Sneaky iPhone disappoints Mac Mini News, Google’s latest fight with Apple

Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple’s powerful iPhone 14 Pro decision, surge in iPhone 14 orders, second Mac Mini is delayed, big iOS changes, USB-C for AirPods Pro, Apple slows acquisitions, and Google challenges target iMessage.

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).

Will Apple perform tricks on the iPhone 14 chip?

In March, reports surfaced that Apple would restrict the new A16 chip to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models, leaving the smaller and cheaper iPhone 14 and 14 Max models to last year’s A15. It would create a bit of a marketing dilemma without an annual update from Apple Silicon.

Industry insider LeaksApplePro suggested a potential solution; we could see a sleight of hand on branding, with the appearance of a modified A15 badged as A16 for the less-specified iPhones and an A16 Pro for the more expensive models. Gordon Kelly of Forbes reports:

” Talk to me [LeaksApplePro said] Apple is determined to use the A15 chipset from the year-old iPhone 13 in its standard iPhone 14 models… “The iPhone 14 has the A15 even though Apple will call it A16,” says LeaksApplePro. “The 14 Pro has the real A16 [tipped to be called the ‘A16 Pro’]; there are many differences.

(Forbes).

More iPhones are heading your way

Nonetheless, Apple is hoping for a recovery in iPhone sales, with production orders rising ahead of the September launch:

“A Taiwanese report says that Apple had asked its suppliers to increase initial production of iPhone 14 from 90 million units to 95 million, an increase of more than 5%. In response, the main assembler of ‘iPhone Foxconn has reportedly significantly increased its hiring bonus for iPhone workers.

(United Daily News Going through 9to5Mac).

Mac mini the second

The M1 Mac Mini was launched alongside the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Many wondered if the Mac Mini would follow the MacBook Pro with its own M1 Pro version – a scenario that has yet to happen. Indications are that this model was planned but was cancelled. Instead, the Mac Mini will jump straight to the Apple Silicon M2 later this year, with a basic M2 and more powerful M2 Pro in the works:

“Apple’s new M2 chip will power the updated Mac Mini, while the Pro version will include a previously unreleased M2 Pro chip with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. This M2 Pro will, we assume, have dramatically improved graphics over the M2 with additional GPU cores.”

(Digital trends).

How much battery does your new iPhone have?

Another round of developer betas for iOS (and macOS) sees more code tweaks and stability changes. Additionally, some UI changes will benefit consumers. It might have taken several betas to get here, but it will be there for the public launch of the iPhone 14:

“For the first time since the launch of Face ID iPhones, notched iPhone users can now see the battery percentage in the status bar – thanks to iOS 16 beta 5. However, the feature apparently does not work on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini.

(XDA Developers).

Who’s Listening About USB-C Charging

The tide of USB-C charging is turning, with European legislation and talks in the US putting Apple’s Lightning port on hold. One product that may soon join the wearing movement are the AirPods Pro. Although not happening with the AirPods Pro 2 when they launched, a charging case equipped with a USB-C port may be available in the future:

“A lot of people are clamoring for Apple to switch to USB-C, but that apparently won’t happen with the AirPods Pro 2. According to a recent tweet from TF International Securities analyst and top Apple tipster Ming- Chi Kuo, AirPods Pro 2 might not come with USB-C charging cases.However, even though AirPods Pro 2 might stick with Lightning, Kuo claims that Apple plans to release USB-C charging cases. C for all AirPods models next year.

(Screen Rant).

Apple is slowing down its acquisitions

With the economy slowing, Apple has also slowed the pace at which it acquires companies and brings them into the mothership. Maybe it has all the features it needs for the future, maybe the rapid expansion with Apple Silicon is slowing down, or maybe there’s nothing interesting that matches the Apple’s future plans?

“Apple Inc., which used to acquire a company every three or four weeks, has slowed its transactions significantly over the past two years, a sign that the tech giant is more demanding in the face of a shaky economy and government scrutiny The company spent just $33 million on acquisition-related payments in its last fiscal year and $169 million in the first nine months of the current year, the documents show. This is down from $1.5 billion in fiscal 2020.”

(Bloomberg).

And finally…

Google has subtly pushed its agenda to bring the RCS messaging standard to all smartphones and platforms. One of the biggest holdouts in this striving for universality is Apple, whose proprietary iMessage methods remain at the forefront on the iPhone. Jon Porter examines why Apple might be reluctant to embrace RCS:

“So, will Google’s new ad campaign finally be what gets Apple to see the light and roll out RCS support to its phones? Given the huge incentives Apple has for not playing ball, I Have to say, the search giant’s chances of not Apple adopting RCS at this point seems about as likely as the US collectively ditch iMessage and switch to an encrypted cross-platform messaging service like WhatsApp or Signal.

(The edge).

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