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Display Panel Orders Show iPhone Sales Higher Than Last Year

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 23:41

Even as some analysts suggest Apple is suffering soft sales with the iPhone 14, supply chain orders suggest otherwise. One observer, who monitors the display supply chain, sees iPhone sales tracking higher in 2022 than 2021. Not only that, but the numbers show a higher average selling price than in previous years.

Was Apple’s iPhone 14 Launch a Bust?

Analyst opinions are split on whether the iPhone 14 is a hit or a miss. Recently, Bloomberg reported Apple backing off its plans to increase production of the consumer iPhone 14 models. Even though demand for the iPhone 14 Pro family remains high, some say that’s not the case for the entry-level variants.

Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Anurag Rana went so far as to say weak demand from Europe and China might hurt overall sales for the iPhone in 2023. This is despite lead times for the iPhone 14 Pro models continue to track weeks instead of days.

By way of contrast, entry-level models of the iPhone 14 are easy to get in hand quickly. There is some delay, if shipped, but not much. Looking briefly at an unlocked 256GB purple iPhone 14, it would be delivered on Oct. 3, just two business days from the time of this writing. I could have it delivered from my local Apple Store on Friday, Sept. 30 or pick it up whenever.

Apple’s Display Panel Orders Point to Strong iPhone Sales, Though

Then we get to the reported display panel orders Apple is placing. According to DSCC analyst Ross Young, the Cupertino-based tech giant has been signifying stronger sales than other analysts would lead us to believe. In fact, Young says iPhones are “tracking 6% higher than last year.”

Young also notes an increase in the iPhone’s average selling price. The 4% ASP increase the analyst is observing is, he says, likely due to the 48MP camera.

If I read that right, it means that yes, more people are buying new iPhones this year than last … but not the entry-level model. Rather than purchasing the iPhone 14, which really isn’t much of an upgrade over last year’s model, folks are going with a 14 Pro or Pro Max.

This also coincides with analysis we saw earlier. Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives reported iPhone sales skewing 85% to 95% towards the Pro family.

Of course, this confusion would all go away if Apple simply told us how many units it sold of each iPhone 14 model. It likely won’t, though, so we just have to try unraveling the confusion and chaos. The way I see it, though, if display panel orders are up, so are overall iPhone sales.

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Adobe Launches Photoshop Elements 2023 and Premiere Elements 2023: Apple Silicon Upgrades, New AI Features and More

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:46

Today Adobe has announced both Photoshop Elements 2023 and Premiere Elements 2023. The new updates to these programs include new features that promise to make creative photo and video editing easier for users “at any skill level”.

Additionally, the new Elements 2023 will also provide users new web and mobile companion apps. However, these new companion apps are currently English-only betas.

Adobe Release Photoshop Elements 2023 and Premiere Elements 2023

According to the press release from Adobe,

The new releases incorporate new Adobe Sensei AI-powered features to enable intuitive, streamlined editing, and offer step-by-step Guided Edits that everyone from beginners to advanced users will appreciate. Going beyond the desktop app, Elements 2023 also offers a connected experience with new web and mobile companion apps (English-only beta) that ease on-the-go photo and video access, viewing and sharing.

Concerning these new releases, one of the coolest AI features to arrive to Photoshop is the new Moving Elements. In thanks to Adobe’s Sensei tech, users can add Moving Elements to photos to make certain parts of a still image more dynamic. Adobe says, “add Moving Elements to photos, so you can bring a touch of movie magic to waterfalls, clouds and backgrounds in still images”.

Users can then save their images in .mp4 or .gif formats, allowing them to be shared on social media and online.

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Additionally, a new Artistic Effects feature takes inspiration from “popular art styles” to allow users to “transform entire video clips with one click”.

For those using Macs powered by Apple Silicon, there is also a host of new performance gains. While both Photoshop and Premiere saw optimization to run natively in 2021, the new updates also bring additional improvements. Furthermore, for those running Apple Silicon, Photoshop and Premiere will now launch up to 70% faster. Adobe also stated that installation times have been cut by as much as 35% and there is also a 48% reduction in app size.

Other new features in Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2023 also include,

  • Updated creative content, including new backgrounds, patterns and skies
  • Collage and slideshow templates
  • Peek-though Overlays help create the illusion of depth in photos
  • 100 new audio tracks in Premiere Elements
  • New mobile companion app allows uploading to the cloud, allowing users to streamline their creations and edit photos and videos on the desktop.
  • Users can also user the web companion app to share and view edited photos and vides, or create photo collages and multimedia slideshows.

The new Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are now available from Adobe’s website. Separately they are $99, though customers can bundle them together for $149.99.

