Looking back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino: This week’s Apple Loop includes new iPhone 12 features, the return of the old iPhone design, and the farewell to MacBook Air, a new display for the iPad Pro, with updated technology for the AirPods, changing the default settings on the HomePod and new privacy lights for iOS 14.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions surrounding Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly overview of Android messages here on Forbes).
The iPhone 12’s Super Slo-Mo video has been revealed
The upcoming Apple smartphone, like many other designs, leans on the camera to ensure both differentiation for consumers and technical superiority over the competition. The latest beta of iOS 1
“[Pineleaks writes] “Both 4k 120 and 240 FPS are most likely used for slow motion videos. Don’t expect 4k 240 to be available for normal video. 4k 120 remains possible. “These video modes would represent a seismic leap for video recording from smartphones and a massive difference to the competition. We should do this with the renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also promises new” high-end “camera lenses in this area Expect significant changes in both the look and layout of the main cameras on all new iPhones. “
Read more here on Forbes.
The old design of the new iPhone feels perfect
One of the design issues of the iPhone 12 family that has been the subject of much debate is the return to the straightforward, box-like structure that was first seen in the iPhone 4. This design language, which started in 2010, was discontinued with the iPhone 6. Boilerplate versions of the external design – to test fit and function – have been leaked, and as Gordon Kelly reports, this design still works.
“The new sizes are also a factor. After some time with the models, [YouTuber] iupdate notes that the model he was least interested in, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12, was his favorite because it was so compact and one-handed (note: it’s even smaller than the new one iPhone SE). I suspect this will surprise many buyers, and I’ve already pointed out that it will be the best-selling iPhone 12 model, especially given its price. Conversely, the enlarged 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max is a monster when the two models are positioned side by side. “
More here on Forbes.
Goodbye MacBook Air?
With the switch to ARM, Apple has the opportunity to redefine what it means to be a Mac. This “clean sheet of paper” thinking includes what Mac hardware you need to have. Given the performance and thermal benefits of ARM (to name just two), Apple is currently discussing merging Mac laptops under a single brand name. J. Glenn Künzler explains the ARM arguments against the MacBook Air:
“With incredibly powerful chips that require less cooling, it now makes a lot less sense for Apple to sell two different 13-inch notebooks. Instead, we heard, and that in turn makes a lot of sense. Apple will only be one series in the future Offer notebooks that are simply called “The New MacBook” or just “MacBook”.
“If you can make a MacBook Pro practically as thin and light as a MacBook Air, why shouldn’t you? Apple’s more efficient chips make it far more possible and likely than ever.”
Read more at SonnyDickson.com.
iPad Pro will launch new display
Apple’s update to the iPad Pro, which is expected next year, could be the first use of MiniLED technology in the display. This has been a long time coming, and the delay in the expected launch in 2020 in 2021 is due to supply chain problems and a lack of personal development time caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Chance Miller reports:
“… Apple’s transition to mini-LED technology will begin in the first quarter of 2021 with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At the same time, Apple is expected to begin sourcing mini LED technology for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and procuring a new 14-inch MacBook Pro.
“Mini LED screens offer a wide range of colors, high contrast ratios, a high dynamic range and localized dimming. It is also believed that mini LED leads to thinner panels that are more energy efficient and do not burn in like OLED. “
More at 9to5Mac.
New technology for Apple’s AirPods
Apple is expected to bring the AirPods Pro system in package design to entry-level AirPods later this year. This combines multiple integrated circuits in a single plastic housing, allowing more hardware to be placed in a smaller space – something that wireless earphone designers particularly appreciate. Mikey Campbell reports:
“Cupertino’s technology giant will be introducing chip packaging technology to its entry-level AirPods product for the first time in 2021,” Kuo said in a research report Monday. What exactly this means for end users remains unclear, although this could be an announcement trickle-down effect for advanced features that owners of the variant designated by Pro can use. “
More at Apple Insider.
HomePod allows standard changes
With a new beta of HomePod software, users can set the default media services for music, podcasts, and audiobooks. Not everyone has access, this looks like a little test, but it’s a feature many Apple users have been asking for a long time, not just the HomePod. July Clover reports:
“Currently, third-party music services like Spotify can only be streamed to HomePod with AirPlay and an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. With the new feature, Spotify and other music services can probably be set as the default music service. Users can ask Siri to stream music from Spotify.
“Third-party app developers may need to implement support for the HomePod because Spotify is not currently listed as an option.”
More at MacRumors.
And finally …
Part of the new notification bar in iOS 14 shows some mysterious orange and green dots. These are privacy indicators that show when apps are accessing your phone’s camera and microphone. Benjamin Mayo reports:
“It turns out that these points are indeed information indicators that calm and protect your privacy. For MacBooks and iMacs, Apple has a physical green LED next to the webcam.
“When the camera is accessed, the LED lights up to let you know that an application on your system is monitoring the camera feed. IPhones and iPad do not have physical LEDs, so Apple used software to simulate the experience. “
More at 9to5Mac.
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