Returning to another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes a shock new feature for the iPhone 13, Apple backing off on screen repairs, warning on stock levels of the iPhone 13, the return of the MacBook, AirPods 3 review, App Store payment changes, macOS Monterey reviewed, and a rare Apple-1 goes on sale.
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).
IPhone 14 shock feature leaks
Apple has avoided technology for so long that adopting an under-display Touch ID sensor would be a bit of a shock. It is, after all, something that remains one of Android’s big selling points. In a world that has discovered the protective power of facial marks, why is it taking so long?
According to the @LeaksApplePro leaker on Twitter via iDrop News, a Q&A on the iPhone 14 predicts that Touch ID could arrive in the iPhone 14 Pro line below the display. However, the leaker is careful to say that the functionality is still in effect. course tested and it is “not clear” if we will eventually see it. “
Apple steps back from screen repair deadlock
Following the discovery that Apple digitally linked the iPhone 13 screen to the iPhone; any repair that was not transferred to a small microcontroller using a very delicate solder would not result in any loss of the biometric security of FaceID operation. In essence, this meant that repairing an iPhone by replacing the screen was going to be nearly impossible for third-party repair centers. Apple has now taken a U-turn on this, confirming that digital pairing will no longer be necessary:
“Apple’s decision to reverse this change is a victory for consumers because it means more choice and more competition when looking for screen repair. claim that the current problem is a bug. Right to Repair’s activities, however, are likely to see the U-turn as further evidence that formal legislation is required, as I think it’s only a matter of time before it happens again. : “
IPhone 13 stock warning
While the situation is improving, there is a stock warning on the iPhone 13 family of handsets. Ahead of the holiday season, stocks are not as high as one might expect for those looking to. have an iPhone under the tree. And it’s going to stay tight until February:
“Digitimes supply chain sources have now added a few more details, indicating that stock for the new iPhone 13 lineup will not be able to meet demand until at least February. of Apple’s cash flow have helped the company alleviate chip shortages in some areas. For example, TSMC has reserved many of its production lines for Apple’s chips, but despite this, a bunch of legacy chips are still in short supply and this prevents the construction of telephones. “
MacBook or MacBook Air?
Now that the improved MacBook Pro models are out, everyone is waiting for the next MacBook Air and the arrival of an M2-powered mainstream laptop. While that should happen next year, it looks like it won’t be for the MacBook Air… Apple is set to revert to an old favorite for the new brand by reintroducing “MacBook” to the portfolio:
“By changing the name from MacBook Air to MacBook, Apple would mean that new macOS laptops should be seen as something new, as opposed to something refreshed. Arguably, it’s not always necessary – computers The aforementioned late 2021 MacBook Pro laptops are a definite departure from previous MacBook Pro laptops in terms of looks, specs, and price.
“Considering the market that Apple is targeting with the MacBook Pro, the moniker ‘Pro’ along with the M1 Max and M1 Pro’s increased power ability to traverse is more than enough to signify new.”
Hear the AirPods 3 review
Apple’s latest Bluetooth headphones, the Air Pods 3, have come out with reviews. While it lacks some of the popular features of other Buds – these are notably kept for the “Pro” AirPods – there’s a lot to like about the new package.
“The AirPods 3 are an easy recommendation for iPhone users who want a simple, good-sounding pair of headphones that perform well and last a long time between charges. They still lack any sort of noise cancellation and are however unnecessary. in noisy places., and with the AirPods Pro often available for not much more, they might end up being a better option for some. “
(Opinion of confidence).
Why not pay here instead of the App Store?
Ahead of the Dec. 9 deadline for allowing developers to direct users of iOS apps to third-party payment services, Apple’s request to put the decision on hold while it worked on the “” irreparable harm … under the form of loss of trust and integrity in the “iOS ecosystem” that this would cause, was dismissed.
“In a four-page ruling, Judge Rogers said Apple’s motion to stay, filed last month, is” fundamentally flawed “and” based on a selective reading of the findings of this Court and ignores any findings that supported the injunction, namely nascent antitrust behavior, including super-competitive commission rates resulting in extraordinarily high operating margins that have not been correlated to the value of its intellectual property. “
MacOS Monterey reviewed
Last year’s macOS update was the first to bring ARM support to the public, as well as Rosetta 2 emulation. This year’s update isn’t as traumatic; it’s basically picking up a few bits and pieces left out in Big Sur from last year, as well as lots of incremental updates. Monica Chin takes a closer look as she reviews macOS Monterey. In short, there is a lot to like, but there is also a lot to work on:
“So my ultimate take on this operating system is, ‘Of course’. It is a stable version that I have been using reliably for a few months. Nothing is terribly broken. If you’re someone who prefers to be extra cautious and wait a bit before updating, you’re not missing out on much either. this is often the case with releases that directly follow a major overhaul, it’s a build year for macOS. ”
How much would you pay for one of the first Apple computers? Tuesday saw an Apple-1 – one of 200 that were designed, built and tested by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs – sold for $ 400,000 at auction:
“What we have with the Apple-1 is kind of like the holy grail of vintage computer collecting,” says Corey Cohen, Apple and technology historian. The computer up for auction is known as the name “Chaffey College” Apple-1 because its original The owner was a professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He ended up selling the computer to a student in 1977 so that he could buy an Apple computer -II.
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