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Apple Episode: iPhone 15 Design Shock, Sneaky iPhone USB Hoax, Huge Apple Privacy Issue

Apple Episode: iPhone 15 Design Shock, Sneaky iPhone USB Hoax, Huge Apple Privacy Issue

Throwing back another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, This week’s Apple Loop includes new iPhone 15 design leaks, Apple’s hacked USB hoax, iPhone affected by Foxconn protests, iPad Pro vs. iPad Air, Apple’s latest privacy woes, Competition authorities Check out Apple Will Tim Cook buy Manchester United?

The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions about Apple over the past seven days (and you can read our weekly roundup of Android news here on Forbes).

iPhone 15 Leaks reveal echoes of C

Did you like the design of the iPhone 5C? If so, the iPhone 15 will bring back memories of a simpler time in Apple’s smartphone portfolio. New information about the potential design indicates that the square shape will have some familiar rounded corners:

“The iPhone 5C was one of the most comfortable iPhones in the hand, but the design was not liked because the body was made of plastic. However, this mistake will not be repeated, as ShrimpApplePro stated that the body of the iPhone 15 models will be made of titanium.”

(Forbes).

Apple’s sneaky USB trick for the new iPhone

Following the ruling by the European Parliament mandating the use of USB-C charging on smaller electronic devices, Apple is set to drop the lightning port from the iPhone 15 family. Whether this will only be for EU models or if it will be a global change remains to be seen. However, the latest leaks about upcoming phones indicate that Apple is making a subtle decision to create a greater distance between regular phones and professional phones:

“[[Analyst Ming-Chi] Kuo states that the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will still be limited to USB 2.0 speeds (like lighting), but the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max (rebranded “Ultra”) will support “at least” USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3.” “

(Forbes).

Apple is facing the impact of Foxconn’s protests

Ongoing protests at Foxconn factories in China following the Chinese government’s severe restrictions on CoVID-19:

“The rare scenes of open dissent in China mark an escalation of unrest at the mega-factory in Zhengzhou that has come to symbolize a dangerous buildup of frustration with the country’s ultra-strict COVID rules as well as the incompetent handling of the situation by the world’s largest contracting plant.”

The resulting actions will have a material impact on its output, which is largely focused on the iPhone. In practice, this would see a few more iPhones in the retail chain during the critical period leading up to the holidays:

iPhone production at the factory could drop by as much as 30% in November, and Foxconn aims to resume full production there by the second half of the month. Apple has warned that it expects shipments of premium iPhone 14 models to be lower than previously expected. … Foxconn accounts for 70% of iPhone shipments globally. It makes most of the phones in the Zhengzhou factory, although it has other, smaller production sites in India and southern China.”

(Reuters).

Comparison between iPad Pro and iPad Air

If you are looking for the best performing iPad, the choice is clear – choose the iPad Pro powered by Apple Silicon M2 chip. But if you are looking for a more practical tablet, is there a better option than the iPad Air. The team at 9to5Mac has one-on-one to help:

If you know you often push your tablet to the limits, the iPad Pro delivers the best-performing package with up to 16GB RAM and 2TB storage, a 120Hz ProMotion display, Thunderbolt support, and the ability to capture ProRes 4K video, all supported. With the new M2 chip… When you consider all the similarities, the iPad Air is likely to be the better choice for most people. It’s about $200 less than the iPad Pro while most premium iPads include pro features.”

(9to5Mac).

Apple’s latest privacy issues

It was Apple’s ability to track users navigating through the App Store Posted this week by Musk Inc. Of course, Apple has to track App Store purchases, but recent privacy concerns run deeper into how the App Store works, as well as how Apple tracks to identify you that can’t be turned off. When you do major marketing around privacy, issues like these blur the awkward line between legal agreements and public messaging:

Of course, users might assume that turning off device analytics while they set up their phones will stop this kind of data collection. And who can blame them; Apple promotes privacy cuts all the time, and turning that option off is supposed to deny Apple “data about how you use it.” to your devices and apps.” But what it doesn’t say is that the apps themselves can do all kinds of tracking outside of that system; hence almost all Apple apps have their own privacy agreements (which you tacitly agree to by using them).

(the edge).

Apple and Google are under investigation in the UK

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an investigation into the practices of Google and Apple around mobile software in general and web browser engines in particular:

“Ultimately, these restrictions limit choice and may make it difficult to get innovative new apps into the hands of UK consumers. At the same time, Apple and Google have argued that the restrictions are necessary to protect users. These concerns will be taken into account by the CMA’s market investigation. And think about whether new rules are needed to achieve better results.”

(Forbes).

Finally…

With legendary football club Manchester United up for sale, it appears that Apple is considering making a bid to buy the company. It’s not as weird as it sounds – watch Apple’s recent moves into sports broadcasting on Apple TV… see the $2.5 billion spent acquiring the rights to broadcast League Soccer. Would you like to buy a football club with its own TV channel, rich history and dedicated fan base? why not. Why not:

“Tech giants Apple are interested in buying Manchester United for a staggering £5.8 billion. The Glazer owners have decided to sell the club after caving in to the demands of those fans who wanted to oust them. The American billionaires will sell the club to the highest bidder – and Apple bosses have expressed interest in discussing a possible deal.”

(Daily Star).

The Apple Loop brings you seven days of special events every weekend here at Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any future coverage. Last week’s Apple Loop can be read here, or this week’s edition of the Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.



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