Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest 14 iPhone leaks, pricing details on the next iPhone, how many iPhones Apple will order, a new MacBook Pro delay, WWDC schedule, addresses Apple union concerns, and WhatsApp’s latest iOS plans.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many, many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news roundup here on Forbes).
All iPhone 14 leaks in one video
With sketchy leaks of the iPhone 14 specs and hardware build, it’s possible to pull it all together to show off the concept of the iPhone 14 lineup. That’s exactly what FrontPageTech viewers on YouTube saw this week.
“In the latest video on the Front Page Tech YouTube channel, Prosser revealed renders of the iPhone 14 Pro made by Apple concept designer Ian Zelbo, highlighting a range of specific design changes that are rumored to , reportedly coming to this year’s top-end iPhone model.
“The renderings reflect a wide variety of plausible design rumors from reliable sources, including CAD renderings and specific dimensions, leaked schematics, prop production mold images, early cases, and other information. “
(FrontPageTech via MacRumors).
The price may not be right
There is something more important than design, especially in today’s economy. How much will the new iPhone 14 family of handsets cost? The answer will upset a lot of geekerati. With Apple switching vendors for the front-facing camera, the nomenclature has exploded. Expect a $100 premium over the store price over the iPhone 13:
According to the ET News source, “the unit price of the front camera of the iPhone 14 has increased almost three times compared to previous models.” This is the largest increase in the price of components of which I remember. Historically, Apple moves to dual then triple rear cameras and adding a high refresh rate display all have an additional cost, but not a multiple of 3.”
If the price is right, what about the volume?
One of the decisions Apple makes regarding the new iPhone 14 models is how many. With the current economic conditions and supply chain issues, Tim Cook and his team are prepared to keep the numbers relatively low:
The company is asking suppliers to assemble about 220 million iPhones, about the same number as last year, according to people familiar with its projections, who asked not to be named because they are not public. Market forecasts edged closer to 240 million units, driven by an expected major iPhone update in the fall, but the mobile industry had a rough start to the year and estimates for production are down in all areas.
Apple quietly delays its MacBook Pro
A good illustration of supply chain issues is Apple’s MacBook Pro. The move to Apple Silicon has made the ARM-powered laptop quite desirable… so desirable that stock is limited for the next few months:
“We’ve started seeing more reports of this and even the original 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were pushed back to mid-July. It’s been a few weeks now and supply issues continue. The MacBook Original 14-inch and 16-inch Pro laptops ship no later than July 28. And directly from Apple, if you’re upgrading a component, like the M1 Pro/Max chip, RAM, or storage, the delay slips until August 8.
(9to5Mac via Forbes).
What will the developers create and when?
As WWDC draws ever closer, Apple has confirmed the schedule for keynotes, seminars, digital labs, and more. Media attention will undoubtedly focus on the keynote address. If new hardware is to be announced alongside software updates, it will be here.
“Unlike past WWDC events during the pandemic, the 2022 conference will see a limited number of developers on campus. However, the 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) keynote itself will be still an online-only media event.
“Other key events at WWDC 2022 include the State of the Platforms Union, which will focus on educating developers on how to use the new tools and technologies showcased during the keynote. The State of the Union is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Pacific (5:00 p.m. EST) on Monday.”
(Apple.com and Apple Insider).
Who doesn’t want a union?
Apple management continues to explain why it doesn’t want Apple retail workers to form a union, suggesting that a collective bargaining approach would make it harder for Apple to improve its terms. This view was laid out in a speech to staff, which leaked this week:
“We have a relationship based on open, collaborative and direct engagement, which I believe could fundamentally change if a store were represented by a union under a collective bargaining agreement,” said Deirdre O’Brien, vice -president of retail and people at Apple. , in a six-minute video released yesterday among Apple’s 58,000 employees in the United States and obtained by Motherboard.
WhatsApp has confirmed that the popular messaging app will lose compatibility with devices running iOS 10 and iOS 11 later this year. Considering Apple is set to launch iOS 16 at WWDC next month, that might not be as surprising as you might think. However, you have 6 months until the end of life date:
“With that in mind, users who have these iPhones will not be able to use WhatsApp from October. Those who have an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s running iOS 12 need not worry for now, because the company will continue to support them. On WhatsApp’s help center, the company already states that iPhone users must be running iOS 12 or later to continue using the app. Android users , for example, need OS 4.1 or later.
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