Returning to another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes the first reviews of the new iPhones and iPad Mini, versions of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS, a serious macOS feat, AirPods Pro 2 Delayed, the iPhone SE’s Siren Call and Apple’s New London Tube Station.
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).
By invitation only, review of new Apple iPhones
After the launch last week, the first reviews of the new iPhone 13 family have been released. With the review units provided by Apple prior to commercial release, the common theme is iteration. There are no significant jumps in the material, but for some it will be enough. Dieter Bohn from The Verge:
“Cameras get better every year and every company promises good battery life, after all. And compared to the massive changes we saw on the iPhone last year, the 13 looks more like an iPhone 12S. than real new models … features are fun, but battery life and camera fundamentals are more important. “
With the choice between the iPhone 13 (and the smaller 13 Mini) on one side, and the iPhone 13 Pro (and Pro Max) on the other, Wired’s Lauren Goode descends on the iPhone 13 side of base as the main entry point:
“There are still a few minor differences between the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro, but the gap between the two has closed. If you’re one of those people who’ve been holding onto your iPhone for years, and kudos to you for that – and now considering an upgraded device, the iPhone 13 may be all the phone you need. “
The only advantage of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro max is certainly the one that Apple has spent the most time on, namely the camera and more specifically the video shooting and the new cinematic mode. Patrick Holland for CNet:
“Are cinematic videos perfect? No, but it’s great to use and experience. Kinematic mode needs a fair amount of light to work at its best. If the conditions are too dark, a pop-up will prompt you to turn on your flash. Additionally, I noticed that fast-moving non-human subjects, such as water poured from a spout or an espresso being brewed, were difficult to focus in cinematic mode. “
iPad Mini reviewed
Turning to Om Malik for the iPad Mini review, he notes that he has moved his workflow to the iPad Pro. How does the iPad Mini that Apple sent it compare to the larger, “more Pro” 12.9-inch version? It turns out that it integrates well with “thin computing,” but as a productivity hardware it’s not quite ready to replace the big brother.
“The iPad Mini is proving to be a great lightweight device for light work and casual activities. However, when it comes to heavy work such as replying to many emails and writing longer pieces, the device is difficult to use even with an external keyboard. You just need a bigger keyboard and an additional screen to be more productive.
Operation of the operating system continues
While the new iPhones launched with iOS 15, the upgrade is now available to a vast army of users (along with updates to iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS). view, notifications, and offer features in FaceTime and Messages as needed. Apple has, as always, piled up the changelog and will be encouraging users – in a way only Apple can – to update over the next few weeks.
“All of these updates are already available globally on supported devices. Apple typically syncs major versions of the operating system with new hardware launches, and this is no exception. Two new iPads and four new iPhones will start shipping next week. However, the new Apple Watch still does not have a definitive release date. “
Serious exploit of macOS in your email
MacOS users are facing a serious exploit in the Mail app on their MacBook, iMac, and Mac. Red attachments can be used to run commands silently, assuming they are clicked and opened. While Apple fixed the issues when “file: //” was used, just changing the case to “FiLe: //” and the exploit is active again.
“Since Apple is aware of the existing problem, it should be a relatively easy problem to correct the use of shifted characters in any upcoming security updates. In the meantime, pay close attention to the files attached in e- mails;, whatever the situation. “
AirPods Pro 2 delayed until 2022
Those looking for new headphones will be watching Apple’s upcoming launch closely. There was no sign of any new AirPods in September, although production is underway. Smart money is found on the AirPods 3 alongside the newer MacBook Pro laptops. As for the AirPods Pro 2? They won’t be on your Christmas stocking:
“Although Apple hasn’t confirmed it yet, the tech giant is set to host a new launch event next month for the launch of newly updated products… A few other products including AirPods Pro 2 and newer ones iPad Pro models are expected to go official sometime next year. While the launch schedule is not known, we expect the company to host an event early next year. “
But wait, there’s less to come, and less is more
With the new iPhone 13 handset now in public, it won’t be surprising that there is already talk of the iPhone 14. That said, there is another important handset before that. In Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest report, you’ll find some general details about the third-generation iPhone SE, which is slated to launch early next year.
“Hardware selling points for the 2022 iPhones include 1) a new iPhone SE with 5G support (1H22), 2) a new, more affordable 6.7 ″ iPhone (2H22) and 3) two new high-end models equipped with a screen punch hole (replacing the notch area design) and a 48MP wide camera (2H22). “
With the help of Apple and the United States Embassy, the first new section of the London Underground was opened since the extension of the Jubilee line in the 1990s. The business case for pushing back the line was in part due to Apple’s move from its London campus.
“Apple will not have the exclusive use of the building [Battersea Power Station], with homes, offices, stores, and recreation facilities sharing the space – but the company will be the largest tenant, renting out half a million square feet. This makes it one of the largest single office deals signed in central London in the past 20 years. The total floor space will provide Apple with breathing space, with room to expand to a total of 3,000 employees if needed. “
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