Looking back at another week's news and headlines in Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop includes iPhone 15 Pro's broken USB-C port, iPhone SE's return, AirPods swap, MacBook's Chrome battery issue, Apple's battery price hike : replacements and how Apple exited the mobile device market in 1998.
The Apple Loop is here to remind you of the many discussions surrounding Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly roundup of Android news here on Forbes).
Disappointing news about iPhone 15 USB-C
While the iPhone 15 family will move to USB-C ports (according to recent leaks), Apple has apparently decided to ignore the "universal" part of the acronym. The iPhone's physical docking port will require cables and peripherals to be "authenticated" by Apple's licensing program to access the full range of features only at the lowest charging and data speeds allowed by Apple.
"This will be a huge coup as USB-C opens the door for the iPhone to allow for much faster charging and data transfer speeds, with leaks claiming that the iPhone 15 Pro models will be over 40 times faster : But now apparently only with MFi approved accessories. Not the greenest option for someone who already has a drawer full of USB-C cables.”
Apple is making another piece of the puzzle
Qualcomm, Apple's current supplier of 5G iPhone modems, does not plan to supply Apple with new modems after 2024 and expects Apple's model to be used for iPhones starting in 2024. This will make the iPhone 15 the last iPhone from Qualcomm… goes to plan.
“Apple has long been working on developing its own 5G modem chips to replace those it buys from Qualcomm. While there was a lot of speculation as to when this would happen, it was previously confirmed that Qualcomm would continue to work on at least the next-gen iPhone 15.
"Now, Qualcomm CEO and President Cristiano Amon has publicly stated when Apple will replace his company's products… "[We] expect Apple to create its own modem by 2024," he said, " but if they need us, they know where to go. Find us.
The iPhone SE is back
Reportedly canceled (presumably due to poor sales of the iPhone Mini), the iPhone SE looks set to return to the lineup in 2024;
“[Analyst Ming-Chi] Kuo said the new iPhone SE will be similar to the standard iPhone 14, with a 6.1-inch OLED display with thinner bezels. The current iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch LCD display with thicker bezels. .
"The new iPhone SE will feature Apple's custom-designed 5G modem with connectivity limited to the 5G band below 6 GHz," the analyst said. The current iPhone SE already supports 5G, but uses a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon X57 chip.
Setting up your AirPods
Everyone's ears are different, so making true wireless headphones meant finding ways to fit this unique body part more versatilely. Apple's latest patent suggests a new software trick that could help AirPods sound better in the future… by changing the volume of each individual ear.
“Apple states that EQ filters can be used to boost or cut the levels of various frequencies in an audio signal. The audio signal can be used to drive the speakers of the head-worn device. Headphone devices include AirPods Max, AirPods, head-mounted display devices (HMD), smart glasses (eg worn on temples or temple tips).
Google fixes MacBook battery issues
“Google's tests have shown that users can watch 18 hours of YouTube videos or 17 hours of web browsing on the new MacBook Pro powered by the M2 running the latest version of macOS Ventura. version will work on older MacBooks with Intel chips.”
iPhone battery replacement cost rising
Sticking with the battery, as previously announced, Apple has raised the price of non-warranty iPhone battery replacements starting March 1st. Apple's price hike this week in 2018 is down to $29 due to the battery cap, and that's to be expected and disappointing… especially in a week where Nokia's new phones are announcing replacement batteries at WMC.
“With these changes, you'll now pay $89 for iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 battery replacements. That's up from $69 previously. Prices reduced for iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and earlier. . From 49 to 69 dollars. iPhone 14 is not included in today's price increase for battery maintenance. Meanwhile, iPhone 14 battery replacement costs more at $99 from day one.
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25 years ago this week, Apple exited the mobile device market by killing off the Apple Newton platform. Released in the same PDA-focused market as the Palm Pilot and Psion Series 3. At the time, the future seemed imminent, and change was openly opposed by the community and staff.
“In hindsight, it's easy to make fun of Newton, but his user base was platform-dependent and didn't take the news well. A small crowd of them came out to the Apple Infinite Loop campus to voice their opinion. CNET Time.
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