Returning to another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes details on Apple’s iPhone 12 launch, latest iPhone 12 images, price drop sneaky iPhone, future of iPhone SE, dangerous macOS exploit uncovered, House judiciary calls Apple monopoly, why track and trace apps don’t work on older phones , and Spotify is catching up with Apple Music.
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 recap of Android news here on Forbes).
IPhone 12 launches on October 13.
Apple has confirmed that it will host an online event next week, with the long-awaited iPhone 12 family due to be unveiled on October 13. Apple is expected to launch four iPhone 12 models using the new A14 processor, Geolocation AirTags. trackers, AirPods Studio headphones, and possibly a HomePod mini. In addition to the keyframe, Apple marked the event that will celebrate the delayed launch with the phrase “Hi, speed!”. Stephen Warwick for iMore speculates on the illustration of the event:
“The event logo is orange and blue, with a mix of circles of different sizes. There’s not much to be learned from it except that everything Apple plans to announce is quick! Of course, the news also confirms that Apple’s iPhone 12 event will be battling for bandwidth with Amazon’s Prime Day event, which takes place on October 13-14. “
Kremlinology is strong this week, but John Gruber might have the best analysis:
One last iPhone 12 prediction
Ahead of the upcoming event, the Let’s Go Digital and Concept Creator teams took everything we know about the new iPhones (which as it stands is pretty much everything) to create a final render of the iPhone 12 5G, which should be touted as the “base” iPhone from which the other models are derived. Maybe we’ll have a nice surprise with the screen?
“It’s unclear if Apple is also able to give displays a refresh rate of 120Hz, as has been used by many other smartphone makers in recent months. Apple is rumored to be running out of driver ICs, forcing 60Hz displays this year as well. “
IPhone 12 sneaky price drop
Will Apple see a spike in iPhone sales with the inclusion of 5G in handsets for the first time, matching the spike when it moved to a bigger screen with the iPhone 6 Plus? This is certainly the expectation of the industry. Match that with a lower than expected retail price on the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 and Apple could see a big financial victory with the new handsets. Remember that you will need to purchase your own AC adapter and headphones; these are going to be taken out of the box to bring the retail price down – and I would expect to see an increase in peripheral sales to offset that price drop. Gordon Kelly reports:
Multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley has revealed that the launch of the iPhone 12 series will be ‘the biggest iPhone event in years’, with sales skyrocketing 22% next year to reach $ 220 million. ‘units. And the price will be a huge factor.
“… Morgan Stanley is showcasing the all-new iPhone 12 mini starting at $ 649 ($ 50 less than the entry-level iPhone 11 last year) and the top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max 512GB sells for $ 1,399 ($ 50 less than the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max).
IPhone SE will be left behind
The launch of the second-generation iPhone SE earlier in 2020 allowed Apple to maintain overall iPhone sales amid the economic whirlwind of the coronavirus pandemic. The SE has been advertised as having the same horsepower as the current iPhone 11 lineup. With the launch of the iPhone 12, there will be a marked difference in performance between the iPhone SE and the alleged iPhone 12 Mini. Will that be matched with an iPhone SE update in 2021? The latest leaks suggest the SE is going to be left at the bottom of the ladder.
“The Mizuho Securities report suggests the latter. The next generation iPhone SE doesn’t start a new spring cycle of iPhone launches, but those expecting a third generation SE are going to have to manage their expectations for another year. “
Apple faces dangerous Mac security issue
The Mac community is also facing security concerns around the T2 chip from a team of researchers who have worked hard to examine Apple’s T2 security chip prevalent in the modern Mac ecosystem (an explanatory timeline is here ). Lily Hay Newman takes a closer look at the impact of the feat:
“Combined with another T2 vulnerability that was publicly disclosed in July by the Chinese security and jailbreak research group Pangu Team, the jailbreak could also be used to obtain FileVault encryption keys and decrypt user data. The vulnerability cannot be patched because the flaw is in low-level code and not modifiable for hardware.
“The T2 is supposed to be that secure little black box in Macs – a computer inside your computer, which handles tasks such as enforcing lost mode, checking integrity, and other privileged tasks. Says Will Strafach, longtime iOS researcher and creator of The Guardian. Firewall app for iOS. “So the important thing is that this chip was supposed to be harder to compromise, but now it’s done.”
More on Wired. Apple has been approached for comment, but Cupertino has not made an official statement regarding this safety bolt. While the security concern applies to all Macs with the T2 chip, because the attack requires physical interaction with the computer, the MacBook family is at greater risk than desktop-bound Mac computers. This is another danger for corporate IT departments to add to the risk register.
Does Apple have a software distribution monopoly?
Following a 16-month investigation, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has reported on the potential for “ monopoly power ” that Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon hold in the tech space. Kari Paul reports:
“Companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have amassed too much power and should be brought under control,” US lawmakers concluded in a major report resulting from a 16-month investigation of America’s biggest tech platforms. These companies “exercise their dominance in a way that erodes entrepreneurship, degrades the privacy of Americans online and undermines the vitality of the free and diverse press,” the House Judiciary Committee concluded in its report. of nearly 500 pages.
“… Apple is accused of dominating software distribution by controlling which apps are allowed on iOS devices. The survey indicated that Apple promotes its own services by preinstalling them on iPhones and puts its competitors at a disadvantage by charging them up to 30% commission fees. “
Tracking and tracing, security and operating system updates explained
The rise of “ Track and Trace ” applications in your smartphones has been part of public health strategies around the world during the coronavirus pandemic. The recent launch of the app in England has angered many with its requirement for iOS 13 (or Android 6). Why can’t this app work on older phones? Which brings us back to the issue of smartphone operating system updates and the shorter windows they run on compared to the lifespan of the phone. Kate Bevan reports:
“The news is slightly better with iPhones: Apple supports its phones for up to five years. The general rule of thumb with iPhones (and iPads) is if you can’t install the current version of iOS, it’s time to replace your device. For the record, the oldest iPhone that can install iOS 14 is the iPhone 6S.
“Apple occasionally releases updates for devices that it no longer officially supports: The latest update to iOS 13 was to deploy the underlying software framework (the ‘API’) that enables the NHS Covid-19 application to operate. If your phone can download and install iOS 13.5, you can run the NHS Covid-19 app. “
What happens when you have musical lyrics stuck in your head? Unlike hearing a sample of music on the radio, you cannot use Shazam. Spotify now has the answer, although it’s one that Apple users may already be familiar with. Michael Potuck reports:
“… It is common to search the web for the lyrics before heading to your music service to read or add the track. Now Spotify has simplified this problem because the service on iOS and Android has added the convenient option to type lyrics to search for songs.
“The update catches up with Spotify to Apple Music, as the latter won word search in 2018 with iOS 12.”
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