Are you looking forward to the new Photoshop Elements or Adobe Premiere? Let us know in the comments.

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Ad-Free Instagram Experience ‘OG App’ Removed from Apple App Store

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 20:58

The new “OG App” has already been removed from the Apple App Store. This week, we took a look at the new Instagram client, OG App, that has caught the attention of the internet by promising a better Instagram experience free of advertising and content suggestions.

The increasingly popular app has now been taken down. Though, it may not be for the reasons you think, and it may not be because of the people you would expect.

OG App Removed from the Apple App Store

The new OG App has officially seen removal from the Apple App Store. At the time of its removal, the OG App was sitting at around 10,000 downloads, and reached the 50th place in the most downloaded apps in the App Store.

Due to this somewhat surprising removal, the developers took to Twitter to voice their complaints:

Apple wants you to think they care about privacy more than any other tech company. They don’t. Apple would rather spinelessly submit to Facebook’s whim than do right by you.

While it was unclear at the time exactly why the OG App saw removal from the App Store, today Apple has provided some reasoning. According to reports, Apple claims that the app saw removal from the App Store due to the OG App using Instagram’s API in a way that breaks the terms of service with Meta, as well as App Store policies.

Additionally, Apple also stated that it found that the OG App was using Instagram’s service in an authorized manner. Apple stated that this both violates the App Store Review Guidelines as well as Instagram’s terms of use. The company also warned that the app may have possibly exposed Instagram users’ accounts to privacy and security vulnerabilities.

Breakin’ the Law, Breakin’ the Law

As evidence, Apple did refer to the App Store Review Guideline, specifically section 5.2.2, which states:

Make sure your app only includes content that you created or that you have a license to use. Your app may be removed if you’ve stepped over the line and used content without permission.
If your app uses, accesses, monetizes access to, or displays content from a third-party service, ensure that you are specifically permitted to do so under the service’s terms of use. Authorization must be provided upon request.

However, the issue does grow a bit more complicated, as both developers Ansh Nanda and Hardik Patil both claim to have their personal Facebook and Instagram accounts banned after the ordeal. Within their Twitter thread, the two also note that others apps replicates Instagram’s experience. However, it is up to how these apps implement Instagram’s API that would determine whether or not said apps are breaking any official guidelines.

With the removal of the OG App from the official App Store, it is no longer available to download. Users that have downloaded the app will note that it will eventually stop working as Meta cuts off access to the Instagram API.

Did you get a chance to use OG App? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple Announces 4Q22 Earnings Call on October 27

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 20:17

Wednesday, Apple announced when its next earnings report will become available. The Cupertino-based tech giant will, as typical, hold a conference call to announce the numbers and field questions. The 4Q22 Apple earnings call takes place on Oct. 27.

What’s In Store for Apple During Its 4Q22 Earnings Call

Financial analysts are split on how well Apple is doing in terms of iPhone sales. While demand for the iPhone 14 Pro models has been quite strong, some have referred to the consumer model as a failure for Cupertino. Others say sales of the handset are right in line with Apple’s expectations.

Whatever the case may be, Apple has a habit lately of meeting or exceeding Wall Street expectations. The upcoming earnings call will break down revenue for the months of July, August and September 2022. As Cupertino launched preorders of the new iPhone and Apple Watch models a week earlier than it traditionally does, those sales get included with 4Q22 revenue.

For 3Q22, Apple met expectations even as it weathered COVID-19 and geopolitical disruptions. It reported revenue of $83 billion, $19.4 billion of that as profit. The stock’s earnings-per-share hit $1.20.

While Apple once again failed to offer any official guidance for 4Q22, CEO Tim Cook did say the company was optimistic about the results. The launch of the iPhone 14 lineup alongside the second-generation AirPods Pro and three new Apple Watch models should help.

Dates, Times and Places

Apple’s next earnings call happens at 2 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. Eastern). That’s shortly after the stock markets close. The full earnings report is expected 30 minutes before the call. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri will be on the call to offer comments and answer questions.

We will, of course, cover the earnings report and conference call. So, stay tuned.

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iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Allows Users to Preload In-App Content After Install

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 20:10

Within the latest iOS 16.1 beta, Apple has now added a new toggle within the App Store’s settings that allows apps to automatically begin downloading in-app content once an app is downloaded but before a user launches the program for the first time.

In theory, this new feature allows users to access newly downloaded apps that much faster.

iOS 16.1 Allows for Automatic In-App Content Downloading for Apps

Within Settings > App Store, users running the new iOS 16.1 beta will now see an option for In-App Content. According to the description, users can “Automatically run apps in the background to download content before you first launch them”.

