Returning to another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes leaked new iPhone features, Apple confirms iPhone issues, MacBook big changes, pricing MacBook Pro, the start of production of the Apple Watch Series 7, the legal issues with the App Store and one more thing from Tim Cook.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many, many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly recap of Android news here on Forbes).
I think my iPhone knows where to go
Apple is adding data and satellite messaging services to the upcoming iPhone, according to reports this week. At the moment, this feature appears to be limited to emergency calls and follows the tendency of not being turned on when the phone is first released. But once the concept is proven, it could easily be improved with a software update or be a key feature for the next iPhone model.
“And while the next iPhone may have the necessary hardware for satellite communications, the features are unlikely to be ready until next year,” said another person, who asked not to be identified as the plans were not forthcoming. are not yet public. Features could also change. or be scrapped before being released. “
Confirmed iPhone 12 hardware issues
This week, Apple confirmed a manufacturing defect with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro handsets manufactured between October 2020 and April 2021. These handsets may develop a defect in the sound receiver module, making any type of calling impossible. Apple offers free repair, but bewareâ¦ if your iPhone sustains further damage, you will need to pay for that repair as part of the process.
âThat cost can be substantial. If, like many iPhone owners around the world, you have a crack in your screen and aren’t paying for AppleCare + insurance, Apple says iPhone 12 screen repairs and iPhone 12 Pro cost $ 279 (that’s $ 29 with AppleCare +). Meanwhile, Apple lists for “other damage” repair $ 449 (iPhone 12) and $ 549 (iPhone 12 Pro). “
The big changes coming to the MacBook Pro
Apple is expected to take a big step forward with the macBook Pro later this year; Last year’s release of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air M1 paved the way, but there’s a lot more to come from Cupertino, as Roman Loyola examines the changes coming to the macOS laptop. At this rate, the hardware could reach parity with the competition on Windows 10.
ââ¦ The idea that the next Apple SoC could be significantly faster than the M1 makes it the most exciting thing that will happen with the new MacBook Pro. Various reports indicate that the SoC in the new MacBook Pro will be called M1X and that it could have a 10-core processor, with eight performance cores and two efficiency cores. This is double the number of performance cores of the M1. In addition, the M1X can support a maximum of 64 GB of RAM, the maximum of the M1 is 16 GB. “
How much for that MacBook Pro in the window?
The other question, and maybe one of them, is how much will the new MacBook Pro machines cost. Apple has a relatively consistent set of price points, and the new technology and redesign of the 14in MacBook Pro should see an entry-level price similar to the previous high-end 13in macOS laptop:
âThe current 16-inch MacBook Pro, despite being an Intel laptop, starts at $ 2,399, while the top tier MacBook Pro starts at $ 1,799. Lower tier Intel hardware has been replaced by the MacBook Pro M1, and the obvious appeal would be the upcoming MacBook Pro laptops would replace the smaller laptops at $ 1,799 and the larger ones at $ 2,399. “
Watch out for the new watch
Along with the iPhone, Apple is expected to launch a number of smaller products, such as a redesign of Air Pods and the upcoming Apple Watch. The latter’s 7 series seeks to target the same launch window as the iPhone 13, although volumes may be lower than expected:
â… suppliers are expected to ramp up production of the Apple Watch Series 7 from the end of September. This delay may indeed reflect a short production delay, as Nikkei Asia had signaled that serial production of the Apple Watch Series 7 was initially scheduled to begin around mid-September. “
The App Store Needs Alternative Payment Providers
South Korea has passed a law that prohibits App Store owners from requiring developers to use their integrated payment system; alternative payment providers must be authorized. Given that credit card providers expect them to take about 3% of a sale for a fee against the App Store standard of 30%, it’s fair to say that Google and Apple in particular will push this back to South Korea, and hope that this principle does not extend to other territories.
âGoogle and Apple stores offer certain benefits, such as user authentication for purchases, frictionless shopping through stored payment information, and easy hosting and distribution of data for digital products. If developers don’t need any of these or are ready to launch their own solutions, standard credit card processors typically only take a 1-3% reduction in sales. “
App Store readers get a little piece of cheese
Apple has offered a small concession to “reader” applications as part of a deal with the Japanese antitrust regulator. It allows app developers who offer “reader” apps – those that simply display information from elsewhere – to point to a web page from within the app to help users manage their account. This is a limited and specific option, and note that Apple decides what is and is not a player app.
âThe ban on providing separate links on apps in the App Store has been lifted for so-called reading apps that provide content such as e-books, videos and music that do not offer a level of free service, but require payment upon registration. Currently. , apps like Netflix and Spotify bypass Apple’s commissions by around 15-30% by requiring users to register on their websites first.
What does a post-cooking apple look like? As he arrives, there may be (ahem) one more thing from the current CEO stepping down to hand the reins over to possibly a hand-picked successor:
âThe belief inside Apple is that Cook just wants to stay in a major new product category, which will likely be augmented reality glasses rather than a car – something that’s even further removed. He also understands that running a Silicon Valley business is typically a youngster’s game, and it’s not going to stay much beyond its prime.
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