Stunning iPhone 14 leak, iPhone supply issues, MacBook Air issues,

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Stunning iPhone 14 leak, iPhone supply issues, MacBook Air issues,

Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes iPhone 14 price shock, iPhone 14 Pro supply issues, latest MacBook Air issues , the Mac Pro ignoring M1, Apple updates everyone’s software, progress keyboard class action, and a USB-C mode for your AirPods.

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).

Get ready for an expensive iPhone 14

Apple loyalists were already bracing for a price hike on the iPhone 14 family and this week saw more details on how the economy is impacting iPhone production:

“We believe a $100 price increase is coming for the iPhone 14,” Ives explained. “Prices have increased throughout the supply chain, and Cupertino needs to pass those costs on to the consumer on this release.”

(The Sun via Forbes)

iPhone 14 facing supply issues

One of the other issues raised by the strained supply chain is the availability of the iPhone 14. Projected stock has been rising and falling for some time, with more analysts now looking into reduced availability at launch. . If you’re looking for a new iOS smartphone, you’ll have to be quick!

“At this time, Kuo added that “Apple usually does not significantly change the shipping forecast for new iPhones (double-digit increase/decrease) before launching new models and confirming actual demand/feedback from the market”. Now Kuo is toeing the same line saying there is a supply issue but it will have “limited impact on the upcoming mass production of the iPhone 14 as other vendors can fill the gap. supply shortage”.

(9to5Mac).

Performance issues with the MacBook Air

You may recall that the M2 powered MacBook Pro encountered throttling and overheating issues when asked to work on intensive tasks compared to the M1 MacBook Pro. With the MacBook Air also running the M2, would it also be bothered by the same issue?

“Unfortunately, the MacBook Air M2 suffers from the same issue – perhaps unsurprising given that it uses the same M2 chipset. What’s surprising is that Apple has gotten into the situation where the new machine – a machine that may be consumer-focused but is advertised as having the power to do what you need – has less hard work potential than its predecessor.”

(Forbes).

An extreme option for the Mac Pro

At the other end of the portfolio, the Mac Pro remains the only Mac system that hasn’t yet transitioned from Intel to ARM-based Apple Silicon. With the rollout of the M2 chips, will Apple skip an M1 Mac Pro and go straight to the M2? Mark Gurman reports that it’s not just the M2, but the M2 Extreme:

“According to Gurman, users will be able to configure the new ‌Mac Pro‌ with ‌M2‌ Ultra and ‌M2‌ Extreme chip options. Currently, the M1 Ultra is Apple’s most powerful custom silicon chip available, with a 20 cores and up to a 64-core GPU, with a 32-core neural engine Sitting above the Ultra in the chip lineup, the ‌M2‌ Extreme would likely exceed those specs to become Apple’s premier silicon chip plan for maximum performance.

(Power on via MacRumors).

Software updates for everyone

Apple has released updates across the full range of its current hardware, specifically macOS Monterey 12.5, iOS 15.6, tvOS 15.6, HomePod 15.6, and WatchOS 8.7. There are no major additions, with a series of software updates and security issues ironed out, the iPad fixes appearing to be the most important:

iOS 15.6 includes improvements, bug fixes and security updates; The TV app adds the ability to restart a live sports game already in progress and pause, rewind or fast forward; Fixes an issue where Settings may continue to show that device storage is full even though it is available; Addresses an issue that may cause braille devices to become slow or unresponsive when navigating Mail text; Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may jump back to a previous page.

(Apple Support).

Keyboard Rules

Longstanding issues with Apple’s butterfly keyboard, its flaws, and Apple’s approach to repairs have resulted in a number of lawsuits. Reuters reports that we are coming to an end”

“Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by customers who claimed to know and conceal that the “butterfly” keyboards of its MacBook laptops were susceptible to failure. The proposed preliminary draft was filed late Monday night in federal court in San Jose, Calif., and requires a judge’s approval.

“Apple denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle. It did not immediately respond [to Reuters] to requests for comments.”

(Reuters).

And finally…

Want to charge your AirPods using direct USB-C, without any weird Lightning connector changers? Apple model Ken Pillonel is here to help again. After its physical modification of the iPhone, they have all the guides you need to convert your own AirPods… although I suspect Apple will void your warranty if you try:

“While Pillonel notes that you can replace the AirPods battery from here, it goes one step further by removing the proprietary Lightning connector for USB-C. After days of research, Pillonel manages to create a custom PCB that fits inside the AirPods case.The end result is a pair of AirPods that you can charge with any old USB-C cable lying around your house…just like his project Open-source USB-C iPhone, Pillonel also produced the diagrams for the two AirPods shells and the USB-C PCB available for download on GitHub.”

(The edge).

Apple Loop brings you seven days of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future. Last week’s Apple Loop can be read here, or this week’s edition of Loop’s sister column Android Circuit is also available on Forbes.

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