Apple Loop: iPhone 8 Leak Confirms Details, iOS 10.3.2 Secrets, New MacBook Pro Hardware – Forbes
Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes more leaked details on the new iPhone, Apple’s plans to keep Mac revenue high, leaked details on the new MacBooks, thoughts on iOS 10.3.2, new iPhone market share details, a look inside Cupertino’s new headquarters, Apple’s patented pizza box, and why the MP3 format is very much alive.
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).
And This Gap Is For Magical Power
Thanks to Engadget’s close examination of the leaked CAD files for this year’s flagship iPhone, it’s almost certain that the presumptively named iPhone 8 will come with the circuitry for wireless charging (which is a bit more practical than having a wireless charging adaptor on your keyring). Richard Lai reports:
The most obvious takeaway here is the dual camera’s new orientation, and that both the microphone plus the flash will be part of the camera bump.
…While the contour may look familiar, the back of the device will actually be covered in glass this time, which allows for the integration of wireless charging. This is hinted by what appears to be a carved out area for a wireless charging coil on the underside of the chassis.
But the inclusion of wireless charging does offer a knock-on benefit, as Zach Epstein notes:
Since wireless chargers work simply by placing the device on a charging pad (or by clipping it in a wireless charging cradle while driving in your car), the Lightning port will be free and clear for users to connect Lightning headphones, or to connect the included Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter to connect standard headphones or an aux cable.
It’s not quite the return of the 3.5mm jack, but it may be enough to satisfy those holding out. More on that at BGR.
How To Keep The Mac Revenue Flowing
Take one depreciated MacBook model, add some successful quarterly numbers for Mac revenue and growth, and you can see a route to success from Apple’s macOS hardware. The trick to keeping those numbers high is to generate a regular turnover of Mac sales. Just as the iPhone market has settled into a two-year cycle. Is that the plan for the desk-bound computers?
Apple launched a new MacBook Pro last year, and while you could argue that it was little more than the equivalent of an ’S’ iPhone release (with a new gimmick in the form of the Touch Bar and some increased specification) it was the first decent refresh since 2012 and Apple is confidently calling it the fourth generation of the MacBook Pro.
That suggests a cycle of around four years for the Mac family, and that means you can probably predict when changes are coming.
On Cue, Here Come The New MacBooks
That’s the theory at least, but with new MacBooks rumored for next month’s WWDC, Apple could be switching to Kaby Lake faster than the geekerati may like. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has the lead on a new MacBook Pro, MacBook, and the revitalisation of the MacBook Air:
Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple’s cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.
What To Do With iOS 10.3.2.
With another release of iOS, users are faced once more with the question of applying the update now, waiting to see if it is stable, or ignoring another point release. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly looks at iOS 10.3.2 and a familiar question.
Typically Apple delivers new features in its ‘major point’ releases (e.g. iOS 10.3) and focuses on bug and security fixes with its minor point releases (e.g. iOS 10.3.1) and this pattern remains intact with iOS 10.3.2..
Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 security page lists 23 categories of exploit and breaks down each, but what stands out are how many WebKit-related flaws (over 20) have been discovered. Two of the most serious, however, were found in iBooks. Onthewire reports “One of the vulnerabilities could allow a malicious book file to open any website without permission, while the other could let an application execute arbitrary code with root privileges.”