Stunning iPhone 14 Pro photos, Safari defeated, Apple’s European controversy

Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes iPhone 14 rendering leaks, iPad to MacBook conversion, Safari defeat, new Apple Watch details, European debate over Apple Pay, iPhone repair toolkit testing, and an Apple employee challenge Back to business policies.

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).

iPhone 14 Pro shows a leak

The larger iPhone 14 models — specifically the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max — are set to lose that embarrassing iconic degree, but instead of having something small and elegant that defies smartphone standards, Apple is expected to use an asymmetrical lozenge approach. Leaked elements of the show this week highlight the change:

The other two iPhone 14 models are the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and they follow the same pattern: While they are both the same size, the Max model gets the notch while the Pro one, the Pro Max, gets a pill-shaped slot. This fits with previous reports that camera hardware will differ between the Standard and Pro models.”

(T3).

This keyboard can turn your iPad into a MacBook

What happens when you disconnect your iPad with the keyboard? In the future, it could move to a macOS-like interface – or even macOS itself – to allow for hybrid work, according to a newly published Apple patent. As always, the patent doesn’t mean the technology will make it to the public, but as macOS and iPadOS get closer, this makes a lot of sense:

“While Apple’s patent suggests this might happen, philosophically, Apple has always refused to consider such a hybrid OS device. Only time will tell if Apple’s attitude will one day change.

On the front of the device, Apple notes that in one embodiment, the new iPad accessory includes a core and a coupling mechanism. The core may include a keyboard with a set of electromechanical switches. The coupling mechanism can be located on one side of the keyboard and can be configured to pair the part The basic circular shape of a tablet computing device that has a touch screen.”

(Batley Apple).

Safari loses to the edge

Google Chrome is still the biggest web browser on the web, but there’s a new name coming in at number two. Microsoft Edge browser bypasses Apple’s Safari browser on the desktop. The following Microsoft will get Edge on more mobile devices:

“Microsoft Edge is now used on 10.07 percent of desktop computers worldwide, 0.46 percent ahead of Safari, which is 9.61 percent. Google Chrome remains in the top spot with a controlling share of 66.64 percent, while Mozilla Firefox browser is fourth with a percentage 7.86 percent.”

(StatCounterr via MacRumors).

New Apple Watch details

The Apple Watch 8 and Apple Watch SE2 picked up leaks this week that give us a clearer idea of ​​Apple’s next steps with its health-focused wearable smartwatch. While the Watch 8 already looks familiar, the Watch SE2 seems to be the most interesting model:

“… the new Apple Watch SE will have the S7 chip (which, by the way, is just the S6, but has been renamed). In addition, there will be more improvements such as always-on display technology, better audio, and a new sensor that will allow Apple to Watch by taking an EKG.”

(iDropNews).

The dominance of Apple Pay in Europe has been questioned

European Union antitrust regulators have published a statement of objections to Apple and its use of Apple Pay, specifically about how the European Commission believes Apple has abused its dominant market position. This is a slow process, which can take years to work through various stages. The next step is for Apple to set out its arguments in written statements or at a hearing before the panel’s next step:

“The Commission said Apple’s anti-competitive practices date back to 2015 when Apple Pay was launched. We have indications that Apple has restricted third-party access to key technology needed to develop competing mobile wallet solutions on Apple devices,” said EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. . in the current situation. “In stating our objections, we have tentatively found that Apple may have restricted competition, in favor of its own Apple Pay solution,” she said.

(Reuters).

iPhone Repair Toolkit Test

Now that Apple has a “self-repair” program, how practical is it? MacRumors, Dan Barbera decided to find out by changing the battery in his iPhone 12 Mini. The battery pack costs $70.99 (actually more expensive than Apple’s Genius Tape Replacement Service, though you get $24 back when you return the old battery), but you’ll have to add $1,300 worth of tools Apple recommends borrowing for the job. The whole process doesn’t feel very supportive and goes against Apple’s advocacy of satisfying customer expectations:

“Generally speaking, for lay people, it’s probably better to take your phone to a professional to get it fixed rather than trying to fix it yourself. This is especially true for repairs to things like the battery and screen, which are usually cheaper when you replace Apple.”

(MacRumors).

Finally…

Several Apple employees have signed an open letter to Tim Cook and his team about enforcing Apple’s back-to-office culture, relying on words from Steve Jobs to make their case for more flexibility:

Or, as Steve put it: “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. “Here we are, the smart people you have hired, and we tell you what to do: Please get out of our way, there is no one-size-fits-all, let us decide how we do best, and let us do the best work of our lives.”

(Apple together via Apple Insider).

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