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Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple’s accidental iPhone 14 leak, new details on iPhone’s revolutionary camera, M2 MacBook release dates, iPad’s accessibility win, Apple’s missing repair options, an iPhone game controller, Macro Photo winners, and a new security-focused browser for macOS.

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).

Apple’s Accidental iPhone 14 Leak

Thanks to a support document accidentally published on Apple’s own website, details on a new dual-port fast charger have been leaked. Proposed specs of the 35W charger suggest 2 USB-C ports in the plug, with a number of different charging modes that have total outputs of 35W. Given the amount of marketing that Android manufacturers place on fast charging, it looks like Apple is ready to join the party with the iPhone 14:

“All of which will squarely focus attention on Apple’s plans for improved iPhone and iPad fast charging. As detailed below, rival products now offer charging at 2-5x higher wattage than iPhones. Yes, iPhone battery life has improved significantly in recent years (the iPhone 12 was a rare step backwards), but having the ability to add 50% charge to an iPhone in 15-20 minutes (it is currently 30 minutes) would be a big selling point to a lot of users.”

(Forbes).

Up Periscope For The iPhone

Looking further ahead to 2023, where Apple is expected to make significant changes to the iPhone platform. One of those changes will be in the camera system, with the introduction of a folding “periscope” zoom lens that should offer greater clarity at higher zoom settings:

“Rumors about the iPhone getting a periscope lens have been circulating since early 2020, with reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the first to mention the possibility. Kuo initially said that a periscope lens would be an iPhone 14 Pro feature, but now says he expects the lens type to arrive with the iPhone 15 Pro, a prediction that analyst Jeff Pu has also made.”

(MacRumors).

When Are The New Macs Arriving?

One of the biggest questions casting a shadow over the Mac platform is when the presumptively-named M2 Apple Silicon chipsets and hardware will arrive. This is a good shadow to have, especially as the current m1 family is delivering a competent experience… but those looking for the next generation technology are keenly awaiting WWDC, which could show nothing, a few words of a roadmap, or a brand new M2 enabled MacBook.

“…there’s a lot of chatter around June’s WWDC as a launch event for two new Macs. While there are various combinations on what these could be, the aforementioned MacBook Air and macMini are in the mix. Now, these could launch with uprated M1 chips to offer more powerful options – having an M1 Pro and an M1 Max macMini in the portfolio offers flexibility – or Apple could run a similar play to October 2020 and bring out the new hardware, the new version of macOS, and the new M2 chipset in one big power play.”

(Forbes).

Another Accessibility Win For The iPad

Released this week, Staybl enhances the accessibility of the iPad for people with Parkinsons. It offers better control through larger buttons and fewer sliding elements, as well as stabilising the screen against the movement generated by the tremors of the user:

“Over time, these tremors — which commonly affect the hands — can make it difficult to perform simple tasks, like putting on clothes or using mobile devices, and can impact a person’s overall quality of life.

“However, using the iPad’s accelerometer, Staybl can detect when the device is shaken because of tremors and then immediately respond by moving its on-screen web browser in the opposite direction. This stabilizes the screen so the user can easily view the web page and hold the device steady.”

(The Verge).

Where Is Apple’s Promised iPhone Repair Option?

The last few weeks have seen iFixit partner up with a number of leading manufacturers (including Samsung, Google, Valve, and Microsoft) to offer parts and guides so users can repair their own devices. Notable in its absence is Apple, an absence made all the more controversial by Apple’s lack of action over its own Set Service Repair program:

“When Apple announced Self Service Repair last November, it claimed that the program would launch in early 2022. But Apple’s gone silent. We’re nearly halfway through the year and haven’t heard any new information on Self Service Repair or its expected launch date.

“This lack of transparency is frustrating, to say the least. Self Service Repair isn’t just a popular idea; it’s also something that benefits the environment and has an immediate impact on customers’ wallets. Should we wait for this program to launch, or should we just assume that Apple is giving up on the idea?”

(ReviewGeek).

Apple’s Game Controller

Apple has patented several game controller details, showing that gaming beyond a simple touchscreen is being considered by Apple, although as patents do not always lead to a product to purchase you shouldn’t read this as gospel that a controller is coming. But it is being taught about:

“With two massive game controller accessory patents being made public on the same day would strongly indicate that this is a major accessory project. Whether Apple will license their patents to third-party developers or introduce it as an Apple branded accessory is unknown at this time. However, due to the complexity of some of the features, it would strongly suggest that Apple would want to have tight control over the features and software options out the gate in the future. Though as always, only time will tell.”

(Patently Apple).

Here’s To Looking (Closely) At You, Kid

Apple has announced the winners of the “Shot on iPhone Macro” photography challenge, highlighting the power of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max macro-lensed camera, along with the software and hardware processing in the smartphone:

“Over the course of several weeks earlier this year, iPhone photographers from around the world shared their best macro photos for the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge, making even the smallest details seem epic in images taken with their iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Today, Apple is announcing the 10 winners who highlight the global and diverse community of iPhone photographers, with finalists from China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and the US. Their stunning images will be featured on apple.com, on Apple’s Instagram (@apple), and on billboards in select cities.”

(Apple).

And Finally…

The DuckDuckGo browser is a popular choice for iOS and Android users who are looking for a privacy-focused browser. The team has launched a beta version for macO this week. It’s worth noting that this desktop browser will use Apple’s WebKit to render the page, rather than the more popular Chromium engine.

“…DuckDuckGo says that its browser will automatically manage cookie consent pop-ups “on many sites,” that it will use encrypted HTTPS connections whenever they’re available, and that the browser will block trackers and allow you to clear stored website data on a site-by-site basis. The browser also includes its own password manager that can import data “from other browsers and browser extensions like 1Password or LastPass.” Private syncing of passwords and bookmarks between browsers is a planned feature but isn’t available in this initial version.”

(Ars Technica).

Apple Loop brings you seven days worth of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future. Last week’s Apple Loop can be read here, or this week’s edition of Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.



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