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Should users unable the new option, installing an app from the App Store will cause it to begin automatically running in the background in order to download the in-app content. Once a user opens the app for the first time, the app will be ready to go.

The new toggle is now apart of the iOS 16.1 beta 3 as well as macOS Ventura beta 9. Additionally, the new macOS Ventura beta also includes a dynamic version of the Ventura marketing wallpaper. The iOS 16.1 beta also includes the new Live Activities feature, which allows iPhone users the chance to stay on top of events that occur in real time. This includes sporting events or waiting on food delivery.

The new Live Activities feature also includes integration with the iPhone 14 series Dynamic Island, giving users even more options when looking for the latest updates.

Of course, the new iOS 16.1 also includes the new Clean Energy Charging option for U.S. users, as well as support for Matter accessories within the Home app.

Right now, iOS 16.1 is still in beta, both for the public and for developers. Apple has stated that the new update will see a release sometime this year.

Are you excited for the arrival of iOS 16.1? Let us know in the comments.

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Analysts Say, “What did Bloomberg Say?”

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 19:43

Between analysts disagreeing on what supposedly soft sales of the consumer iPhone 14 models mean to Apple exerting its importance to TSMC, there’s plenty to see from today’s shift on the Observation Deck. In addition to those two big pieces of news, we saw Apple announce its next earnings call, new public beta builds and more. Don’t forget to listen to today’s Daily Observations podcast, featuring special guest Rob Black. The financial analyst and radio and podcast personality gives his take on how well Apple is doing in 2022 and going forward. Oh, and we hear about Nick deCourville‘s super top SEcret Apple Watch experiment.

New Feature: It’s Not Just Me!™

Variation on a theme: It’s not just me! Yesterday, I told you of a post from Bloomberg under the headline, “Apple Ditches iPhone Production Increase After Demand Falters.” I also questioned the headline’s assertion since everything I’d seen had indicated that sales for the iPhone 14 in terms of units had for weeks (maybe months) been expected to match sales of iPhone 13 — no more, no less. 

Happy to say: It’s not just me!™

Ming-Chi Kuo Not Buying It

A few analysts responded Wednesday to Bloomberg’s story, with reactions ranging from “huh?” to “nuh-uh.” We’ll start on Twitter, where we find TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo questioning/refuting the report. He says the report sounds “a little bit weird.”

In a series of Tweets the analyst said that (1) “Apple had production switch plans from iPhone 14/14 Plus to iPhone 14 Pro/14 Pro Max,” but he hadn’t heard anything about an “overall iPhone production increase plan.” He also indicates that Apple might be cranking out more iPhone 13s than previously intended. (2) While noting “lackluster” demand for the consumer end of the line, the analyst reiterated his forecast of a 10% increase in sales for this year’s Pro phones, leading to higher Average Selling Prices (ASPs) for iPhone in the December-quarter. (3) He then doubles down on unit numbers staying the same, saying “the order increase for iPhone 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max, and price-cut 13 could offset the potential order cut of iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.” That keeps him expecting iPhone unit numbers to be flat. All of that said, he says (4):

I predict that Apple will likely offer a positive outlook for 4Q22 at the next earning call assuming iPhone shipments won’t decline significantly starting December.

Daniel Ives Not Buying It

I cryptically called for a rough day for Apple shares after the Bloomberg report. That was the “Have a good Wednesday” comment yesterday. Not cryptic at all in such a prediction was Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives. Apple 3.0 posted part of a note he wrote Wednesday — I assume before the markets opened. His concern was that the negative Bloomberg news:

…in light of an already shaky macro and jittery market [would] send shockwaves across the Street with investors concerned this is another shoe to drop in this dark market with golden child Apple front and center.

Quick aside: It only played out that way for Apple. A piece from Reuters (via Apple Stocks) illustrates that, saying:

Wall Street ended sharply higher on Wednesday following its recent sell-off, helped by falling Treasury yields, while Apple dropped on concerns about demand for iPhones. 

Ives was not a fan of the Bloomberg piece, arguing that:

…the headline of “not increasing production” (~6 million units) overshadows the underlying story for iPhone 14 Pro demand that is currently playing out in the field.

After pointing to high rates of adoption for iPhone 14’s Pro end versus the consumer side and what that’ll mean for iPhone ASPs, the analyst addressed the fewer iPhones intimation, saying: 

As we have discussed initial iPhone 14 units was roughly 90 million and is in line with iPhone 13 and that remains firm/unchanged. However the mix is heavily shifted towards Pro while the base model iPhone sales have clearly been underwhelming and softer than Apple expected.

