Apple Loop: New iPhone Leak Damages iPhone 11, Massive iOS 13 Problems, Powerful MacBook Pro Ignored – Forbes
Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop takes in the return of an updated iPhone SE, switching on Deep Fusion for the iPhone 11, the lack of joined up thinking in iOS13, more massive iOS bugs, Tim Cook’s October launch plans, a lament for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the oldest iPhone case in the world… is Russian.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
New iPhone Leak Could Destroy iPhone 11 Appetite
With the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max now on sale, the last thing you would want is to have people lusting after a new iPhone going on sale just after Christmas, right? Step forward the latest leaks on the iPhone SE2, a handset expected to go on sale just after Christmas at a much more attractive price point than the iPhone 11. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:
…acclaimed Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo reveals Apple will soon launch a long-awaited successor to the iPhone SE. Furthermore, it will contain the beating heart of the iPhone 11 Pro for a fraction of the cost and launch early next year.
Spelling this out, Kuo says the so-called ‘iPhone SE2’ will feature the A13 Bionic – Apple’s top of the range iPhone chipset – along with 3GB LPDDR4X RAM, the same as the $700 iPhone 11. Kuo believes the handset will be the “best upgrade choice” for millions of users and will ship up to 40 million units next year.
So, who’s buying an iPhone 11 as a gift now? More here on Forbes.
Deep Fusion’ Activated For iPhone 11 Users
Designed to improve the iPhone 11 family’s photo quality in medium and indoor lighting conditions, Apple’s ‘Deep Fusion’ software was not ready for the September launch of the handsets. Now it is ready, and the post-processing software is rolling on in the iOS 13.2 beta. Nilay Patel and Cameron Faulkner report:
To refresh your memory, Deep Fusion is a new image processing pipeline for medium-light images, which Apple senior VP Phil Schiller called “computational photography mad science” when he introduced it onstage. But like much of iOS 13, Deep Fusion wasn’t ready when the phones arrived two weeks ago. And although the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have extremely impressive cameras, Deep Fusion’s is meant to offer a massive step forward in indoor and medium-lighting situations. And since so many photos are taken indoors and in medium light, we’re looking forward to testing it.
Joined Up OS Thinking Is Missing in IOS 13
One of the issues in iOS 13 is the lack of joined-up thinking with other parts of Apple’s ecosystem/ The problems with the Reminders app not working alongside older versions of iOS and macOS has caused a lot of sync headaches this week, as Gordon Kelly reports:
The problem stems from the fact Apple has, bizarrely, made Reminders in iOS 13 incompatible with “earlier versions of iOS and macOS.” For iPhones and iPads, this means any device still on or limited to iOS 12 (iOS 13 cuts off support for two generations) will be unable to sync with the new Reminders app. Moreover, macOS 10.15 Catalina is required for syncing with the new Reminders app and it isn’t even available yet.
And it gets worse. Not only is syncing broken until every device is running iOS 13 or macOS Catalina, Reminders created on iOS 12 or macOS Mojave will be lost when the app is upgraded.
More here on Forbes. Not everyone upgrades on day zero – and certainly not when Apple has made such a hash of iOS 13.
Apple Forced Into Hurried Update Of iOS 13
Following numerous reports of issues with iOS 13.1.1 (including the inability for popular mobile banking apps to ask for TouchID verification), Apple pushed out iOS 13.1.2 at the start of this week. Chris Welch looks over the changes that are primarily about fixing bugs:
The newest update addresses a handful of issues impacting iCloud backups, the camera (“fixes an issue where camera may not work”), flashlight, Bluetooth, and the HomePod. It also patches up an unusual bug that “could result in a loss of display calibration data.” You wouldn’t want that happening to your new iPhone 11 Pro display, now would you
Previewing Apple’s October Plans
Apple’s secondary consumer event is expect to happen this month, with the potential for Apple’s location-based tag system to be switched on and the debut of the next iPad Pro range. Chance Miller previews the potential products:
Coupled with the launch of iPadOS 13 last month, we expect Apple’s focus on the iPad Pro to continue in October. The iPad Pro just got a major refresh in 2018 with an all-new design, more power than ever, and a new Apple Pencil. This year, rumors suggest that Apple will bring the same triple-lens camera setup that we see on the iPhone 11 Pro to the iPad Pro.
While the iPad Pro is not necessarily a common photography tool, the triple-lens camera does enable vastly improved augmented reality capabilities. It would also make sense for Apple to unify its “Pro” hardware with the same camera technology.
There Is A New MacBook, Why Is Apple Ignoring It?
Of course the October event is Apple’s last chance to launch the 16-Inch MacBook Pro at a public event. I suspect Apple will do so, but it will be diminished by the iPads, Apple Tags, and the updated to iOS and Home Pod. Why is Apple continuing to sideline the MacBook at the major events?:
WWDC saw the launch of the Mac Pro, and a focus on high specs and how it works for the multimedia creative (presumably focusing on the companies that are going to be supplying content for Apple’s subscription TV business). The real line items from WWDC were iOS and the reveal of iPadOS. The Mac was well down the running order and the MacBooks were nowhere to be seen.
Apple’s September event is the key consumer event for the year. It sets the tone for the year to come, it focuses the attention of the public on Apple’s core devices, and that was the iPhone and the Apple Watch. The side order of iPad was a kick in the teeth for those waiting for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Many have commented that Apple’s October event is ‘MacBook Event’, but as noted, I don’t believe Apple will give top billing to the laptop, no matter how critical it is to Cupertino’s ecosystem. More here on Forbes.
When Is Apple’s October Event Going To Be?
The big question is when the October event will be. I’ve taken a look at the pointers and I’m going to declare my support for October 29th, starting with Apple’s quarterly results call:
It’s a touch later than previous October events which aim for the third week of the month, but there’s the curious case of the shifted earnings call. Apple’s fourth quarter earnings call is taking place on Wednesday October 30th. As noted by Neil Cybart, traditionally these calls take place on a Tuesday… unless there’s an Apple event that week, because they also traditionally take place on a Tuesday.
Has Russia discovered the remains of a time-travelling iPhone fan? A recent dig at ‘Russia’s Atlantis’ (an area of archaeological interest that spends eleven months of the year frozen over) have documented a belt buckle that, with typical humour, has been posted online as a 2100 year old phone case. Mindy Weisberger reports:
Scientists with the Institute for the History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) found the object in a woman’s grave, where it lay upon the skeleton’s pelvis. The researchers nicknamed the woman “Natasha” and dubbed the artifact “Natasha’s iPhone,” according to The Siberian Times.
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