While the upcoming iPhones may not have any ground-breaking features – they are being to feel more like “S” updates with each revelation – Apple looks set to turn up the performance on the handsets. The latest details on the lower-end iPhone 14 models suggest a reworking around the modem to offer a faster phone:
This week’s Apple Loop looks back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, including astonishing iPhone performance, surprising iPhone 14 price, leaks about iOS’ always-on screen, concerns about the MacBook Pro, a delay for the iPad OS, Apple’s advertising expansion, and Microsoft’s move into the Apple Silicon market. The purpose of Apple Loop is to bring to your attention some of the numerous talks that have occurred over Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
The iPhone looks set to challenge the competition in another way this autumn. As prices rise across the board from suppliers and subcontractors, Apple is looking to keep the price of the entry-level iPhone in 2023 at the same level as the 2022 model Apple’s decision was based on “global mobile phone market stagnation and demand decline… so the price of the basic model is frozen despite some price increase factors.” Detailed by other leakers, these factors include an increase in component prices due to shortages and Apple upgrading several key elements of the iPhone 14 lineup. Most notably, an all-new front-facing camera module from LG Innotek, which leaks claim is triple the price of its predecessor.”
“…Apple has redesigned the internals of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max and will equip them with a new Qualcomm X65 modem. The former is typically done to improve heat build-up, which allows chips to run faster for longer. The latter is expected to be up to 30% faster than its predecessor, the X60, while adding global support for mmWave — 5G’s fastest band. The leaker ends by saying ‘etc’, indicating that Apple has made further improvements elsewhere.”
“Spotted by rhogelleim, an iOS developer, the fourth beta of Xcode 14 seems to include an example of what an Always on Display may look like for the iPhone. As seen below in the screenshot, the iPhone will appear to darken and gray out the screen when the Always on Display feature is turned on. “The developer notes that the widget (of Tim Cook’s face) is usually in full color, but the SwiftUI preview removes all of the colors from the image when this potential feature activates”
Here Are The 40 ‘Destiny 2’ Exotic Armor Pieces That Still Don’t Have Ornaments A closer examination of the source code from Apple’s xCode developer environment, has revealed settings and sample code that would allow iOS to offer an always-on experience. That doesn’t guarantee the tool will appear in the iPhone 14 family, but it makes it much more likely.
“Apple has kept this consumer-focused MacBook Pro around for at least another two years, sitting awkwardly between the consumers’ MacBook Air and the professionals’ MacBook Pro. It should deliver more performance than the MacBook Air thanks to the active cooling of the M2 chipset, but it still falls short of the M1 Pro and M1 Max in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models from 2021. It should offer better value for money than the larger MacBook pro models, but it’s the MacBook Air that carries the new design cues and modern touches, not the smaller MacBook Pro.”
With the focus on the iPad platform pushing it towards more mobile computing work, iPadOS continues to expand and accommodate the changes required. This year’s update is running a few weeks behind schedule… expect it alongside a macOS release in October rather than the iOS release in September:
“It’s not uncommon for macOS to follow a few weeks after iOS, but the iPad software has always been updated on the same schedule as its iPhone sibling. Since iPadOS split from iOS in 2019, the two operating systems have arrived on the same day. [Bloomberg’s Mark] Gurman says all of Apple’s software updates are running just a little behind schedule this year (the Public Betas launched a little later than usual, for example), but not