Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple’s leaked iPhone 14 Pro secrets, a faster lightning cable, a fresh look at the iPhone 14, developers reveal new Mac models, dual-boot iPad Pro, the wrath of Final Cut Pro, the great recycling reports, and the investment in HomePod.
The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place about Apple over the past seven days (and you can read the weekly summary of Android news here on Forbes).
Apple unlocks iPhone 14 secrets
Hidden away in the iOS 15.5 beta, there are hooks suggesting new features and new hardware – most likely iOS 16 and the iPhone 14 family. The former should be announced at WWDC 2022 with a developer preview shortly after, and the latter will undoubtedly be in the traditional September slot. IT could also herald the end of the line for some classic iPhones:
“The code threads highlight not only Apple’s upcoming plans (and a Focus Mode fix, in particular, would be massive for an increasingly distracted community) but also a host of product cuts with the company set to lose another generation of older iPhones and iPads. iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 currently supports iPhone 6S (2015) and later and iPad Mini 4 (2015) and later, so owners of these devices may have to upgrade this year.”
iPhone 14 Pro is faster
One thing the iPhone 14 Pro might have is a much faster data transfer rate over the Lightning cable, since USB 3.0 speeds can be supported:
“A frequent Apple product leaker has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro will come with a Lightning connector. While this news in and of itself won’t surprise anyone, it looks like Apple’s greatest minds are upgrading transfer speed support from USB 2.0 levels to USB 3.0. If true. It would be a huge step for iPhone 14 Pro owners in the future, as a USB 2.0 maximum of 480Mbps (or up to 60MB/s) would give way to USB 3.0’s meager transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. per second (or 640MB/s).”
New look at iPhone 14 launch
And how does all this look? Taking the latest leak and information is YouTuber 4RMO, who gave his latest look at the iPhone 14 in his concept launch video.
The next step up from Apple’s plans for Mac devices was revealed this week, with a slew of new devices appearing to third-party developers while they check out their access to plenty. It looks like Apple’s test team has made progress testing hypothetically named M2 Macs out of the Cupertino sandbox. It’s the same again across the range… If there is M1, there will be M2:
“Of course just because the device is being tested does not guarantee that the device will actually make it to market. However, the batch of devices being tested matches the M1 powered wallet, so presumably what we are looking for is an upgrade path” same again but bigger a little”.
Is dual boot the solution for a tablet?
As Apple brings the iPad and Mac platforms closer together, the issue of laptop versus tablet is getting more and more attention. And with more attention, finer points—particularly in apps—will make the difference, as Matt Gallagher discovers:
“What I’m suggesting is some form of dual-boot options. This means that you can run the iPad Pro either in simplified iPadOS mode or in a full version of macOS. The complexity is that the software won’t work across both operating systems, so there will be some doubling but in Ultimately, most users are likely to choose one or the other.”
Final Cut Pro problem
Apple’s Final Cut Pro isn’t the gold standard for video editing, lagging behind in features and support compared to Adobe and Blackmagic products. A large number of video professionals have written an open letter to Tim Cook in the hope that his team can raise the bar for Final Cut Pro so it can be comfortably considered by the mainstream industry:
“Final Cut Pro is a great app used by many YouTubers, education, and small business content creators around the world. We know why it works. It’s liberating, efficient, and fun. But, unfortunately in professional film and TV, editors using Final Cut Pro are a small minority. We are asking Apple to publicly promote Final Cut Pro and add the few remaining features that our industry has consistently emphasized are essential.”
(GoPetition via Apple Insider).
Rise in recycling schemes
Apple announced an increased use of recycled materials in its products last year. Although there is no “per-device” breakdown, the total number “nearly 20 percent” illustrates the work Apple has put into this effort:
In addition to starting to use recycled gold for the first time, Apple has doubled down on the use of recycled tungsten, rare earth elements and cobalt, the company said. And in 2021, recycled materials made up nearly 20 percent of the materials in Apple products, the highest ever. Last year, 59 percent of the aluminum in Apple products shipped from came from recycled sources, with some products containing 100 percent recycled materials inside the case.”
Apple may be known for its premium pricing across its portfolio ($699 for a set of caster wheels on the Mac Pro, for example), but that premium doesn’t stop once you leave the Apple Store. The price of the original Apple HomePod on the flea market continues to rise and is now more than the original selling price:
“Why the HomePod? That’s a good question. It’s part of Apple’s history, perhaps; you need two of them for stereo or more for all-home audio; and unlike its more expensive successor, the HomePod Mini, it’s very good audio.” Smart Home associate Jen Tuohy also explained It’s one of the few places where Siri really excels. And you think people realize it’s the only other option besides the HomePod Mini that looks worse.”
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