguably reduced the progress that could be made in other devices, especially the iPhone:

“In a year and a half, Apple has launched five main types of Mac chips, ranging from the M1 to the M1 Ultra to the M2. And over the next year, I expect Apple to introduce several others, including the M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, and M3. To achieve this, Apple’s silicon engineering group had to shift much of its testing, development, and production resources to Mac chips. The question is whether this has affected its other products.Combined with supply bottlenecks, the focus may have helped slow the progress of the iPhone, Apple Watch and even smartphones. cellular modems.”

(Bloomberg).

And finally…

Netflix is ​​bringing Spatial Audio support to Apple devices, which will improve sound and increase the “immersiveness” of audio on the popular streaming service… assuming your favorite movie supports it!

“Spatial Audio will be rolling out to the Netflix catalog starting today, and you can hear it for yourself by typing “spatial audio” into the Netflix search bar and selecting a show or movie that supports it in search results.Netflix supports Apple Spatial Audio on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad devices to enhance 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos audio with an immersive surround sound experience. “

(MacDailyNews).

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