Fast Charging for New iPhones, M2 Mac Release Dates, and Apple Game Controller Plans

Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the accidental Apple iPhone 14 leak, new details on the revolutionary iPhone camera, M2 MacBook release dates, iPad access win, Apple’s missing repair options, and a game console iPhone, macro winners, and a new security-focused browser for macOS.

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’s iPhone 14 Accidental Leak

Thanks to a support document accidentally posted on Apple’s website, details about a new dual-port fast charger have been leaked. Suggested specifications for the 35W charger refer to two USB-C ports in the plug, with a number of different charging modes totaling 35W outputs. Given the amount of marketing Android manufacturers are putting on fast shipping, it looks like Apple is ready to join the party with the iPhone 14:

“All of this will focus attention squarely on Apple’s plans to improve fast charging for the iPhone and iPad. As detailed below, competing products now offer 2-5x higher wattage charging than iPhones. Yes, iPhone battery life has improved significantly in the years The latter (the iPhone 12 was a rare step back), but the ability to add 50% charge to the iPhone in 15-20 minutes (which is currently 30 minutes) will be a huge selling point for many users.”

(Forbes).

Up Periscope for iPhone

Look no further until 2023, when Apple is expected to make major changes to the iPhone platform. One of these changes would be to the camera system, with the introduction of a foldable “periscope” zoom lens which should provide greater clarity at higher zoom settings:

“Rumors have been circulating about the iPhone getting a periscope lens since early 2020, and reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was the first to mention the possibility. Kuo initially said that a periscope lens would be a feature of the iPhone 14 Pro, but now says he expects the arrival of a periscope type. lens with the iPhone 15 Pro, a prediction made by analyst Jeff Pu as well.”

(MacRumors).

When will the new Macs arrive?

One of the biggest questions hanging over the Mac platform is when the M2 Apple Silicon chipset and hardware that is supposed to arrive will arrive. That’s a good shade, especially since the current m1 family offers an efficient experience…but those looking for next-generation technology are eagerly awaiting WWDC, which can’t show anything, a few words of a roadmap, or a brand new M2-enabled MacBook.

“…there is a lot of talk about WWDC for June as a launch event for two new Macs. While there are different combinations on what that could be, the aforementioned MacBook Air and macMini are in the mix. Now, they can be launched with the improved M1 chipset to offer options More powerful — having the M1 Pro and M1 Max macMini in the wallet offers flexibility — or Apple could play a similar October 2020 play and bring out new hardware, the new version of macOS, and the new M2 chipset in one big power game.”

(Forbes).

Another win for iPad accessibility

Staybl, released this week, improves iPad accessibility for people with Parkinson’s disease. Provides better control with larger buttons and fewer sliding elements, as well as stability of the screen against movement caused by user vibration:

“Over time, these tremors – which usually affect the hands – can make it difficult to perform simple tasks, such as getting dressed or using mobile devices, and can affect a person’s overall quality of life.

“However, using the iPad’s accelerometer, Staybl can detect when the device is shaking due to jerks and then respond immediately by moving the web browser on the screen in the opposite direction. This stabilizes the screen so the user can easily view the web page while holding the device steady.” .

(the edge).

Where is Apple’s Promised iPhone Repair Option?

The past few weeks have seen iFixit partner with a number of leading manufacturers (including Samsung, Google, Valve, and Microsoft) to offer replacement parts and manuals so users can repair their own devices. Notable in Apple’s absence, an absence made more controversial by Apple’s lack of action on its Set Service Repair program:

“When Apple announced the self-service fix last November, it claimed that the program would start in early 2022. But Apple is down. We’re almost halfway through the year and haven’t heard any new information about the self-service fix or its expected launch date.

“This lack of transparency is frustrating, to say the least. Self-service reform isn’t just a popular idea; it’s also something that benefits the environment and has an immediate impact on customer wallets. Should we wait for this program to launch, or should we just assume that Apple has given up?” about the idea?”

(ReviewGeek).

Apple game console

Apple patents many details of the game console, showing that Apple considers games beyond the simple touch screen, although patents don’t always lead to a purchase of a product, you shouldn’t read this as Angel that the console is coming. But it is taught about:

“With two huge game console accessory patents announced to the public on the same day, it strongly suggests that this is a major accessory project. Whether Apple will license its patents to third-party developers or file them as an Apple-branded accessory is unknown in the This time… However, given the complexity of some features, it strongly suggests that Apple wants to have tight control over features and software options out of the gate in the future. Although, as always, only time will tell.”

(Batley Apple).

Here we look at you (closely), boy

Apple announced the winners of the “Shot on iPhone Macro” photography challenge, highlighting the power of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max’s large-lens camera, along with the smartphone’s software and hardware handling:

Over the course of several weeks earlier this year, iPhone photographers from around the world shared their best macro photos for the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge, making even the smallest details look epic in photos captured with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Today, Apple announces the 10 winners who highlight the global and diverse community of iPhone photographers, with finalists from China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand and the US Their stunning photos will be featured on apple.com, on Apple’s Instagram (apple) account and on Billboards in specific cities.

(apple).

Finally…

DuckDuckGo Browser is a popular choice for iOS and Android users who are looking for a privacy-focused browser. The team released a beta version of macO this week. It’s worth noting that this desktop browser will use Apple’s WebKit to render the page, rather than the more popular Chromium engine.

…DuckDuckGo says that its browser will automatically manage cookie consent pop-ups ‘on many sites’, that it will use encrypted HTTPS connections whenever available, and that the browser will block trackers and allow you to scan websites based on stored data Each site individually. The browser also includes its own password manager which can import data “from other browsers and browser extensions such as 1Password or LastPass.” Private syncing of passwords and bookmarks between browsers is a planned feature but is not available in this initial release.”

(Ars Technica).

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