Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes new iPhone 13 leaks, a serious iPhone 12 problem, Apple’s quarterly numbers, the new iPad Pro design, the thirty percent solution, new AirPods leak, iOS 14 security issues, and recovering an Apple II floppy disk.
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).
A Smaller Notch For The iPhone 13
Although the iPhone 13 is set to retain the notch it is going to be a lot smaller. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is going to depend a lot on your own personal preference for a notch, a teardrop, a punch out, or a pop-up camera. Simon Lohmann and Karen Haslma report:
“Rumours about a smaller notch have been circulating for a while and it is at the top of the wish list for many iPhone fans, but there is new information about this in Prosser’s latest video. According to Prosser, the notch of the 2021 iPhone “isn’t smaller in the way we want it to be”. Rather than being narrower, apparently it will be shorter – but he emphasises that it may well change.”
Pacemaker Warning For iPhone 12 Owners
Last weekend saw Apple publish a support document regarding the potential interference with medical devices of the magnets inside the iPhone 12 handsets, With the inclusion of the new mag-safe connection system there are more magnets in the latest handsets than in previous years:
Here’s the key section of the support document: “Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.”
How Many Billions This Quarter?
Apple’s earnings for Q1 2021 are a record for the company, with $111.44 billion revenue and profits of $28.76 billion. Chance Miller reports:
“As always, it’s important to note that Apple no longer reports iPhone, iPad, and Mac unit sales numbers, though it does report a revenue breakdown by product category… Apple says that iPhone, Wearables, and Services all set new revenue records. Revenue in total was up 21% year-over-year, while quarterly earnings per diluted share were up 35% to $1.68.”
New iPad Pro Design Leaks
Thanks to a leak of the CAD plans, the next iPad Pro design may well have been confirmed. While the inclusion of 5G mmWave can’t be seen, the overall look and feel is clear. Hartley Charlton reports:
“…The fifth-generation 11-inch iPad Pro will be the same thickness as the current model, but Apple will “shave off some millimeters from the length and breadth.” The device may also exhibit changes to the internal speaker system, resulting in external changes to the design and placement of the speaker grilles.”
About That Thirty Percent
This week in the Epic/Apple app store stramash has brought some emails from Apple’s exec team into the public. Dating from 2011, they discuss how Apple would handle subscription services on AppleTV, with a view to not disturbing the thirty percent cut that powers the App Store. Chaim Gartenberg reports:
“The emails date back to a 2011 discussion, which included Apple software and services leader Eddy Cue, around how Apple would handle subscription video applications on the Apple TV — an important conversation, given the rise in popularity of streaming services. And while the discussion doesn’t offer much insight on Apple’s existing 30 percent fee for the App Store, it does reveal how malleable those rules were when it came to maximizing profit.”
Listening For Some New AirPods
Supply chain watchers have, through the usual convoluted chains of parts suppliers, spotted the potential for a second-generation AirPods product to be launched in the first half of 2021. Malcolm Owen reports:
“The report doesn’t state what model exactly will be using the memory, but it hints that it might be for a new model. Report sources claim the company is anticipated to be one of the NOR flash suppliers for the next-generation AirPods Pro release, which is allegedly slated for launch “later in the first half” of 2021.
“The company will allegedly be running at near full production capacity over the first half of the year due to the orders. It is unknown how many of the orders relate to Apple, but if it’s true, it’s likely to be a fairly sizable chunk of capacity.”
Apple’s Security Changes In iOS 14 Update
The iOS 14.4 update is now live. As well as the usual bug fixed, Apple has published extra information on the security updates in the new versio. Catalin Cimpanu has taken a closer look at the three zero-day exploits that have been addressed:
“Security experts believe the three bugs are part of an exploit chain where users are lured to a malicious site that takes advantage of the WebKit bug to run code that later escalates its privileges to run system-level code and compromise the OS.
“However, official details about the attacks where these vulnerabilities were used were not made public, as is typical with most Apple zero-day disclosures these days. Apple also declined to comment further.”
Bzotto on Twitter has been on a bit of a quest. Can he read the data on a thirty-year old 5.25 inch floppy disk to recover an Apple II program he wrote in elementary school?
“This is a game about greyhound racing (!) which I’ve never seen in person but there was a dog track in Revere MA near where I grew up, it was called Wonderland, and this game was a fancier *sequel* to some earlier thing I had made.) “
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