Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes massive iPhone 14 leak, first look at iPhone 14 Pro, iPad Pro challenges MacBook Air, Apple’s 3D Touch plans, iPhone orders dramatically cut, stolen iPhone repairs blocked, and Apples financial ambitions.
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).
Everything’s Looking A Bit Bigger Through The 14 Lens
More details on Apple’s iPhone 14 plans have leaked. We’re already looking at a larger handset and a higher price, but there is good news in these awkward leaks… the camera upgrade looks substantial with resolution being the big winner. That’s surely got to be worth a bigger camera bump?
“A jump by up to 35% for the CMOS Image Sensor is massive, so is quadrupling the iPhone’s camera resolution — Apple has stuck with a 12-megapixel main camera since the iPhone 6S was released in 2015. Kuo’s comments also refer to the recently leaked iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro detailed schematics, which show a 15% increase in the thickness of the rear camera bump as a consequence. A bump that was already increased greatly last year on the iPhone 13 line-up.”
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This Is Your Best Look At The iPhone 14 Yet
Thanks to all of the leaks, the look of the iPhone 14 family is becoming clear .As expected, Apple is taking an evolutionary approach to the handset, as the latest concept renders from the community highlight
“Recently, there have been several sources that talk about the integration of a punch-hole camera. Various CAD renders have now 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, has created a series of product renders for LetsGoDigital of the alleged Apple iPhone 14 Pro.”
The iPad Pro Challenges The MacBook Air In 2022
The lines between Apple’s tablets and Apple’s laptops continues to blur, with the updated to iPad Pro expected later this year. Why does this blur the lines? Because the macOS powering M2 Apple Silicon is set to appear in the next iPad Pro. There’s a chance this could beet the MacBook Air to the punch as the debut of the M2:
“A direct successor to the chip powering the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Apple’s more premium tablets, the rumored M2 processor is said to have the same 8-core CPU as the M1 but with greater efficiency due to TSMC’s 4-nanometer processor. It should also deliver 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, Apple’s latest round of publishing patents returns to the idea of a force sensitive area, be it a watch surface, display, or trackpad. The latter will be of interest to Mac fans, given the lack of touchscreen or fingerprint=haptic-based devices in the platform.
“The new technology, if fitted, would allow the Touchpad to be more responsive to touch, to be able to sense the gradual increase in pressure, and to increase the flexibility of the Touchpad for many groups; for those of an artistic bent the Touchpad would be closer to a Graphics Tablet than a portable replacement for a mouse.”
Being a patent, it may never turn up, or it could make an appearance in a few months. Exciting times (Forbes).
Not As Many iPhones As You First Thought
Apple is planning to cut its orders of both the iPhone SE and the AirPod ranges as demand continues to slow down in the face of continued supply chain pressures, rising inflation, and the knock-on effects or Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The company plans to produce 20 percent fewer iPhone SEs – or about 2 million to 3 million units – next quarter than originally planned, the report said. It added that Apple has also reduced 2022 orders for AirPods by more than 10 million units.”
(Nikkei via Reuters).
Stolen iPhones No Longer Repairable
In a step that many believe was already in place, Apple will reportedly stop repairing iPhones that are listed as either missing or stolen on the GSMA Device Registry. This applies both to Apple’s Apple Store centres, and any Authorized Service Provider. It will be interesting to see if there are any grounds on granting exemptions, or if this is 100 percent blanket ban for staff to implement:
“If an Apple technician sees a message in their internal MobileGenius or GSX systems indicating that the device has been reported as missing, they are instructed to decline the repair, according to Apple’s memo shared on Monday. The new policy should help to reduce the amount of stolen iPhones brought to Apple for repair.”
Watch out for Apple’s financial services expansion. Following the Apple Card, the company is looking to bring more financial services in-house under its control
“A multiyear plan would bring a wide range of financial tasks in-house, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. That includes payment processing, risk assessment for lending, fraud analysis, credit checks and additional customer-service functions such as the handling of disputes.”