iPhone 13 Pro Reviews, AirPods Pro 2 Delay, Dangerous MacBook Pro Problems
Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the first reviews of the new iPhones and the iPad Mini, the releases of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, a serious macOS exploit, AirPods Pro 2 Delayed, the siren call of the iPhone SE, and Apple’s new London Underground station.
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).
By Invitation Only, Reviewing Apple’s New iPhones
Following last week’s launch, the first reviews of the new iPhone 13 family have been posted. With review units provided by Apple ahead of the retail release, the common theme is one of iteration. There are no significant leaps in the hardware, but for some that’s going to be enough. The Verge’s Dieter Bohn:
“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 iterative, more like an iPhone 12S than truly new models… Fancy new features are fun, but the fundamentals of battery life and camera are more important.”
With the choice between 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 is coming down on the side of the base iPhone 13 as the main entry point:
“There are still some minor differences between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, but the gap between the two has closed. If you’re one of those people who has been holding on to your iPhone for years—and kudos to you for that—and are now eyeing an upgraded device, the iPhone 13 may be all the phone you need.”
The one advantage for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro max is certainly the one which Apple has spent the most time on, namely the camera and more specifically shooting video and the new cinematic mode. Patrick Holland for CNet:
“Are Cinematic videos perfect? No, but it’s a blast to use and experiment with. Cinematic mode needs a good amount of light to work best. If conditions are too dark, you’ll get a pop-up prompting you to turn your flash on. Also, I noticed that fast-moving nonhuman subjects, such as water being poured out of a spout or a shot of espresso being brewed, were hard for Cinematic mode to keep in focus.”
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 would the iPad Mini Apple sent him compare to the larger and ‘more Pro’ 12.9 inch version? Turns out that it fits in well with ‘light computing’ but as a piece of productivity hardware, it’s not quite ready to replace the larger sibling.
“The iPad Mini turns out to be an excellent lightweight device for light work and casual activities. However, when it comes to heavy-duty work such as answering lots of emails and writing longer pieces, the device is hard to use, even with an external keyboard. You simply need a bigger keyboard and extra screen real estate to be more productive.”
The Operating System March Continues
Although the new iPhones have launched with iOS 15, the upgrade is now available to a vast army of users (along with updates to iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS).It includes a profile based ‘theme’ on the device the can switch apps on show, notifications, and offer features in FaceTime and Messages as required. Apple has, as always, stacked up the change-log, and will be encouraging users – in a way that only Apple can – to update over the next few weeks.
“All of these updates are already available globally on supported devices. Apple usually times its major version number OS releases with new hardware launches, and this was no exception. Two new iPads and four new iPhones begin shipping next week. However, the new Apple Watch still has no firm release date.”
Serious macOS Exploit In Your Email
macOS users are facing a serious exploit in the Mail app on their MacBooks, iMacs, and Macs. Rouge attachments can be used to silently run commands, assuming they are clicked on and opened. While Apple did patch the issues when “file://“ was used, a simple switch of case to “FiLe://” and the exploit is active again.
“Given Apple’s awareness of the existing issue this should be a relatively easy issue to patch the use of shifted characters in any upcoming security update, In the meantime, pay careful attention to any attached files in emails; something that is best practice in any case, no matter the situation.”
AirPods Pro 2 Delayed Until 2022
Those looking for new earbuds wil be watching the upcoming Apple launch carefully. There were no signs of any new AirPods devices in September, even though production is under way. The smart money is on the AirPods 3 showing up alongside the new MacBook Pro laptops. As for the AirPods Pro 2? They’re not going to be on your Christmas stocking:
“While Apple has not yet confirmed this, the technology giant is speculated to host a new launch event next month for launching newly updated products… A few other products, including the AirPods Pro 2 and the new iPad Pro models are expected to go official sometime next year. While the launch timeline is not known, we expect the company to hold an event early next year.”
But Wait, There’s Less Coming, And Less Is More
With the new iPhone 13 handset now in public, it won’t come as a surprise that talk of the iPhone 14 is already here. That said, there’s another important handset before then. Tucked away in the latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo are some broad stroke details on the third-generation iPhone SE, set for a launch early next year.
“Hardware selling points for 2022 iPhones include 1) a new iPhone SE with 5G support (1H22), 2) a new and more affordable 6.7″ iPhone (2H22), and 3) two new high-end models equipped with a punch-hole display (replacing the notch area design) and a 48MP wide camera (2H22).”
With the help of both Apple and the US Embassy, the first new section of the London Underground to be opened since the Jubilee line extension in the 1990s. The business case to push out the line was in part down to Apple’s relocation of its London Campus.
“Apple won’t have exclusive use of the building [Battersea Power Station], with homes, offices, shops and leisure facilities sharing the space – but the company will be the largest tenant, leasing 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 staff if required. “
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