Serious iPhone Warning, New iPhone 13 Leaks, MacBook Pro Update Revealed
Returning to another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes a new warning for every iPhone owner, iPhone 13 design leaks, iPhone 12 Mini battling the iPhone SE, the MacBook and the M1X chip, Apple’s defense against side-loading apps, and the second season of Time To Walk debuts.
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).
New serious warning for iPhone owners
This week saw a new warning for iPhone users to be wary of certain Wi-Fi hotspots. Carl Schou discovered that it is possible to crash an iPhone and lock the handset’s Wi-Fi capability (more info on the SSID format string bug here). The problem can be fixed by resetting the network settings, but it does require a bit of lateral thinking that not everyone will jump to:
âIn several tests attempting to connect to this strange SSID, our Wi-Fi settings would start to work erratically, but all of them led to the same behavior – our iPhone’s wireless connectivity was broken. In some tests, connecting to the SSID would fail, but we could no longer access our regular wireless network. “
IPhone 13 Design
More details on Apple’s iPhone 13 family have continued to leak this week, and with all the leaks, it’s possible to merge the information and get a pretty good idea of ââwhat new iOS smartphones will look like:
âThe Pro model seems to be improved on several points. In addition to a better camera, the device will probably also be equipped with a better screen and a smaller notch. In addition, the fingerprint sensor ( Touch ID) will be placed under the screen for the first time. Of course, the chipset and software will also be renewed. “
(Let’s go digital).
iPhone 12 Mini goes quietly into the night
Meanwhile, while Apple is expected to launch an iPhone 13 Mini this year (alongside the regular, Pro, and Pro Plus handsets), it will likely be less popular than the iPhone 12 Mini. Stock is still available, but Apple has reportedly stopped production:
âThis does not mean that the iPhone 12 Mini is going to disappear suddenly. Since the first post-launch reports, the sales performance of the Mini has been lower than expected, and I would expect Apple to have enough stock. to complete it. at the iPhone 13 launch in September. “
The third coming of the iPhone SE
A new iPhone 13 Mini would have a big fight in its hands if Apple updated the iPhone SE … which it reportedly intends to do in early 2022. It would be the cheapest 5G capable iPhone, and coming two years after the last OS update. will be released in time for the ‘two-year mobile contract’ consumer looking for an update:
“[Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo] says the new 2022 âiPhone SEâ will support 5G and include processor updates. The device will be positioned as “the cheapest 5G iPhone of all time”. The most affordable iPhoneâ with 5G right now is the iPhone 12 mini, so likely the iPhone SE will be much more affordable than this device’s $ 699 price tag. “
What future for Apple Silicon?
The wait for new Macs powered by Apple Silicon continues. After the no-show at WWDC 2021, everyone is looking forward to October and November of this year. The checklist includes high-end MacBook Pro machines, a redesigned Mac Pro, and a new Mac Mini, all running the improved M1X chip
“These would also be the first Macs with an upgraded version of the M1 chip, which is the first ARM-based Apple Silicon chip used in Macs. The leaker believes M1X will be” an extension of the M1 that will contain more lightning channels, cpu cores, gpu cores, support for multiple external monitors and higher power consumption. “”
The saga of sideloading continues
Apple continues to strengthen its arguments against sideloading apps on the iPhone and the damage it believes it would cause to the ecosystem. As seen before, the central argument assumes that the smartphone market is homogeneous, with iOS and Android offering enough competition to each other to nullify any monopoly practice. The flip side is that iOS and Android are separate ecosystems with a captive audience.
âThis is a rare direct intervention in the policy of the iPhone maker, which normally refuses to discuss ‘assumptions.’ But it comes as lawmakers in the United States and regulators in the United Kingdom and the EU are considering proposals to force the company to allow side-downloaded apps, limit its own ability to bundle services with the iPhone, or force it to offer equal access to its competitors, as methods to weaken dominance Apple on the mobile economy. “
Apple’s âNot a Podcast We Promote As a U2 Albumâ series, Time To Walk, begins its second season this week. Available to Apple Fitness + subscribers, the series lets you listen to a guest take their own walk, likely while you’re taking a walk as well. The new track opens with Gina Rodriguez:
âWith Fitness +, we’re offering users a range of exciting new workout options to keep them active and make fitness an integral part of their lifestyle – whether it’s walking with the one of the amazing Time to Walk guests or push through a high energy HIIT class with Jeanette Jenkins, “”
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