Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes details on the new iPhone 14, pending the iPhone SE, which Macs will launch in 2022, when the M2 arrives, 1000 days of the iPod Touch, the declining market share of Safari and the success of the iPad.
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).
More iPhone 14 details revealed
They might not be officially unveiled until September, but the outline of the iPhone 14 family will become clear over the next few months as the design process moves into pre-production. Highlights this week include the production of test samples, the lack of a fast-refreshing Pro Motion display on lower-end models, and a welcome boost in memory:
“This is a significant step up after Apple stuck with 6GB for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. many years… RAM is essential for other features – notably the cameras – so it will be interesting to see if Apple has any big plans for the iPhone 14 line in this area after a relatively gradual generational upgrade the last year.
Should we wait for the iPhone SE?
Before the iPhone 14, there’s the (literally) glitch of the third-generation iPhone SE. Expected to be revealed in the next few weeks, should someone looking for a small iOS smartphone wait for the SE, or consider the iPhone 13 instead?
“For fans of the iPhone SE lineup, upgrading to the new model seems like a no-brainer. And anyone who’s picked up an iPhone 13 since those phones were released last fall is probably happy with where they are as well. their smartphone. But what about people who have insisted on updating their iPhone? Does the planned arrival of the iPhone SE 3 change their calculations? “
Macs of the Year
As Apple’s March event draws ever closer, what will happen with the Mac family in 2022 is under consideration. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman outlines the steps that will be taken before the end of December:
“As Apple continues to move away from Intel silicon, it has a few other Macs available that are likely destined to eliminate all remaining Intel-powered devices from its lineup. Gurman expects a larger iMac Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options to replace its current 27-inch iMac Pro, as well as a smaller Mac Pro that comes “with the equivalent of two or four M1 Max chips. And while the Mac Mini is already Comes with an M1 chip, Gurman expects it to get an upgraded M1 Pro option (in addition to an M2 variant).
And the M2 will arrive when?
But what’s going on with the Mac at the aforementioned March event? Will the M2 arrive so soon? Will Apple hold back until WWDC? Or will everything wait for the next version of macOS to be publicly available?
“Would Apple race forward and begin the M2 story while the M1 rollout continues? Only Tim Cook knows for sure, but with Gurman and others suggesting a new Mac launch window in May or June – corresponding to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference – the M2 will be teased a lot of stories at the March event, but basic software and hardware details will begin at WWDC. The MacBook Pro d range could easily help tell that story.
1000 contact days
There may only be one iPod Touch left, but it’s still a bad tracker hoping for an update. This group “celebrated” 1000 days since the launch of the last iPod Touch this week.
“The iPod touch is the only iPod product that Apple still sells after the discontinuation of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle in July 2017. Despite the hopes of some iPod enthusiasts and the enthusiasm around the nostalgia potential to revive the classic iPod design with the click wheel, there have been no rumors of an eighth-generation iPod touch, or any new iPod model, which means the future of the entire iPod brand and product line is in question.”
Safari’s silver square under threat
While Chrome is by far the most popular browser on the desktop, Apple’s own Safari web browser, which comes with every Mac, remains a close second. But the competition is catching up and Safari’s global position could be lost to Microsoft Edge:
“While Edge is catching up with Safari worldwide, in North America it’s a different story, as Apple’s browser is used on 16.87% of desktop computers, compared to 11.93% share of market for Edge. In Europe and Asia however, Edge has already overtaken Safari at 10.9% and 7.46% respectively, with Apple’s browser being used on 9.95% of desktops in Europe and only 5.41% in Asia. .”
Ahead of a potential refresh to the iPad Air lineup, Canalys reports that Apple’s tablet family continues to dominate the US market, even with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on sales:
“Apple’s iPad continued to lead the U.S. tablet industry for the fourth quarter as well as all of 2021. With 19.1 million iPads shipped and a market share of 42, 1%, it nearly doubled Amazon’s second-place shipments for the year.The report notes that, despite its dominance, the company’s 2021 iPad shipments represent a 17% drop from compared to the sales of the previous year.
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