Looking back on 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, the iPhone SE review, Apple’s new iPhone subscription, MacBook Pro’s M1 Max measurement, macOS in business, shocking iPad battery decision and WWDC 2022 dates confirmed.
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).
The symmetry of the iPhone 14
The next-gen launch might not take another five months, but getting everything ready means the supply chain has plenty of details on the new iOS-powered smartphone. The latest look at the iPhone 14 design comes from CAD file images leaked by famed Apple watcher ShrimpApplePro. At first glance, not much has changed and nothing seems surprising. A closer look shows that Apple has finally caught up with its Android brethren by (finally) reducing and evening out the bezels around the display:
“…Apple is reducing the size of the bezels on the iPhone 14 Pro Max from 2.42mm to 1.95mm, a reduction of almost 20%. This is the largest reduction since the introduction from the iPhone X in 2017 and a very welcome upgrade, given the cuts Android rivals have made since then.A sub-2mm bezel would be one of the thinnest of any smartphone. ‘iPhone 14 Pro Max and, presumably by extension, 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, might continue the tradition of an entry-level iPhone with broadly similar hardware specs to the mainline iPhone lineup, but 2022’s iPhone SE shows her age in another way, as Ryan Haines explains in his review:
“The new iPhone SE shares most of its internal DNA, including 4GB of RAM, with the vanilla iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini from 2021, but the exterior is much further away from the cutting edge. unique back to the round home button and chunky bezels, it looks and feels like a phone from a bygone era, and it also packs 64GB of base storage – another holdover from previous SE models. more storage, you can go for 128 or 256 GB, but the boost comes at a price.”
iPhone as a service
With Apple services making up a huge chunk of Apple’s bottom line, Tim Cook and his team seem set 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 amount to renting the hardware. The twist is of course that you won’t actually own the iPhone:
“The iPhone hardware subscription is more like a lease because you’re paying a fee that’s not just the cost of the iPhone spread over two years. You’re paying back some of the value of the iPhone, but you’re never owning entirely And you can replace it when a new version comes out, like with a car rental agreement.”
(Mark Gurman via Android Authority).
Sometimes the maximum is not the maximum
Andreas Osthoff took a closer look at the upgraded 14-inch MacBook Pro laptop. Do the extra GPU and CPU cores on the M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pro justify the higher price tag compared to M1 Pro-equipped laptops? After all, everything else is the same:
“The CPU and GPU draw around 22W (54W package) at the start of our stress test, but this drops to just 12W for the CPU (~2GHz across all cores) after a few seconds, while the GPU maintains around 20 W (~900 MHz) for a total power of ~42 W. This is comparable to the entry-level model of the MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Pro, but the power distribution differs a bit (~20 W CPU and 15 W GPU) This means that the M1 Max offers slightly more GPU performance in the stress test, but also less CPU performance and is quite far from its potential performance.
macOS in business
With the rise of working from home over the past two years, the number of people wanting to use their new macOS laptops and desktops has also increased. This has led to more IT departments coming to grips with the closed nature of Apple’s security model, as The Register’s Richard Speed discovered at the recent Apple Admin and Developer Conference. MacAD”
“Certainly, the last two years have seen more workers spending hours at home and wondering why their home hardware was often superior to what was being thrust upon them by employers. However, despite the many and varied benefits of Apple silicon, especially in the realm of security, that same security can cause headaches for the unwary.”
Apple’s Surprisingly Sensible iPad Battery Decision
Apple’s preferred “sealed hardware” approach to the iPad line has hampered third-party repairers for many years, with stuck battery being one of the main concerns. Apple seems to have updated this philosophy in the iPad Air by adding tabs to help remove the battery once you’ve opened the tablet:
“The new iPad Air’s battery cells have pull-out tabs on the underside for easier removal. In comparison, previous iPad Air models have completely stuck-on battery cells that are more difficult to remove, with technicians typically 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 aluminum iPad case.”
(I fix it via MacRumors).
Apple has confirmed the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference; the event runs from June 6 to June 10 with the slogan “Call To Code”.
“Join developers around the world from June 6-10 for an inspiring week of technology and community. Get your first look at Apple’s latest platforms and technologies in sessions, explore the latest tools and tips, and connect you with Apple experts in digital labs and living rooms. All online and at no cost.”
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