Amazing iPhone 14 leaks, controversial iPad decision, surprising MacBook Pro performance
Looking back on another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest iPhone 14 leaks, new M2 benchmarks, new macOS Ventura features, a larger MacBook Air, a smaller MacBook Pro, the latest iPad controversy, the future of the Apple Watch, and a milestone anniversary.
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).
Details of the iPhone 14 selfie camera
New details about the upcoming iPhone 14 family have been revealed this week, and it’s all about the front-facing selfie camera. Details on the options come from longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with autofocus and an improved portrait mode on the cards:
“The front camera of four new iPhone 14 models in 2H22 would probably switch to AF (autofocus) and around f/1.9 aperture (compared to FF (fixed focus) and f/2, 2 of iPhone 13).Support AF and an f- can provide better shallow depth of field effect for selfie/portrait mode.What’s more,AF can also improve focus effect to the point for FaceTime/video call/live broadcast.
How much more two is more than one?
The ever-reliable Geekbench has spotted some early benchmarking of Apple’s new M2 chipset, with a potential 20% increase in raw power over the M1. Note that this is just the original M1… the M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra all outperform the M2:
“The M2, which runs at 3.49 GHz compared to 3.2 GHz for the M1, achieved a single-core score of 1919, about 12% faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1’s single-core score of 1707. The M2 scored a multi-core score of 8928, up about 20% from the M1 model’s score of 7419.”
A closer look at macOS Ventura
With the macOS Ventura beta, Apple is moving the codebase further away from older Intel-based Macs in favor of its own Apple Silicon. It’s also worth noting that – much like Continuity last year – no features announced at WWDC will be available in Ventura when it launches. This may be a tagged version, but it is a very interactive process:
“This progression is hardly surprising. Apple even said at the Apple Silicon launch that it was making the transition specifically to be able to take the Mac further. What also shouldn’t be surprising is that macOS Ventura isn’t finished yet Apple has been clear that features like the Freeform collaboration tool won’t be released until the end of the year, and looking through the beta you see other items that are not ready or complete.”
When the air is bigger
It might have to wait until 2023, but Apple is finally fulfilling the desires of many MacBook Air fans. The latest leaks build on previous discussions surrounding the release of the first MacBook Air with a 15-inch display:
“Apple offered Mac laptops with smaller screens, including the original 11-inch MacBook Air and a 12-inch MacBook, but never moved into the larger laptop category. Presumably, the MacBook Pro line is powerful enough to differentiate itself by power, not size. The only catch is that this new and exciting future for the MacBook Air is in the future.”
Apple’s controversial iPad Pro decision
Apple introduced a new way to use multitasking iPad apps in iPadOS16 with Stage Manager; while limiting it to iPad models equipped with the M1 chipset, with Apple’s Craig Federighi quoting the greater amount of RAM, faster available virtual memory, and more PC-centric support on 4K, 5K, and 6K monitors.
That seems rather a lot for what many Apple fans consider a window manager better suited to using iPad on any iPad. And for anyone who’s bought a high-end iPad in the last couple of years, not getting a new feature goes against Apple’s perception of offering long-term support. Ben Lovejoy notes:
“I bet most iPad Pro 2018-2020 owners would rather have a constrained Stage Manager experience than none. We’d accept four apps instead of eight. We’d accept a simpler animation. We’d accept a slightly slower experience .switch (and let’s face it, every performance increase offered by each new generation of app is barely noticeable in anything other than gaming, so the speed difference would indeed be slight).”
Look to the future
Speaking to Apple COO Jeff Williams, Vice President (Health) Dr Sumbul Desai and Vice President (Fitness) Jay Blahnik, Darrell Etherington reports on Apple’s first steps with the Apple Watch, how its potential health surprised Apple and what happens next with the popular wearable:
“Williams said the impact of this felt responsibility is what has resulted in the many health features Apple has introduced in the years since the Watch was introduced, both on the Watch and on its platforms. Ultimately, Williams said, Apple has two “fundamental principles” that underpin its approach to introducing new health-related products and services: that they be “deeply grounded in science” and that “privacy is at the heart of everything Apple does”.
This week marked the tenth anniversary of the first MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Ten years later, many of those laptops are still working. And ten years later, many of the features introduced and removed from the lineup have returned in 2022. Gerard Lynch has an ode to the most expensive laptop ever… at least for their wallet:
“Its screen was a thing of beauty, reaching a resolution of 2880 x 1800 with a pixel density of 220ppi, bursting with brightness and color. Its keyboard remains the best I’ve ever used on a laptop, offering plenty of travel despite its low profile Its selection of ports, including a full-size HDMI and SD card slot, was so useful that Apple reverted to a similar range for its latest and greatest MacBook Pro setups – not to mention the Now returning MagSafe magnetic charging cable, such a wonderfully safe and intuitive idea you have to wonder why Apple ever thought it wise to drop it from the lineup.”
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