Stunning iPhone 14 Pro leaks, impressive iPad upgrade, controversial MacBook decision

A look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino. This week’s Apple Loop includes surprising iPhone 14 Pro specs, Apple’s embarrassing MacBook Pro decision, here comes the MacBook Air, USB-C printing, the next display for the iPad, ultrasonic AirPods plans, and fifteen years of successful iPhone cameras .

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).

New iPhone, same old battery

Apple is expected to offer incremental battery capacity updates for the new iPhone 14 Pro. The latest iPhone 14 Pro is expected to increase from 3095mAh to 3200mAh, while the other three key models will come with broadly similar capacities to their iPhone 13 counterparts. No doubt Apple hopes software updates will improve efficiency, but with larger camera sensors and brighter screens, that’s going to be a big question:

“A new post from Baidu, shared by credible industry insider ShrimpApplePro, has reportedly released the battery capacities for all iPhone 14 models. A drop for the iPhone 14 Pro could mean your money is better spent elsewhere.

(Forbes).

Slow down the faster MacBook Pro

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro — the first to ship with the M2 Apple silicon chipset — may offer more processing power than the 2020 M1 model, but it’s proving to be slower thanks to Apple’s decision to use a slower storage solution:

“Given that the rest of the design has stayed true to the looks of the 2016 MacBook Pro — including the lack of ports and comically huge bezels for a premium laptop — you’d hope that’s the case. Why should you buy a laptop that is weaker than the previous generation? This is where it gets interesting. Thanks to Apple’s decisions regarding the configuration of the SSD storage in the M2 MacBook Pro, writing to and reading from the storage is slower than the M1 MacBook Pro.”

(Forbes).

The MacBook Air is almost here

While questions remain in the community as to what useful purpose the M2 MacBook Pro serves, the redesigned M2 MacBook Air is waiting in the wings… with a release date in just over two weeks:

“The new MacBook Air was announced and previewed during WWDC earlier this month, with Apple stating availability will begin in July. MacBook Air features a redesigned chassis that’s thinner and lighter than the previous model. Thanks to the M2 chip, the MacBook Air offers a battery life of up to 18 hours, according to Apple. With a launch scheduled for July 15th, pre-orders are expected to go live on Friday July 8th.”

(Mac rumours).

How about a haven to rule them all?

Apple is facing more regulatory pressure to switch the iPhone to the widely used USB-C connector instead of its own proprietary Lightning connector. Once again, the idea of ​​a standard connector – and therefore a standard charger for all mobile devices – is the key part of the conversation.

“Brazilian regulators are pushing smartphone manufacturers to standardize their charging ports. Anatel, the Brazilian regulator, states that standardization would increase consumer convenience. Additionally, she believes the move could reduce e-waste by allowing customers to reuse chargers they already have.”

(Apple Insider).

The next next generation iPad display

While we wait for the new iPad with its OLED screen (which promises more vivid colors and deeper blacks), Samsung is working on the next OLED screen for iPad to come after this one.

The Elec reports that Samsung Display “will likely be able to mass-produce Gen 8.5 OLED panels by late 2024 to target Apple’s second-gen OLED iPad.” It’s not yet clear if Samsung will move into production of Gen 8.5 OLED, which will use full-cut substrates and will vertically deposit organic materials, but the company is expected to make a decision by next month.”

(The electrics via 9to5Mac).

Using sound to enhance AirPods

While your AirPods can be waterproof, the liquid sitting on the surface sometimes makes controlling the in-ear headphones problematic. Apple’s latest published patent proposes a new way to solve this moisture problem:

“Apple’s patent covers ultrasonic touch recognition capability. In some examples, this ultrasonic touch detection capability can be integrated into existing device structures to facilitate user input without adding additional structures can be implemented far from touch areas and long-distance touch detection can be achieved (e.g., sonar) .”

(Obviously Apple).

And finally…

Fifteen years ago, with the launch of the iPhone, the myth of Steve Jobs creating the modern smartphone was born, but there is no doubt that the iPhone supported today’s de facto vision of a smartphone. Part of this is the camera and its influence on photography. AP photographers talk about the iPhone influence on the anniversary. Here is Vadim Ghirda:

“Most salespeople and, frankly, most people in Romania get nervous when they realize that a photojournalist is photographing them, even in the most mundane of situations. This often leads to awkward interactions. However, the smartphone seems to be a magical stress reliever. Even when people realize you’re a journalist, they no longer see you as a threat in most situations. they refer to you. In adverse situations, it can save the day.”

(The guard).

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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