Stunning images of iPhone 14 Pro, Safari defeated, Apple’s European controversy

Taking a look at yet another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop includes iPhone 14 screen leaks, turning the iPad into a MacBook, Safari defeated, new Apple Watch details, European Apple Pay controversy, testing the iPhone repair kit, and the Apple team challenge return-to-work policies.

The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news roundup here at Forbes).

iPhone 14 Pro displays leak

The larger iPhone 14 models – specifically the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max – are expected to miss the awkwardly iconic notch, but instead of having something small and stylish that defies smartphone norms, Apple is expected to use a asymmetric rhombus approach. This week’s leak of display elements highlights the change:

“The other two iPhone 14 models are the iPhone 14 Max and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and they follow the same pattern: although they are the same size, the standard, the Max, takes the notch while the Pro, the Pro Max, gets the notch. the pill-shaped cutout. This fits with previous reports that the camera hardware would differ between the Standard and Pro models.”


This Keyboard Can Turn Your iPad into a MacBook

What happens when you attach an iPad to a keyboard? In the future, it may switch to a macOS-like interface – or even macOS itself – to allow for hybrid work, according to a newly published Apple patent. As always, a patent doesn’t mean a technology will come to the public, but with macOS and iPadOS getting closer and closer, that seems very plausible:

“While Apple’s patent suggests it’s a possibility, philosophically speaking, Apple has always refused to consider a hybrid operating system. Only time will tell if Apple’s position will change.

“On the hardware front, Apple notes that, in one embodiment, the new iPad accessory device includes a base part and a docking mechanism. The base part may include a keyboard with a set of electromechanical keys. dock can be positioned along one side of the keyboard and can be configured to rotatably dock the base portion to the tablet computing device having a touchscreen.”

(Apple patent).

Safari loses to the edge

Google Chrome is still the biggest web browser, but there’s a new name in second place. Microsoft’s Edge browser has overtaken Apple’s Safari browser on the desktop. The next step for Microsoft will be to get Edge on more mobile devices:

“Microsoft Edge is now used on 10.07 percent of desktop computers worldwide, 0.46 percent ahead of Safari, which is at 9.61 percent. Google Chrome remains in first place with a share of dominant at 66.64 percent, and Mozilla’s Firefox is fourth at 7.86 percent.”

(StatCounterr via MacRumors).

Details of the new Apple Watch

Both the Apple Watch 8 and Apple Watch SE2 spotted leaks this week that gave us a clearer idea of ​​Apple’s next steps with its health-focused wearable smartwatch. While the Watch 8 already looks familiar, it’s the Watch SE2 that seems to be the most interesting model:

“…the new Apple Watch SE will feature the S7 chip (which, by the way, is just the S6, but has been renamed). In addition, there will be even more improvements such as always-on display technology, better audio, and a new sensor that will allow the Apple Watch to take ECGs.”


Apple Pay domain queried in Europe

EU antitrust regulators have issued a statement of objections to Apple and the use of Apple Pay, specifically on how the European Commission believes Apple has abused its dominant market position. This is a slow process that can take years to work in various stages. The next would be for Apple to state its arguments in written statements or at a hearing before the Commission’s next move:

“The Commission said that Apple’s anti-competitive practices date back to 2015, when Apple Pay was launched. We have indications that Apple has restricted third-party access to key technology needed to develop rival mobile wallet solutions on Apple devices,” he said. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. in a statement. “In our statement of objections, we preliminarily found that Apple may have restricted competition for the benefit of its own Apple Pay solution,” she said.


Testing the iPhone Repair Kit

Now that Apple has a ‘self-repair’ program, how practical is it? MacRumors Dan Barbera decided to find out by changing the battery in his iPhone 12 Mini. The battery pack is $70.99 (already more expensive than Apple’s Genius Bar replacement service, though you get $24 back when you return the old battery) but you have to add the $1300 in tools that Apple recommends you borrow for work. The whole process doesn’t look very favorable and is at odds with Apple’s defense of satisfying customer expectations:

“Overall, for the layman, it’s probably better to take your phone to a professional for repair rather than trying to fix it yourself. This is especially true for repairs to things like the battery and screen, which are often cheaper to replace. the Apple. .”


And finally…

Many Apple employees signed an open letter to Tim Cook and his team about enforcing a return to office culture at Apple, relying on Steve Jobs’ words to advocate for more flexibility:

“Or as Steve said, “It makes no sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Here we are, the smart people you hired, and we’re telling you what to do: Please get out of our way, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, let’s decide how we work best and let us do the best work of our lives.”

(Apple Together via Apple Insider).

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