Looking at a new week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes a surprising iPhone 12 Mini decision, a sneaky trick in the iPhone 12 box, a MacBook alert, updates and issues with macOS, a review of Apple Watch at 6, Facebook asking for more, and goodbye to iPod Nano.
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).
The shrinking storage on the new iPhones
While we wait for Apple to formally announce the iPhone 1
“Productive Apple tipster John Prosser has confirmed that Apple will double the entry-level storage capacity of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to 128 GB, which addresses the much-criticized 64 GB starting point in iPhone 11 Pro models. But that’s not all good news. .
“While iPhone 12 Pro models get this (long-awaited) storage bump, Prosser states that the all-new iPhone 12 mini (” Definitely the final marketing name “) and iPhone 12 will be stuck with 64 GB of storage. They will also have the same 64 / 128/256 GB upgrade options like the iPhone 11 series, and miss the 512 GB top level available for the iPhone 12 Pro models. “
More here at Forbes.
IPhone, The Box and EarPods
In addition to speculation about the launch date of the iPhone 12 family, the question of what will be in the box has also arisen. Will Apple remove peripherals to reduce material bills? Hidden in the code of iOS 14.2 is a curious omission that suggests that the traditional EarPods are gone. July Clover reports:
In iOS 14.2, this wording has been adjusted to say only “headphones”, and removed the “accompanying” part of this statement. The full code reads as follows:
“To reduce the exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, headphones, or other similar accessories.
“All the aforementioned headphones have included ‘delivered’, and the deliberate elimination of the word in the new code strongly suggests that Apple has no plans to ‘deliver’ headphones with the upcoming iPhone 12 models.”
More on MacRumors.
Beware of the ideas of the ARM MacBook
With the tension continuing to build around Apple’s move to ARM for the macOS platform and a new MacBook expected later this month, it’s worth remembering that Microsoft has beaten Apple to the battle. This week, Windows 10 received a mid-cycle update on the ARM-powered Surface Pro X. That makes Microsoft the well-known number, and Apple the laptop that needs warning. I took a look at the two new ARM platforms earlier this week:
“Today, the Surface Pro X is not only a known quantity that has been validated by the market, but it is a known quantity that has picked up a mid-cycle update on the processor and a roadmap for increased app compatibility and flexibility.
“Apple’s ARM-powered MacBook is a mystery. The emulation that Apple has been talking about is just that. Talk. Once released, the dental problems that Microsoft faced will also be faced by Apple; let’s not forget the transition to ARM. top of a major update to macOS for Big Sur v11. “
More here at Forbes.
Go forward and backward with macOS.
Speaking of Big Sur, the upcoming version of macOS to be released has picked up another beta as Apple seems to be minimizing the aforementioned dental issues on both ARM and Intel powered machines. July Clover reports:
“Apple today unveiled the ninth beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur update for developers for testing purposes, one week after the release of the eighth beta and more than two months after the new update was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
“The MacOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center, and once the current profile is installed, the subsequent beta will be available through the software update mechanism in System Preferences.”
Meanwhile, the security update for older macOS Mojave was rolled back while Apple investigated issues with both the operating system and the latest version of the Safari browser. An update (a “supplemental update” in Apple’s words) is now available to fix the OS issues. More on this at MacRumors.
Review of the Apple Watch 6.
Apple’s September event was the launch of the Apple Watch 6, with new features such as an oxygen sensor in the blood, an improved system on the chip, an adjusted screen and of course some new colors. But the main problem is still the battery. James Stables takes a closer look at:
“Although no other smartwatch can touch the Apple Watch as a smartwatch, battery life is the Achilles heel. And it becomes an unpleasant problem. We got far more than the 18 hours provided by Apple, with nearly 36 hours at a time including a 45 minute workout.
“It’s sleep tracking that really upsets things. The routine of nocturnal charging was acceptable, but now we find time to charge, and to have to create new routines. Ensuring that we have charging is now something we are actively thinking about – and it’s a bit error.
“That said, we feel that the pressure from battery anxiety will become even more acute when the world becomes normal.”
The entire review is on Wareable.
Facebook is fighting Apple for message selection
The team at The Information has reported on Facebook’s continued requests to Apple to allow users to change the default messaging application on iPhones. With iOS 14 allowing the default browser to be switched away from Safari (with Microsoft’s Edge and Google’s Chrome both popular options), the principle is now set. Will Apple follow through or is the soft locking through Messages strong to pull? Chris Welch looks at the request:
“According to [Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s head of Messenger]Facebook has routinely asked Apple over the years to allow third-party apps to take over as the default messaging client. The answer has always been no. “The main idea is that messaging drives hardware sales,” he said when asked why Apple’s stance remains unchanged.
“And it’s probably right: Apple’s iMessage platform and the features it enables between iPhone owners – voice messages, read receipts, reply / write indicators, stickers and message effects, Memoji and more – are a driving factor in why people buy and stick with iPhones. “
More on The Verge.
And finally …
After the iPod Nano was canceled in 2017, Apple continued to offer full warranty and repair service; to this week. The venerable music player has been moved to Apple’s outdated list, which limits the repair options before moving on to vintage status in a few years:
After many years of service, and iPod touch taking over a large share of iPod sales, Apple accepted the nano line in 2017. Today’s addition to the “vintage” list means that seventh generation iPod nano devices are eligible for repair and service on Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers, but only when necessary parts are available. In two years, the latest nano is expected to become “obsolete” and will no longer be eligible for repair. “
More on Appleinsider.
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