Amazing iPhone jump, iPhone’s COVID-19 update, new MacBooks Get Windows 10

Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop introduces new iOS updates for COVID-19 tracking and more, the latest iPhone 13 features released release, macOS goes full screen for iPhone apps, the latest review of AirPods Max. , Facebook calls out Apple privacy guidelines, and Windows 10 goes to your MacBook M1…

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the many conversations that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly dig of Android news here on Forbes).

Apple increases support for COVID-19 communication detection

Apple has taken the unusual step of offering updates to several old iPhones outside of a critical security update. As part of the ongoing fight against coronavirus pandemic, both Apple and Google offered an API to make background contact detection possible. This was applied to devices running iOS 14 and later. This update will increase access to ‘enhanced’ hardware with iOS 12.5. Oliver Haslam reports:

“Previously only available on devices running iOS 14 or later, this new iOS 12.5 release means that people with an iPhone 5s or later can be notified when they come in contact with someone have been shown to carry COVID-19. “

More at iMore. Apple has unveiled the feature on these older handsets, but users will have to wait for their local, regional or national app to update their support:

“IOS 12.5 allows you to opt-in to the COVID-19 Display Notifications system for your iPhone. Access to the system depends on support from your local public health authority. For more information see “

And iOS Update for everyone else

This isn’t the only iOS update this week, as the main line saw a bump up to 14.3. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system has been carrying a number of bugs and issues. Many have been addressed, as Gordon Kelly explains, but issues remain:

“Furthermore, in the first 24 hours since its release the reboot to iOS 14.3 has been mixed. The update has not removed the real messaging issues reported by iPhone users with a split between users on Apple Support Communities and MacRumors message board (where it all started), saying whether or not it has made a difference.This is a break- expectation.

“In addition to this, I still see remote issues of call – related issues, Apple Music bugs (a common theme on iOS 14), a weak keyboard (ditto) and reports of overnight battery drain (issue with iOS 14.2.1). “

More here on Forbes.

Promising long features appear on iPhone 13

Apple’s famous 2021 handset, the iPhone 13, may be a few months away from release, but more details are coming out. The latest one comes from Samsung Display, and it promises to finally feature one of the missing features of the iPhone 12 family. Gjong Lee reports:

“Apple is expected to ship between 160 million to 180 million units of iPhones using OLED panels next year, said sources inside Samsung Display. The figure is a combination of the expected load for iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.

“Two of the four models to be launched next year will use low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) thin film transistors. LPTO technology is required for the screens to reach the 120Hz refresh rate. All four models use on-cell touch. Screens too. “

More at The Elec.

Full screen forward with macOS update

With the new M1-powered Mac devices offering the option to run iOS and iPadOS apps, there are, as expected, a handful of bugs. One of them was the lack of a full screen app, which is useful for a number of streaming, video, and some games apps. With this week’s update to macOS 11.1, that has been taken into account. Joe Rossignol reports:

“Another notable change mentioned in the release release notes is the ability for iPhone and iPad apps with non-renewable windows to go into full-screen mode on Macs with the M1 chip, which is to Especially useful for video apps like HBO Max. MacOS 11.1 also allows iPhone and iPad app windows to be switched between landscape view and photos. ”

More at MacRumors.

AirPods Max Review

As more reviewers listen to Apple’s new headphones, the reviews are coming in. Yes, the price is going to be debated everywhere, but going deeper the headphones are a compromise of the images of Apple and the real world needs of the tablet- hearing. Chris Welch listens to a review of the over-the-ear cans, including a familiar negligence to iPhone users but perhaps less so in high-end audio:

“There is no 3.5mm jack. The AirPods Max only has an electronic connector, so if you want high – end wireless audio or to install them on a plane, you need a $ 35 cable. , adding an aux cord won’t work between two iPhone headphone jacks.) Ouch .I can live without the 3.5mm jack, but without plugging the cable in the box? At this price ?! Rude. ”

Read the full review at The Verge.

Facebook is calling out Apple

On Wednesday, Facebook saw a full – page advertisement in several newspapers, shouting the new advertising policies in iOS 14 that they believe are “adversely affecting many small businesses struggling to stay away. and on the free internet we all trust more than ever. “It’s very much a corporate problem in terms of explaining the balance between privacy and advertising revenue. Alex Hern reports:

“The controversy point is a feature coming to iPhones in the new year that requires developers to apply for permission before they can track what users are doing across apps. Apple is The feature, which was originally slated to launch in October before being delayed to give advertisers time to deal with it, is essential to protecting users’ privacy; comes with a number of similar changes in newer versions of iOS, such as a requirement for app developers to provide a “nutrition label” for their software to explain what they do with user data. “

More at The Guardian.

And finally …

Parallels have announced a version of their popular software that allows Windows M1-based Macs to run on their devices. There is a version, since the software cannot run x86 architecture, so you need Microsoft ‘s’ Windows 10 on ARM’ version through the Windows Insider program. Juli Clover reports:

“Those who have applied for the Technical Preview Program can be the first to test Parallels for M1 Macs. There are a number of limitations that users should be aware of. . “

“It is not possible to install or start an Intel x86 based operating system in a virtual machine; It is not possible to turn off and restart a virtual machine, including return to image” run state “; Unable to use close button when virtual machine is running; Mobile virtual machine instead; and ARM32 applications do not work in virtual machine.”

More at MacRumors.

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