Looking at a new week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes some disappointing iPhone 12 leaks, the ‘slow’ 5G iPhone, which says goodbye to the classic MacBook Pro, Apple’s iPad strategy, the new iOS 14 feature is delayed, and return of iPod Music Quiz.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the very many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly summary of Android news here on Forbes).
Doubt about iPhone 12 Specifications
After it was included in the iPad Pro, analysts and commentators were confident that Apple would fit a LiDAR sensor to the upcoming iPhone 1
“Mysterious (but always reliable) Apple leaker Mr White has revealed a couple of iPhone 12 Pro cases that throw a giant key in the works. One shows an iPhone 12 Pro triple camera setup and highlights the position of Apple’s exciting new LiDAR sensor, the other shows the same cameras, but with the LiDAR sensor removed. ”
Unlike previous years, the iPhone 12 handsets are not expected to be available immediately after the launch event, so Apple Square can make the decision on inclusion before production really starts. Read more here.
Will your iPhone 12 have ‘Slow’ 5G or ‘Fast’ 5G
The inclusion of LiDAR is not the only area consumers can miss. Although the entire iPhone 12 family will pick up 5G, the vast majority of phones that reach store shelves will have the ‘slow’ 5G. Only the best iPhone 12 Pro Max supports faster standard. Mark Sullivan reports:
“All the phones in the new iPhone 12 line support the slower but more common Sub-6 type 5G service, but only the largest, tallest phone in the line, a 6.5-inch display device probably called the iPhone Pro Max, will also support millimeter wave 5G.
“The source says that only the largest phone in the line has room for the special antenna design required for the millimeter wave and larger battery needed to accommodate the millimeter wave’s significant power take-off. Also, only the US, Korea and Japan versions of Pro Max will support millimeter wave 5G . ”
More at Fast Company.
Say goodbye to the Classic MacBook Pro
Apple’s move from the Intel architecture to the ARM architecture for the Mac platform is a milestone for Apple, and will see a radical change in macOS-powered desktops and laptops. It’s going to be known especially hard with the MacBook Pro. Although the name may be the same, the current MacBook Pro vision will change. I looked at the issues earlier this week:
As the new platform gathers, developers will turn their attention away from the older versions to focus on the latest updates on the new platform. Some updates will no doubt be backported to Intel, but there will be a clear “before” and “after”, and the MacBook Pro is completely on the ‘front’ side of things.
“It will not only be third-party developers who will see this. Apple will focus on pushing the ARM platform forward and taking advantage of the ARM feature set to differentiate the platform. Undoubtedly important features to keep Intel computers hooked in Apple’s cloud will be backported. , but part of the appeal to move to ARM is the advances that can be made in hardware and software that are not possible on the older platform. ”
Read more here on Forbes.
Apple’s iPad Strategy
Apple’s update of the iPad family, expected by the end of the year, although there are still questions about what will be released. Will the new model from the mid-sized iPad Air, or the base iPad? And if it’s the latter, will Tim Cook and his team adopt the successful iPhone suffix? Mike Peterson reports:
IPad Air was last updated in March 2019, while Apple updated its low-cost iPad tablet in September of the same year. Well-connected TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the device can take an “iPhone SE” strategy and wrap up fast internals to a cheaper footprint. It seems to suggest that it may be an entry-level iPad. “
More on Apple Insider.
iOS ‘removal of user tracking is delayed
Apple has announced that it will delay iOS 14’s requirement for developers to request permission from users via a dialog box to share their ‘Identifier For Advertisers’ tracker. A number of companies involved in advertising, especially Facebook, have been loud about the impact this move will have on their business. Devin Coldewey and Zack Whittaker report:
“Expected later this year, iOS 14 will include a new prompt asking users to choose this type of targeted ad tracking. Developers will be able to integrate this prompt into their apps as soon as iOS 14 is released, but they will not be required to do so, as Apple indicated they would do in the past.
“… Although Apple mentions the need to give developers time, major advertising companies like Facebook have warned that the change could seriously affect their business.” Apple’s updates may make Audience Network so inefficient on iOS 14 that it may not make sense to offer it on iOS 14, “the company said in a statement last week.
Read more at TechCrunch.
Goodbye iPod, Hello iPod Music Quiz
Not only is an iPod classic back on the iPhone, but Apple has made sure developers can see how ‘Music Quiz’ works and how they can build their own visions in iOS 14’s shortcut system. Filipe Espósito reports:
“The game has five rounds, and it shows the five different answers on the screen with the names of the songs, artists and album artwork. You can continue to play several rounds or even share your score on social networks.
“… The most interesting aspect, however, is the fact that the Music Quiz mini-game was built entirely with Apple Shortcuts, which shows how powerful the app is. Expert users can edit the shortcut to the mini-game to explore how it was built and also change some of its aspects. ”
More on 9to5Mac.
Earlier, Apple’s macOS 11 Big Sur wallpaper was duplicated by a fearless team that took a helicopter out to Big Sur, found the right position and got the picture. But why bother using a real helicopter when Microsoft Flight Simulator models the entire earth … including the one place in the sky Apple used? Grayson Blackmon reports:
“To recreate these images, Matt flew to each location, then used Flight Simulator to position the camera, set the focal length, and adjust the time of day with in-game controls. Then with some finishing magic in Adobe Lightroom, he created the images below. .
“… Instead of a multi-day trip, I think this is a pretty great replacement. It’s a good reminder that we can all take the tools we have available and use them in unexpected, creative ways.”
More on The Verge.
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