Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple confirming launch event details, fast charging on the iPhone 14 Pro, the amazing price of the iPhone 14, the launch date of the new MacBook Pro, the return of the Mac Pro issue resolved and Apple Watch, FlickType, and Lightning Cable Replacement.
The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (You can read the weekly summary of Android news here on Forbes).
Apple confirms launch event, what can we expect to see?
Apple’s event next week will be packed with product launches from a number of categories, but as always, the iPhone will be the star of the show and the biggest financial contribution to Apple’s revenue as a whole. What can we expect? Let’s start with the highly anticipated iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max:
“Apple, of course, will reveal the all-new iPhone 14 in September, but the standard model probably won’t be the star of the show. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to carry the bulk of the exciting new features. There are three big features expected in the 14 Pro. And the Pro Max: an always-on display (a feature Android phones have had for years); a 48-megapixel rear camera with a larger sensor; and a screen that does away with the notch in favor of smaller camera cutouts.”
The maximum power of Pro Max may not be enough
Strong reports suggest that Apple will introduce faster 30W charging to the iPhone Pro phones this year, improving charging time over previous models by a notable margin. The comparison does not fit into the Android space, where 100W fast charging is common and some phones support up to 240W. But it has progressed for the iPhone, albeit it has reached its potential limits:
However, the bad news is that there are a lot of caveats. DuanRui says 30W fast charging will be limited to iPhone 14 Pro models, which is a surprise given that previous leaks claimed it’s coming to the full range. The leaker also reveals Lightning’s limitations, Saying that the maximum interface power is restricted to “only 27W (9V 3A), 14.5V cannot be used.”
iPhone prices up and down
The other big question about the new iOS smartphones is the price. There is general acceptance that the price will go up this year, supply chain issues, general economic winds, and the need to maintain margins; But how much will the price go up? Not everything needs to be raised the same amount. In fact, one tip suggests that the iPhone 14 could be considered a price cut, replacing the iPhone 13 Mini at $699. A closer look at the specs might show some economy in size and bottoms, but the headlines for a “price cut” would be welcomed by Tim Cook and his team:
“So it’s not unreasonable for Apple to price the iPhone 14 at $699, tying the range to the same entry point as the iPhone 13 Mini. On top of that, the iPhone 14 Max will sell for $799 like a hot cake, and Apple will successfully widen the gap between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro to $300. This is in line with the company’s attempts to increase differentiation between professional and non-professional models.”
Will the new MacBook Pro arrive early?
Thanks to the early launch of the M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro at WWDC this summer, Apple’s traditional MacBook launch at a late October event has a tantalizing potential backed by details from the supply chain. The high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro computers may be updated with m2 technology as early as next month.
“It now appears that Apple has the option to bring larger MacBook Pro laptops to market before the end of 2022, most likely with the M2 Pro and M2 Max variants of the Apple Silicon chips. Assuming Apple continues the tradition of late October or early November launch event, it will be This is prime time to announce these new MacBooks.”
The Mac Pro is finally back
How about an Apple event in October? This might be more interesting. In addition to the aforementioned MacBook Pro update, Apple still has one Mac left to move to Apple Silicon before the end of the year. Mac Pro:
“[Mark Gurman reports] Apple is preparing to release “M2-based versions of the Mac mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro” over the next few months. That means an updated Mac mini model and a new Mac Pro are in the cards, and it makes sense to see Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, John Ternus, stated that a new Mac Pro was in the works during the Mac Studio announcement. This means that the end of Intel chips in Apple products is imminent.”
Just tap your Apple Watches together three times…
Good news for Apple Watch fans, not only is Apple preparing the updated Apple Watch Series 8 for launch along with the iPhone 14, not only does stock levels appear healthy, so no delays are expected, it’s also coming…red!
In a tweet earlier today, ShrimpApplePro said the Apple Watch Series 8 will continue to be available in 41mm and 45mm sizes, just like the Apple Watch Series 7. Adding to a previous report on Apple Watch Series 8 color options, the leaker said that the option ( PRODUCT) RED for the device will be a “new shade of red”.
FlickType court case ends
Last year’s lawsuit by Kosta Eleftheriou against Apple over the previous FlickType keyboard, its removal from the Apple App Store, and the subsequent emergence of similar third-party apps ended:
“Following the filing of the lawsuit last year, the parties engaged in court calls with a judge, as the court record shows, including this spring. Apple and Kpaw (the Eleftheriou Corporation) reached an agreement. Eleftheriou was unable to comment on the terms of the settlement. Apple was not immediately able to comment on the dismissal either.”
Eleftheriou is a staunch advocate of developer rights in the App Store, and continues to highlight consumer fraud and Apple’s poor developer relationships:
“Just a few days ago, I restarted the scam search tool and was able to find several new scam apps within five minutes, and this is clearly affecting users and developers alike.”
Ten years ago, Apple introduced its own Lightning cable system. On the anniversary of the still-discussed White Harbor, Mitchell Clark says it’s time to pull the cable:
“Every iPhone still comes with a Lightning cable, and the cable remains a reliable way to charge devices and connect to accessories and cars. But as Lightning approaches its 10th birthday, Apple and many others are ready for Apple to close the book on this connector and fundamentally change how we charge our phones. Not because Lightning is technically outdated; it’s because another port has outdone it in one major area — everywhere.”
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