Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a massive iPhone 14 leak, a closer look at the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone SE review, Apple’s new iPhone subscription, measuring the MacBook Pro’s M1 Max, macOS in enterprise, shocking iPad battery decision, and WWDC 2022 dates confirmed.
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).
The Symmetry Of The iPhone 14
The launch of the next generation may not be for another five months, but getting everything prepared means the supply chain has a lot of details on the new iOS-powered smartphone. The latest look at the iPhone 14 design comes from CAD file images leaked by noted Apple watcher ShrimpApplePro. At first glance, not much has changed and nothing looks surprising. A closer look shows that Apple has finally caught up with its Android brethren by (finally) reducing and equalizing the bezels around the screen:
“…Apple is shrinking the size of the bezels on the iPhone 14 Pro Max from 2.42 mm to 1.95mm, a reduction of almost 20%. This is the biggest reduction since the iPhone X was introduced in 2017 and a very welcome upgrade, given the reductions made by Android rivals since then. A sub-2mm bezel would be one of the thinnest on any smartphone. Second, the iPhone 14 Pro Max and, presumably by extension the iPhone 14 Pro, will be the first iPhones to have symmetrical bezels on all sides.”
The Tired iPhone SE
Apple’s latest iPhone, the third-generation iPhone SE, may continue the tradition of an entry-level iPhone with broadly similar hardware specs to the main iPhone line, but 2022’s iPhone SE is showing its age in other ways, as Ryan Haines explains in his review:
“The new iPhone SE shares most of its internal DNA, including the 4GB of RAM, with 2021’s vanilla iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, but the exterior is much further away from the cutting edge. From the single front and rear cameras to the round home button and chunky bezels, it looks and feels like a phone from a bygone era. It also packs 64GB of base storage — another holdover from previous SE models. If you need more storage, you can opt for either 128 or 256GB, but the boost comes at a price.”
iPhone As A Service
With Apple Services making up a significant part of Apple’s bottom line, Tim Cook and his team look ready to offer the iPhone as a service. This would be a step up from the current iPhone Upgrade Program. Rather than the payment plan with an optional trade-=in for an upgrade, this would be equivalent to leasing the hardware. The twist of course is that you won’t actually own the iPhone:
“The iPhone hardware subscription is more like a lease because you are paying a fee that is not simply the cost of the iPhone split up over two years. You’re paying off a portion of the value of the iPhone, but you never fully own it. And you can replace it when a new version comes out — just like with a car lease.”
(Mark Gurman via Android Authority).
Sometimes The Max Is Not The Maximum
Andreas Osthoff has taken a closer look at the uprated MacBook Pro 14-inch laptop. Do the extra GPU and CPU cores on the M1 Max equipped MacBook Pro to justify the higher price compared to the M1 Pro equipped laptops? After all, everything else is identical:
“Both the CPU and the GPU consume about 22W (54W package) at the beginning of our stress test, but this value drops to just 12W for the CPU (~2 GHz on all cores) after a couple of seconds, while the GPU maintains around 20W (~900 MHz) for a total power package of ~42W. This means the M1 Max offers slightly more GPU performance during the stress test, but also less CPU performance and it is pretty far away from its potential performance.
MacOS In Enterprise
With the rise of working from home over the last two years, the rise of people wanting to use their new macOS laptops and desktops has also risen. That has led to more IT departments having to deal with the closed nature of Apple’s security model, as The Register’s Richard Speed found out at Apple’s recent Administrator and Developer conference, MacAD”
“Certainly, the last two years have seen more workers putting in the hours at home and wondering why their home hardware was frequently superior to what was foisted on them by employers. However, despite the many and varied benefits of Apple silicon, particularly in the security arena, that same security can cause headaches for the unwary.”
Apple’s Shockingly Sensitive iPad Battery Decision
The “sealed hardware” approach favored by Apple to the iPad range has hampered third-party repairers for many years, with the glued-in battery one of the biggest concerns. Apple looks to have updated this philosophy in the iPad Air by adding tabs to help remove the battery once you have opened the tablet:
“The new iPad Air’s battery cells have stretch-release pull tabs on the underside for easier removal. In comparison, previous iPad Air models have completely glued-in battery cells that are more difficult to remove, with technicians commonly using a solvent like isopropyl alcohol to loosen the large amount of adhesive… The pull tabs could also have environmental benefits by making it easier for Apple’s recycling partners to remove the battery from the iPad’s aluminum enclosure.”
Apple has confirmed the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference; the event takes place from June 6 to June 10 with the tagline “Call To Code.”
“Join developers worldwide from June 6 to 10 for an inspiring week of technology and community. Get a first look at Apple’s latest platforms and technologies in sessions, explore the newest tools and tips, and connect with Apple experts in labs and digital lounges. All online and at no cost.”
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