Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes new iPhone 16 design, iOS 17.2 details, waiting for the MacBook Air, iPad Pro changes, new AirPods accessory, Beeper and Apple Messages, and Apple’s folding phone plans…
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 ).
iPhone 16’s New Line Up
Using the current leaks and information, the MacRumors team have worked on several mockups of the iPhone 16 family to better understand what Apple plans. Small touches like the new action buttons are included, but it’s the new vertical camera lens layout that stands out:
“Unlike its predecessor, the iPhone 16 will have vertically aligned rear cameras, making the phone easily recognizable as the latest model. While the vertical alignment of the rear cameras has so far remained constant throughout different development stages, Apple is considering two different camera bump designs:”
iOS 17.2 Released
The scheduled release of iOS 17.2 hasn’t come as a huge surprise, although it did arrive a day early). While there will be bug fixes and security updates, two features already revealed are now available across the wide range of current iPhones:
“Chief among these is the new Journal app, which helps you write about the stuff that’s happening to you. It’s designed to help improve your wellbeing and is stunningly integrated into the iPhone, all securely encrypted to help your private entries stay for your eyes only. Talking of integration, with this release Apple has added the capability to shoot video in a particular way that will integrate with Apple’s next big product category, the Apple Vision Pro headset.”
Wait For The Air
Apple is pushing the M3 MacBook Pro as the entry-level macOS laptop with M3. Yet the MacBook Air is shaping up to be a cheaper and more appropriate laptop for consumers, even if it won’t be released until March 2024:
“The key argument for the M3 MacBook Pro might be that it’s here now, and March is still some time away. And if that’s the case, you’d be better off checking Apple’s refurb store and picking up the base MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chipset, which has more power, screen, and potential than Apple’s awkward M3 MacBook Pro.”
Simplifying The iPad
Alongside the MacBook Air launch, Apple is expected to upgrade the iPad line-up with several new models that should rationalise the rather messy portfolio. The one of interest to many will be the powerful iPad Pro that will ship with the M3 chipset… the same chipset that will drive the MacBook Air:
“Apple is working to bring that same clarity to the iPad. For starters, it wants to reduce the confusion between the iPad Pro and the Air. The Pro is set for major changes, including an OLED screen, updated design, M3 chip and revamped Magic Keyboard attachment… The iPad Air will come in 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch configurations, while the Pro will be 11 and 13 inches. This mirrors the approach with the MacBook Air and Pro, where the latter model has a slightly larger screen.”
AirPods Pro Case On Sale
There’s a new AirPods product in the Apple Store, with the audio team now selling the new USB-C-enabled case for the AirPods Pro. If you have a pair of AirPods Pro and need a replacement case, at $99, this could be the gift you are looking for… although with shipping dates into January, you’ll need to check your local store to get it under the tree in time!
“The USB-C AirPods Pro, which released earlier this year, still have some advantages over the original Lightning model. Namely, they’re dust-resistant, in addition to being able to handle splashes of water. (The standalone case is rated IP54 just like the earbuds.) The USB-C AirPods Pro will also be able to deliver lossless audio wirelessly when used with Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro headset upon its release next year.”
Apple’s Messaging Cat And Mouse
The team behind Beeper and Beeper Mini are continuing to try and bring Apple’s Messages into their multi-service messaging client… something contrary to Apple’s vision of its messaging ecosystem. Jon Gruber looks at the back and forth as Apple closes another avenue for Beeper:
“Apple guarantees the security of both the protocol (iMessage) and the client software (Messages). In fact, because Messages only runs on Apple devices, Apple further guarantees the security of the underlying operating system and hardware that Messages (the app) runs on, and that all iMessage messages are sent between. With Beeper Mini in the mix, Apple can only guarantee the protocol and your client software, if you’re using Messages.”
Before Apple releases a foldable device, it must find some foldable screens that meet its standards. Thankfully, Samsung is ready to step up:
“Samsung Display and LG Display are said to be already working on projects for Apple’s foldable products, including panels with 20.25-inch dimensions, according to the report. It’s not clear if the panel size relates to a specific product or a panel production process.”
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