Looking back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop introduces the iPhone’s integrated concept, new iOS security features, new AirPods delays, the latest TouchID technology, iPad Pro launch details, Apple’s Russian Residence, macOS malware, the HomePod stop, and Apple’s loyalty power.
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).
Folding the iPhone 13 in half
When the iPhone 13 is released later this year, it is expected to continue Apple’s existing design language. But what if all of Apple’s R&D in smartphones came to fruition in a one-time device? The team from Let’s Go Digital and Technizo Concept have gathered all the information to give us an insight into what a modern iFlip would look like:
“The first foldable iPhone may use a flexible display panel from Samsung. It appears to be an OLED screen, although a mini LED is not excluded. To give the results, we have assumed that Apple will maintain the pound, but reduce it, just as expected with the iPhone 12s / iPhone 13 models expected later this year. “
Let’s go digital.
Apple’s new security approach
As Apple continues to release beta versions of iOS 14.5, the released code can be checked for new features that can be turned on in the future. One such feature is the ability to deliver security updates outside of the iOS update. That’s going to make it easier to catch any problems, and follow Google’s lead, which added a similar feature in Android:
“Apple is expected to provide security updates on its own where users will have the option to choose whether to install the full iOS update or just the security updates. According to a new string code found in iOS 14.5 , once you download an update, for example, just the security update does not affect any feature changes, you need to delete it before installing the latest iOS update available. “
Your ears have to wait
Late last month, information about the AirPods 3 came out, but those who plan to get an update soon are going to get a disappointment. Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes that production is expected to start in Q3; probably in time for the release of the iPhone 13, but definitely aiming for the festive holidays of the summer holidays:
“[Apple Analyst] Ming-Chi Kuo said this morning that new AirPods will not go into mass production until the third quarter of 2021, meaning they will not launch soon… Kuo’s report today ‘shows that AirPods 3 isn’t just ready yet.
… So will your finger
More work on bringing TouchID under the iPhone screen can be seen this week, as a new patent for fintergroint sensing technology pops up with Apple’s name on it:
“Apple’s invention covers a sub-display fingerprint system where the display consists of red-green-blue (RGB) active pixels that emit light and illuminate the fingerprint placed. at the top of the display. The light seen from the finger passes through the openings between the display pixels and is captured by the sensor under the display. “
New iPad Pro coming soon
There have been rumors for a long time, but production work on the LED Pro-equipped iPad Pro is expected to begin in early Q2 this year. Apple has traditionally launched a launch event at the end of March for the products in the second series such as the iPad range or the iPhone SE. We’ll see what happens when March ends:
“Apple’s small 12.9-inch iPad Pro LED will go into mass production in the second half of April … The forecast adds more credence to a Bloomberg report just yesterday that said Next month is the earliest time we should expect the new models to appear. “
Apple Russian residence
Following the passage of a new law designed to offer Russia a choice of apps and services, Apple will now pre-install the apps needed in the iPhones they use. selling in the area. This is one of the first times I can remember where Apple was asked to change the universal load of apps. Now that that precedent has been set, competition authorities in other countries will note:
“Under a new Russian law, Apple users will first see a dialog box on setting up new devices which will have web browsers, antivirus, messenger, email messages, and more to install by default. The list of apps is provided with the government.
All apps listed are pre-selected for installation as part of the installation; however, users can deselect apps on their own if they do not want them. ”:
Malware On The Rise
In 2020 macOS ‘s malware volumes increased, according to Atlas VPN’ s own studies. It detected “674,273 new malware samples” last year, compared to 56,556 in 2019. To put that in context, there were over 91 million Windows malware samples in 2020:
“Even though the development of macOS malware has grown to high levels, hackers are still abusing Windows users much more frequently … It is clear that the scale of the new threats is at an intermediate level. compared to macOS. There were more than 135 times as many Windows threats as macOS in 2020. “
Blog Atlas VPN.
No more new HomePods
Apple has discontinued the HomePod lifestyle speaker. While the HomePod Mini still exists, its smaller size means a move away from audio fidelity and towards the smaller smart speaker format:
“The original HomePod was positioned as a high-end speaker that was a neat assistant in second place. With the introduction of the new HomePod mini last year, Apple shifted focus to the lower end of the market competing with Amazon ‘s Echo results and Google’ s Nest. It has placed greater emphasis on smart home integration with HomeKit as well as Siri information. “
And finally …
SellCell’s latest brand loyalty review has risen 1.9 percent in ‘yes, I would buy another phone from this company for Apple, bringing it to 91.9 percent compared to last year. Samsung’s score has dropped from 85.7 percent to 74 percent in the same period. These results come from 2000 Apple owners and 2000 Samsung owners in the US, suggesting an error margin of around two percent:
“With the introduction of radical new privacy features, Apple has certainly increased public awareness about tracking and the importance of protecting a person’s digital privacy. the customer loyalty among Samsung and Google users is a testament to the growing sense of privacy among users. “
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