Amazing iPhone 13 Features, Massive Apple Podcast Problem, Shock MacBook Pro Details



Returning to another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes new iPhone 13 details, updated release dates, new screen technology from Apple, the NSFW App Store issues, iCloud on Windows 10, an Apple Pencil for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro release talk, FlickType shutdown, the iPhone virtual saga continues and the podcast issue of Apple.

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 recap of Android news here on Forbes).

The new iPhone is getting something bigger

With production underway ahead of the launch of the iPhone 13 family, it’s hard to hide the components that are going to be used, with supply chain analysts at Wedbush confident that we are getting at least one model with LiDAR scanning, and at least model with a 1TB storage option:

“From a spec standpoint, we are increasingly convinced that the iPhone 13 will have a mind-blowing 1 terabyte storage option, which is double the highest Pro storage capacity today (512 GB ) and will also include a number of key improvements with Lidar on all iPhones. 13 models.

(SeaBush Going through 9to5Mac).

Apple’s new release dates

Mark Gurmna gathered the expected hardware versions for Apple in September and October. There are no big surprises; the iPhone 13 family will launch alongside the Apple Watch 7 and AirPods; a refresh of the iPad and iPad Mini; and the release of the MacBook Pro “around the second anniversary of the current MacBook Pro”.

“Expect major changes for the smaller iPad, higher-end Apple laptops, and entry-level AirPods. The iPhone won’t get such a big upgrade, but it remains Apple’s star. The company expects one of the biggest iPhone launches. cycles never achieved, projecting the need for more than 90 million shipments through 2021 as the world moves to 5G and the economic recovery drives spending. ”


Screens for the future

Apple may be envisioning a future with miniLED displays signature technology in the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, but it’s going to be a tough road to get there; 2021 hasn’t made it easy to get the supplies needed for the next MacBook update, with new vendors and techniques still in the works:

“While miniLED offers the aforementioned benefits, when you step back and look at miniLED as part of the consumer electronics ecosystem, it’s not an easy-to-use technology. Apple’s performance on miniLED displays, both for the upcoming MacBook Pro and the current iPad Pro, has been lower than expected. Over the summer, Apple’s suppliers worked hard and changed the design to increase yields.

(Forbes)… which may explain why LG is joining the game of “providing OLED displays to Apple”:

“We recently learned that Samsung is preparing to manufacture OLED displays for the iPad Air 2022 using a new advanced manufacturing technique, and a new report says LG is doing the same.”


NSFW and App Store content

Apple’s approach to regulating sexual content in the App Store damages LGBTQ + apps far more than traditional heterosexual apps. Kendra Albert and Afsaneh Rigot explain why it’s time to stop automatically launching NSFW content outside of the App Store:

“Attempts to limit sexually explicit speech tend to (accidentally or intentionally) harm LGBTQ people more. Many of these rules are particularly aimed at sex workers, and LGBTQ people are disproportionately likely to use the job. sex as a means of survival A recent report from Fight for the Future, a digital rights group, states that Apple often outright refuses to provide access to apps that primarily serve LGBTQ people.


Where OneDrive goes, iCloud follows

Following Microsoft’s update to OneDrive for macOS, Apple updated iCloud for Windows. It’s not nice when everyone plays fairly between the different ecosystems:

“Apple today updates its iCloud app for Windows users, finally bringing a new password manager app. Learn all about version 12.5. This new password manager app is available with this update. up to date and allows users to access and manage their iCloud passwords on their Windows-based computers. ”


Goodbye Touch Bar, Hello Apple Pencil

With Apple slated to remove the Touch Bar with upcoming MacBook Pro laptops, many are celebrating the return of physical function keys. But what if Apple took another route and decided that the top row would be the perfect place for an Apple Pencil? In the context of “macOS doesn’t need a touchscreen,” this curious Apple patent simply suggests that:

“Potentially (at least according to the patent schematics), the pencil or ‘pencil-like device’ would sit right above the keyboard, replacing the area initially reserved for the largely ignored Touch Bar. At least for the concept, I’m ‘we’ve scaled down the Touch Bar instead of removing it entirely. For now, it’s in the upper right corner, between the pencil home area and the Touch ID button.


Discussion of MacBook Pro release dates

As for the release date of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, there is a growing number of signs pointing to a release in early November, which would match the release schedule of the past two years:

“Apple likes its hardware to have a predictable release rate. The last two major updates to the MacBook Pro (the latest Intel line and the first Apple Silicon line) set the pace. We now have the confirmation of the expectations of the third time. . How does the second Tuesday of the month, November 9, look to you? “


Keyboard Removed from App Store

Kosta Eleftheriou, the developer of the iPhone FlickType keyboard developed for blind users, will be shut down. Citing many hurdles and objections that Apple raised when rejecting the app and its updates from the App Store:

“It is with a heavy heart today that we announce the discontinuation of our award-winning iPhone keyboard for blind users. Apple has thrown us obstacle after obstacle for years as we try to deliver an app to improve the lives of people who are blind. people, and we cannot endure their abuse any longer.


The story of the virtual iPhone continues

Last week, it was reported that Apple had reached an agreement with Corellium regarding its “virtual iPhone” service. Well, not so fast. Apple has filed a notice of appeal; although on a different problem with Corellium. It is not finished :

“The call came as a surprise as Apple had just settled other claims with Corellium over the Digitial Milennium Copyright Act, thus avoiding a lawsuit. Experts said they were also surprised that Apple had restarted a fight against a leading provider of research tools just after arguing would provide control over its controversial plan to scan customer devices. ”


Opposition to on-device CSAM scan increases

Opposition to Apple’s implementation of CSAM scanning on a user’s own device continues to increase, with the use of technology as a wedge in Apple’s much-loved approach to encryption. data staff. More than 90 groups and policymakers published an open letter to Apple asking them to think again:

More broadly, they said the change would break end-to-end encryption for iMessage, which Apple has strongly advocated in other contexts. Once this backdoor feature is built in, governments could force Apple to extend notification. to other accounts and to detect images that are objectionable for reasons other than sexually explicit, “the letter said. Other groups that have signed on include the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Now, Privacy International and the Tor project.


And finally….

Apple’s efforts to launch a podcast subscription service so that podcast producers can easily monetize their audience have continued to face challenges since its launch in April; issues that impact small podcasts and listeners much more than large production companies:

“Even now, after the subscriptions launched, when it was hoped that the worst platform problem had subsided, podcasters say they are still having other technical issues, namely significant delays. in the publication of new episodes. One executive, who prefers to remain anonymous, says a popular show, which is time-sensitive, has experienced 72-hour publication delays on several occasions. Another executive, who also prefers to remain anonymous, tells me that their listeners emailed them asking where the new episodes were, all because of (In a few of these cases, the episodes in question weren’t even behind a paywall and relied on the typical RSS system.) “

(The edge).

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