Mr. Ives has an “Outperform” rating on Apple shares. His price target on the shares is $220. 

Erik Woodring Not Buying It

One more analyst calling bull-nanigans on the Bloomberg story was Morgan Stanley’s Erik Woodring. AppleInsider had him doing the Daniel Ives thing — pointing to long waits for the higher priced iPhone 14 Pro phones. The piece also had the analyst indicating “that the build estimates for the iPhone 14 are in-line with [his firm’s] predictions for production.”

Apple Plans 4QFY22 Earnings Report for 27 October

While we’re never ever ever going to hear iPhone unit sales numbers from Apple again ever, we’ll get some much craved color from the company in just under a month. Apple let the planet know Wednesday when it’ll report fourth-quarter fiscal year 2022 revenue and earnings. 

Would you like for me to tell you? Okay. Apple’s Investor page says those are set for Thursday 27 October. They’ll be released via press release after the closing bell. Then, roughly half-an-hour later — 2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern — execs will hop on the phone with analysts for a good, old fashioned chinwag. You can listen to that as it happens on Apple’s site. The company will make it available as a podcast soon after. We’ll hit lights both high and low on Friday 28 October. And if you missed any of that — don’t worry. I will be repeating it quite a bit between now and 27 October.

Ming-Chi Kuo Forecasts the Future

It was a fairly busy day on Twitter for TF International’s Ming-Chi Kuo. After calling the Bloomberg assertions into question and stressing strength for the Pro end of the iPhone 14 line, he took a couple of Tweets to do something between extrapolation and prognostication. The first he used to once again point out the strength seen for Apple’s latest Pro phones. That led to the second Tweet’s prediction:

I think this result will encourage Apple to create more differentiation between iPhone 15 Pro Max & 15 Pro to raise 15 Pro Max shipments and enhance the iPhone product mix.

iPhone 15 Pro Pro? iPhone 15 Pro Ultra? iPhone 15 Ultra Pro. 

Whatever. 

He also had thoughts on Apple Car. Busy Twitter day, as I say. One Tweet this time — short and… Tweet:

My latest survey indicates that Apple will likely build the new Apple Car project team before the end of 2022.

Happy Holidays.

Report: Apple Refuses Higher Prices Planned by TSMC

An interesting story Wednesday about Apple and its silicon supplier, TSMC. The Mac Observer highlights a report that originated with the Taiwanese site UDN. According to that, TSMC “planned to raise its chip prices by 6% to 9%.” That is a plan that Apple has reportedly refused. 

You can see where TSMC would think it could do that. It is, as the piece points out, the “world’s leading advanced semiconductor manufacturer.” It also supplies all of Apple’s significant processors at this point. At the same time, business with Apple accounts for more than a quarter of TSMC’s total revenue, so you could see where Apple think it could refuse the increase.

It could be that Apple doesn’t want to be punished for the sins of others. According to TMO:

TSMC has (…) struggled with understanding real demand for its products recently. Clients have been prone to ordering more chips than needed, hoping to secure production line space during a time of semiconductor shortage. When demand for the clients’ products [fails] to coalesce, they cancel those orders.

While Apple may not have been one to cancel orders, TSMC reportedly hoped to increase prices for all of its clients in order to prevent such abandoned orders.

Whatever the case, TMO says, “it sounds like Apple is confident enough in its importance to TSMC’s bottom line that it can refuse to pay more.” Because what you really want in uncertain economic times is a… spitting contest.

Public Testers Get New iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Betas

As day follows night, so public testing betas follow developer betas. I told you Wednesday of Apple seeding betas of iOS, macOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS to developers. Now a couple of pieces from MacRumors have the Cupertino-company making new betas of iOS and iPadOS 16.1 available to its public testing program, along with the seventh public beta of macOS 13 Ventura

App Store Antisocial for Russian Social Network

Apple has removed the app for the Russian social network VK from the App Store worldwide. A piece from TechCrunch says the company made the move to comply with UK law. The piece quotes a statement from Apple, saying:

These apps are being distributed by developers majority-owned or majority-controlled by one or more parties sanctioned by the UK government, in order to comply with these sanctions, Apple terminated the developer accounts associated with these apps, and the apps cannot be downloaded from any App Store, regardless of location. Users who have already downloaded these apps may continue to use them…

Of course, they won’t be updated. Additionally, the piece says there may be problems with payments and notifications. For its part, the Russian social network said in a blog post that “VK will continue to develop and support applications for iOS. Our experts do everything to maintain and continue to improve user comfort…”

The Russian government, meanwhile, seems a bit less stiff upper lip. After the app’s removal, a piece from AppleInsider had Russian regulators saying that the app’s removal “will impair communications between its citizens…” Regulators call the app’s removal “discriminatory,” and are said by the piece to be “demanding answers.” No word on what exactly that demand entails, nor on a timeline for answering to it.

