Apple Loop: Mystery iPhone 14 Revealed, Netflix iPad Advantage, Worrying MacBook Pro Issues – Forbes | Hot Mobile Press

A look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino: this week’s Apple Loop includes a new iPhone 14 surprise, the latest MacBook Pro issues, your iPhone locking, a bigger Apple Watch, a shortage of macOS updates and an Apple ration chip tech and the new sound of Netflix on your iPad.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the very large amount of discussion that has taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly roundup of Android news here on Forbes).

When you leave Mini behind and want more

As the ports supply chain provides many, if not all, of the specs of the next iPhone family, there’s still something new to learn. Apple could bring back an old brand to help sell the new iPhone:

“Apple’s iPhone 14 range is just two months away, and while leaks have revealed everything from their battery capacities to possible price increases, one surprising detail has been overlooked: a new name. Omdia Senior Research Director David Hsieh refers to the new device (and iPhone 13 Mini replacement) as ‘iPhone 14 Plus’. That makes a lot of sense. It harks back to Apple’s previous branding for its largest phones, creating a stronger demarcation between two 6.7-inch models.”

(Forbes).

Will incoming MacBook Air have the same MacBook Pro issues?

Apple has confirmed that the M2-powered MacBook Air will ship next Friday (July 15) and pre-orders are now open to order the next Apple Silicon macOS laptops. But there are questions about the decision behind the new Mac’s specs:

“One question will be whether this will hold up given the throttling and performance issues faced by the M2 MacBook Pro. Another will be whether Apple has reduced the effective read and write speeds of SSD storage by using single SSD chips instead of paired SSD chips, another issue plaguing some of the M2 MacBook Pro SKUs.”

(Forbes)

Apple finally locks your iPhone

Apple will introduce a “lockdown” mode in the next version of iOS. Designed to limit the number of areas of software that can be attacked over the Internet, this includes restrictions on Messages, Safari, Apple services like FaceTime, blocking wired connections to a computer, no configuration profiles, and no enrollment in new MDM services. It will debut in the upcoming iOS 16 beta

“Apple introduces a breakthrough security feature that provides specific additional protection for users who may be at risk from highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing government-sponsored mercenary spyware. Apple also announces details of its $10 million grant to support research uncovering such threats.”

(Apple Newsroom). Ars Technica’s Dan Goodin takes a closer look at the extreme software option and how it could benefit a wider audience:

“…the move is great because of its simplicity and concreteness. No safety snake oil here. If you want more security, learn to forego the services that pose the greatest threat… “When you notify users that they are the target of sophisticated threats, they inevitably ask, ‘How can I make my phone more secure?'” he wrote. “We haven’t had many great, honest answers that really make a difference. Hardening a consumer phone is truly unattainable.”

(Ars Technica).

A slightly larger clock?

Is Apple preparing to increase the screen size of the next Apple Watch? Industry analyst Ross Young has been following movements in the supply chain and believes fans of the wearable can expect a 1.99-inch screen, which will no doubt be labeled as a 2-inch screen when it arrives:

“It’s possible that the slightly larger display size is related to the rumored flat-edge redesign of the Apple Watch Series 8. Earlier this year, the leaker known as “ShrimpApplePro” correctly said the Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a rounded-edge design like the Apple Watch Series 6, claiming Apple was working on a “flat front glass display” for the Apple Watch Series 8. It seems plausible that a flat-edged Apple Watch design, first touched upon by leaker Jon Prosser in 2021, would feature a slightly larger flat surface, which could explain a five percent increase in display size, although that remains speculation .

(MacRumors).

Are Macs getting fewer updates?

With the move from the Intel x86 platform to ARM-powered Apple Silicon, the move to move several older Macs to the new macOS Ventura platform makes sense, but does it mean that Apple is increasing the number of updates to the Mac platform reduced? Andrew Cunningham took a thorough look at the numbers to find:

“But things accelerated in 2020 with macOS 11 (Big Sur) when Apple started dropping support for a few older Macs each year… the level of software support was well within the normal historical range for Macs released in 2014 and 2015 were published. Ventura is changing that for Macs released in 2016 in particular: these models have received new macOS updates for less than six years since their release date, the least since 2006 and a year or two less than Mac owners could expect in the recent past. While this is not a historic low, it is a noticeable step backwards.

(Ars Technica).

Mac and chips

An interesting analysis on the status of Apple Silicon, not just on the Mac platform but in general. From the iPhone and iPad to the Apple Watch to the various Mac machines, Apple’s advances in chip design have centered on the new Mxx chipsets used in its personal computers. This has arguably reduced the advances that could be made on other devices, notably the iPhone:

“In a year and a half, Apple released five main types of Mac chips ranging from the M1 to the M1 Ultra to the M2. And I expect Apple to introduce a few more over the next year, including the M2 Pro, M2 Max, M2 Ultra and M3. To get there, Apple’s silicon engineering conglomerate had to shift many of its test, development, and production resources to Mac chips. The question is whether this had an impact on its other products. Combined with supply shortages, the focus may have contributed to slower progress for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and even cellular modems.”

(Blumberg).

And finally…

Netflix is ​​bringing spatial audio support to Apple devices, improving sound and increasing the “immersiveness” of audio on the popular streaming service…assuming your favorite movie supports it!

“Spatial Audio is rolling out across the Netflix catalog starting today, and you can hear it for yourself by typing “spatial audio” into the Netflix search bar and selecting a show or movie that supports it from the search results. Netflix supports Apple’s Spatial Audio on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad devices to enhance 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos audio with an immersive surround sound experience.”

(MacDaily News).

Apple Loop brings you seven days’ worth of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any future coverage. Last week’s Apple Loop can be read here, or this week’s edition of Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.

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