Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes Apple’s quarterly results, new iPhone design leaks, a more expensive iPhone, the popular iPhone 13 Pro, jaw-dropping Mac Studio performance, iPad Air 5 review, problem with Apple iPhone repair, and an M1 Mac Mini laptop.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many, many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news roundup here on Forbes).
Apple posts results up 9% year-on-year
Apple’s results for the second fiscal quarter of 2022 show increased revenue across the iPhone, Mac and Wearables divisions, although iPad numbers have fallen – CEO Tim Cook cited supply constraints affecting the latter :
“We are very pleased with our record business results for the March quarter, as we set an all-time service revenue record and March quarter revenue records for iPhone, Mac and Wearables, Home and Accessories. Continued strong customer demand for our products has allowed us to reach an all-time high for our installed base of active devices,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our strong operational performance generated more than $28 billion in operating cash flow and allowed us to return nearly $27 billion to our shareholders during the quarter.”
All corners are the same
Apple has updated the design of the upcoming iPhone 14 family, according to leaked CAD files reported by Ian Zelbo. It’s a subtle change, but one that fixes an annoying visual distraction on the iPhone 13. The handset corner radius, camera island, and display will finally match:
“[There] is a quirk with the design of the iPhone 13 Pro,” says Zelbo. “The radius of the corners of the phone does not match the radius of the camera bump (obviously a strange decision for a company like Apple, which is known for its cohesion). .. Apple has rounded the corners of the iPhone 14 Pro considerably, finally addressing the odd look of the iPhone 13 Pro.
(AppleTrack via Gordon Kelly).
Your iPhone will become more expensive for less iPhone
The suggestion that Apple will cut the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max by $200 may be welcomed by some, but the ripple effect on the wallet could see less-specified iPhone 14 models being more expensive than the equivalent iPhone 13 models. And that’s on top of a spec sheet that should weaken the appeal of entry-level iPhones:
“Several leaks have claimed that rising component costs and Apple’s determination to differentiate between Pro and non-Pro iPhones will see the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max increase to $1099 and $1199 respectively. This $200 gap now potentially pushes the iPhone 14 Max as much as $999 – $300 more than an iPhone 13 Mini.
The popular pro
Meanwhile, Apple has enough confidence in the iPhone 13 Pro that the backlog has been opened and more units have been ordered. Demand has been higher than expected across the board (not just with the iPhone, but with the entire smartphone market – as the mainstream market finds a new ‘normal’:
“In the first quarter of this year, Apple only ordered one million of the smaller iPhone 13 Pro while the Max was produced at 3.5 million units. As of the second quarter of 2022, however, the Pro standard sees a huge increase to 8 million orders, while the Pro Max sees an increase to 6.5 million.This is an increase of 10 million from last quarter.This is good news for Apple as the price of average sale of the iPhone 13 family will increase and investors will be pleased with the additional revenue.”
(The Elec via GSM Arena).
Mac Studio goes off the charts
While we’re still waiting for the Mac Pro, the recently launched Mac Studio offers a glimpse of the power Apple can harness with the Apple Silicon-powered M1, specifically the M1 Ultra. Craig A. Hunter tested the hardware against his own computational fluid dynamics benchmark, and the results are stunning:
“Now we see that the Mac Studio achieved just over 180 GFlops performance on 16 cores (using only performance cores), more than double the performance achieved by the 2019 Mac Pro with 28 cores. the slope of the performance curve is While the 2019 Mac Pro struggled to add additional performance beyond about 14 cores, the Mac Studio showed very little drop off, indicating that all 16 cores had ‘large bandwidth for memory access and parallel communication without competing too much.’
The primary focus of my reviews has always been CPU performance in real-world engineering benchmarks, and that’s where things take a dramatic turn with the Mac Studio. To really convey my experience, I want to set the stage with previous results from the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) benchmark I’ve been running for 10 years. These results cover four generations of professional desktop Mac systems running Intel processors:
iPad Air review for movies
Launched alongside the third-generation iPhone SE in March, the iPad Air 5 caught the eye of geekerati with the inclusion of the same m1 chip as the MacBook Air. With so many people using tablets like the iPad as media consumption devices, the team at What Hi-Fi set out to review screens and speakers. Basically, it’s “same again” compared to the iPad Air 4, but that’s not a bad thing:
“Of course, our main concerns are picture and sound quality and the specs suggest nothing has changed here. Apple’s own spec sheet says the new iPad Air has the same two-top sound system speakers as its predecessor, as well as the same screen, with no change in size (10.9in), resolution (2360 x 1640), pixel density (264ppi) or peak brightness (500 nits quoted). It’s always a shame when specs remain static from device generation to device generation, but the iPad Air 4 was a superb video playback device, so it’s no surprise that Apple didn’t seek to make big changes here.
Apple’s self-repair program has a catch
Following moves by Android makers, Apple has finally followed up on last year’s press release with details on its self-service repair program for owners of iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone SE (third generation) :
“The new online store features over 200 individual parts and tools, enabling customers experienced in the intricacies of electronics repair to perform repairs on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 and iPhone SE (3rd Gen) lines. such as the screen, battery, and camera. Later this year, the program will also include manuals, parts, and tools for performing repairs on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
As with any program like this, the fine print matters. In the case of Apple’s repair program, the controversial trap is matching parts. Once installed, you must use Apple’s own software to digitally lock the coin on your iPhone, a process that gives Apple control over how the coins are used and for how long:
“Requiring parts to match basically puts an expiration date on iPhones. When a refurbisher gets a working phone without parts support, there will be no way for them to fully restore a product in need of screen replacement, even if they have an original Apple screen from another phone. That’s why it was important to us that the parts we sell for Google, HTC Vive, Motorola, Samsung and Valve didn’t need a serial number to purchase or use software to pair the part to the device.”
(I fix it).
Apple may have promised the earth when the M1 Macs arrived, but Scott Yu-Jan wanted more. So, with a little tinkering, he created his own portable FrankenMac. Discover the 100% portable Mac Mini:
“For him, the ideal laptop is just a desktop without wires. It should be portable, but it doesn’t have to be stylish. Hacked together to ironically (or not) prove his point Looks like Scott’s MacBook MiniBook (or MacBook Mini if you’re pedantic) is the perfect solution for people who want a truly powerful no-compromise laptop. Sure, it’s not sleek, but it doesn’t pull the punches. With an M1 chip inside that lifts way above its weight, Scott’s creation comfortably bridges the gap between the laptop and desktop experience. parts of the video above were even edited on Scott’s MacGyvered MacBook Mini.
(Youtube Via Yanko Design).
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