Impressive iPhone 15 Ultra details, unusual MacBook Pro plans, powerful new iPhone 14 Pro issues

Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple 15 Ultra news, more iPhone 14 issues, iPhone 14 Pro review, MacBook Pro update hiding, Apple removing apps VK from the App Store, Microsoft removing Swiftkey, and Tim Cook still teasing AR and VR plans.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place around Apple in the last seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news roundup here on Forbes).

Impressive iPhone 15 leaks

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If you thought Apple driving a spec difference between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro was interesting, then the introduction of an “even higher” third tier on the presumably named iPhone 15 Ultra is going to be something that’s going to be intense. on:

“It will come with 256GB base storage, USB-C (potentially with Thunderbolt 4 speeds), and a display that incorporates dual front-facing cameras… only the iPhone 15 Ultra will have dual front-facing cameras, and while rivals have experimented with front-facing cameras duals in the past (particularly the Pixel 3/3XL), the feature has disappeared in recent years. Which is often a sign for Apple to reinvent something and show how things should have been done from the start.

(majin bear going by Forbes).

No more problems with the iPhone 14

Other issues with the iPhone 14 family’s power management have come to light, with reports of random restarts when users charge their phones in various Apple communities. This is an issue that was there at launch and is still there even in the unreleased iOS 16.1:

“I just got the iPhone 14 Pro and noticed it restarts while charging (MagSafe/cable),” the initial poster wrote. “It doesn’t reboot at all while it’s off the charger. Does anyone else have similar problems? »

“Expanding on this, affected iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro owners added that this happens on all versions of iOS 16, including the new iOS 16.1 beta, and resets happen with both official and third-party Apple Lightning cables and MagSafe chargers. . .”

(Reddit going by Forbes).

iPhone 14 Pro Camera Review

That said, the iPhone 14 Pro is a serious piece of equipment (one that requires far more scrutiny and dissection than most flagships). As always, one of the main features that manufacturers use to show the evolution and progress of a phone is through the camera. Jason Snell delves into this as part of his full review:

“While you can get a 48-megapixel image from the iPhone 14 Pro, you have to do it by enabling RAW capture in the Settings app. These RAW captures are slow (it takes a second or more for the camera to be available to take another photo after taking one) and huge (80-100MB each). But they are also, especially in bright light, spectacularly detailed. Yes, they can be a bit noisy, but with a bit of work in a RAW photo editor (I used Adobe Lightroom Classic), I was able to create stunning images with incredible levels of detail that I had never been able to do on an iPhone. prior to.”

(six colors).

The MacBook upgrade you may never see

October will see the launch of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with the M2 architecture (the supposed M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets), as well as the discussion of the first Mac Pro with Apple Silicon. But will these key products be rewarded with a full launch or just a low-key press release accompanied by a few interviews with select journalists? Mark Gurman speculates:

“None of these new products are major changes for Apple. They’ll get upgraded specs and a chip that was already announced at an official event in June at WWDC 2022. That makes me wonder: Does Apple really have enough here to do this? Does it bother to host another highly polished launch event?

“It doesn’t seem likely. Apple may end up feeling differently, but I think the company is more likely (for now) to release its remaining products for 2022 through press releases, website updates, and briefings with some members of the press, rather than a major iPhone-style presentation.”

(Power on via 9to5Mac).

Russian social media apps removed from Apple Store

Apple has removed several Russian social media apps from the App Store, including the app for the VK social network. With Apple operating in the UK, government-imposed sanctions mean that Apple can no longer do business with app developers, leading to developer accounts being terminated and subsequently banned:

“Russia’s communications regulator on Wednesday demanded an explanation from Apple after apps operated by Russian state-controlled tech company VK were removed from the US company’s App Store… Apple said it complies with laws in the jurisdictions where the company operates. Apple said the apps in question were distributed by developers majority-owned or controlled by one or more parties sanctioned by the UK government.

(Reuters).

Swiftkey not-so-fast release

Microsoft has confirmed that after a year without an update, its third-party keyboard for iOS, Swiftkey, will be removed from the App Store. Support will continue for anyone who has already installed the app, but no updates will be offered and no way to move the app to a new device (or one that needs to be rebooted) may be offered. The suspicion is that Apple doesn’t allow Switkey to access the same functionality as its own built-in keyboard. Mary Jo Foley reports:

“I asked for the official reason why Microsoft made this decision and was told that the officials had nothing more to say. I suspect the decision had as much to do with Apple’s policies regarding the protection of its walled garden as anything else. The Microsoft Phone Link team is well aware that if Apple does not grant access to certain interfaces, there is no easy or good way to operate a product that needs to be integrated.

(ZDNet).

And finally…

Tim Cook once again evangelizes AR and VR, tackling a topic that has been in tech discussion circles for decades, hinting that it’s a unique problem that only Apple can solve and unlock for the rest of the world. The bar continues to rise for the mythical Apple Headphones expected “next year” for many years:

“I am super excited about augmented reality. Because I think we had a great conversation here today, but if we could augment that with something from the virtual world, it probably would have been even better. So I think that if, and this is clearly going to happen in a short time, if you look back at some point, you know, zoom out into the future and look back, you’re going to wonder how you ever lived your life without augmented reality. Today we wonder how people like me grew up without the internet. And I think it could be so deep, and it won’t be overnight…”

(Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II via MacRumors).

Apple Loop brings you seven days of highlights every weekend here at 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 hereWhere This week’s edition of Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes..

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