A look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino: This week’s Apple Loop includes the upcoming “Unleashed” event, a new MacBook Pro spec leak, iOS 15 sneaky updates, measuring the iPhone 13 battery, the tested 9th generation iPad, the AirPods Pro extended warranty, new Apple Watch thoughts, and Google uses Apple’s app design.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have been going on around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly recap of Android news here on Forbes).
Apple has announced an event for next week. With the name “Unleashed”, it is expected that Tim Cook and his team will seize this moment to bring the new M1X-powered MacBook Pro laptops to market. Oddly enough, it will take place on Monday instead of a traditional Tuesday. With Google already announced the big Pixel 6 launch for Tuesday, it’s nice to see everyone giving each other a bit of space:
“We expect the October event to be largely devoted to the Mac lineup – namely, the long-rumored Apple Silicon updates to the MacBook Pro lineup, possibly with a faster Mac mini or an iMac with a larger screen. The 16-inch MacBook Pro in particular is long overdue for an update – Apple added a few new GPU options in mid-2020, but the laptop’s other specs haven’t been touched since late 2019. “
Surprising MacBook Pro specification leak
Speaking of MacBook Pro machines, the base specs of the laptops that should be considered high-end MacBook Pros (compared to the M1 MacBook Pros launched last year) will start with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage . Given Apple’s markup for these two features, I’m excited to see the starting price, especially if the rumors of an approximate parity between the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 are true:
“MacBook Pro 14 and 16: Mini-LED displays; smaller bezels without lower logo; 1080p webcam; base models have 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage; base M1X is the same configuration for both models; prices between 14 and 16 inches; New loading stone. “
The good, the bad, and the iOS update
While it addresses a number of minor issues (such as issues with CarPlay and the touchscreen), many of the more common issues remain untouched and defective.
“Most of the bugs in iOS 15 remain less positive. These include the bizarre memory error, which incorrectly reports the available capacity and should be fixed in iOS 15.0.1, camera problems, a” forgotten “error when pairing AirPods, shaky ProMotion animations with third-party apps, time sensitive notifications, Apple Podcasts errors, and persistent battery drain issues. There have also been isolated reports of issues with Apple Books and the Notification Center. “
Apple took advantage of the moment to fix some security vulnerabilities, but without mentioning the security researcher who documented Apple when the update was released and pointed out the problems.
“On Monday, Apple released iOS 15.0.2 – the second iOS update since Apple promised to act and the eighth since then [Denis] Tokarev originally informed Apple about the security threats. As he looked into the publication, Tokarev was stunned to discover two things. First, Apple failed to fix two of its zero-day vulnerabilities again. Second, the company had “quietly fixed” [the] Gamed vulnerability in iOS 15.0.2 without giving me credit. “
The iPhone battery hits the iPhone screen
When promoting the new iPhone phones, Apple was happy to provide comparative values at its events. Now that they have been available and in use for a few weeks, we get some hard numbers on the endurance of smartphones. Andrei Frumusanu has focused on the performance benefits of the new display – usually one of the biggest sources of battery drain:
“Today’s examination of the battery life results for the new iPhone 13 series confirms what many others have mentioned – it’s a significant upgrade over the iPhone 12 generation, with huge gains across the board. Apple’s new, more efficient displays, larger batteries, as well as the much more efficient A15 chip represent a sacred trifecta of improvements in hardware properties that have an extremely positive effect on the longevity of the new phones. There is nothing more to say.”
Checking the new iPad
In addition to introducing the iPhone 13 family, Apple also updated the baseline iPad. The 9th generation tablet, which Tim Cook and his team won’t call the tablet, keeps the same design and battery life while updating storage options and the selfie camera. Luke Filipowic tests the new hardware:
“… Video calls are finally good on the cheapest iPad. I don’t know about you, but my trust in FaceTime and other video calling software has grown in importance over the past few years. Thanks to the improved camera, the iPad 2021 is my preferred method for video calling. It’s so easy to sit in a comfortable position on the couch longer with an iPad than with my MacBook. “
Faulty AirPods Pro maintenance program extended
Apple updated the AirPods Pro service program to help users experience crackling noises, static noise, or other issues with active noise cancellation. Previously, the program offered an extension to two years from the date of purchase. According to support documents on the Apple website, this has now been tacitly extended to three years:
“Affected AirPods were manufactured prior to October 2020, and those who are experiencing issues with AirPods Pro can take them to Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider for free service. Apple says the AirPods Pro will be checked prior to service to ensure they are “eligible for the program. AirPods Pro earbuds that show the problem (left, right, or both) will be replaced.”
Apple Watch Series 7 in the test
With all the talk of smartwatches, Apple is the clear market leader. With the seventh series of the wearable now available, Brian Heater looks at the watch with the slightly bigger, slightly brighter, and slightly faster specs:
“The Series 7 marks one of the biggest changes in device design in generations, and even that is not what could be called a radical departure… The truth is, the nature of wearables in general forbids designers from making too radical design changes because the product has to fit your body. “
And finally …
With Android 12, Google is converting its operating system and mobile apps to the new material You. Meanwhile, Google is moving away from its own design cues on iOS and bringing its core apps closer to Apple’s UI guide:
“This is good news. It’s good for the Google developers who don’t have to create that custom code anymore. And more importantly, it’s good for people who use Google’s apps on iOS because with any luck they’ll update faster and.” work better. ” , and feel more like real iOS apps than intruders from another platform. “
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