Billie Eilish Wrapping Latest Tour on Apple Music Live

And finally today — if you’re looking for a musical way to end your week, plan to be near an Apple device tomorrow. AppleInsider ran a piece earlier this week saying that Billie Eilish will end her latest tour Friday 30 September on Apple Music Live. 

According to the report, “The concert will be streamed live from the O2 Arena in London.” Despite that assertion, this sounds like another one of those live/not live things. AppleInsider says the show kicks off on Apple Music at 10PM Eastern. That’ll be three in the morning in foggy London town. 

Maybe that’ll be live, but my thinking is … no. 

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Hiker Tests the Apple Watch Ultra On A Three-Day Hiking and Backpacking Adventure in Scottish Highlands

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 19:07

An app developer and avid hiker and backpacker put the Apple Watch Ultra on the ultimate three-day hiking/backpacking test. With the beautiful Scottish Highlands in the background, the reviewer has almost nothing but praise for the Apple Watch Ultra.

Avid Hiker Tests the Apple Watch Ultra

David Smith, an app developer and avid hiker and backpacker, took his new Apple Watch Ultra on a three-day adventure. He went on a hiking trip in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, covering 61 miles in three days. With his Apple Watch Ultra on his wrist, Smith shared insights on how the new wearable performed. He also compared the Apple Watch Ultra with the Series 7, which he had been using every day since it was released.

In the 34-minute video, Smith highlighted several features of the Apple Watch Ultra that led him to conclude that it is the best Apple Watch for outdoor activities. Smith said that the Apple Watch Ultra was very much designed for the backcountry context. He also said that the Apple Watch Ultra “is more rugged, more long-lasting and much easier to read…all while still being 100% Apple Watch.”

Smith wrote on his blog:

While I was putting together this review I kept coming back to the analogy that the Ultra is like a pick-up truck. Useful in regular, daily life but capable of heading offroad or carrying gravel from the garden store. It still drives like a regular car but can do more. The Ultra has retained its “Apply Watch-ey-ness” while expanding its range of uses, which is exactly what I want. If they had instead made a dump truck (which in this analogy are the highly specialized, sport-specific watches) it certainly would have been able to carry more gravel than a pick-up, but also been way less useful overall.

One Minor Thing Apple May Have Missed

While watching Smith’s video review, I couldn’t help but notice one flaw that he mentioned. This pertains to the new Action Button. According to Smith, if you accidentally push the Action Button while currently using an app you programmed it to activate, the Action Button will end your workout. It didn’t prompt him to confirm whether he wanted to end the workout or continue. As soon as the Watch closed the current workout, it proceeded to do the next workout that he set the Action Button to do. The good news is that this is a system issue that can be solved via software updates.

Still, Smith’s overall verdict stood firm. The Apple Watch Ultra is the best Apple Watch yet made for hiking. Now, we would love to hear more from other owners who’ve put their Apple Watch Ultra into deep diving, long-distance running, or cycling test.

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Cloudflare Releases API That Will Bring iOS 16 Feature Bypassing CAPTCHAs to More Websites

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 18:49

The new iOS 16 Automatic Verification feature that bypasses CAPTCHA prompts will soon be available to more websites. Cloudflare announced recently that it is releasing a free API that will be available to any website wanting to eliminate CAPTCHAs.

Turnstile API Makes Bypassing CAPTCHAs Easier

In a blog post, Cloudflare announced the open beta of Turnstile. Dubbed as the invisible alternative to CAPTCHA, the announcement said that anyone, anywhere on the Internet who wanted to replace CAPTCHA verifications will soon be able to do so easily. For those unaware, CAPTCHA verifications are the checks that ensure a visitor to a web page is a human, not a script or other form of bot. They usually require solving a puzzle, identifying letters visible in a distorted image or choosing images matching a specific keyword.

All web developers need to do is to call a simple API. The good thing about Turnstile is that it will be available even for those who are not Cloudflare customers. The website also doesn’t have to send traffic through the Cloudflare network to use the API. Signing up is free and it is also available via the dashboard for Cloudflare customers.

Before releasing Turnstile API on public beta, bypassing CAPTCHAs had been made possible through the use of Private Access Tokens. In June, Cloudflare announced its collaboration with Apple to use Private Access Tokens.

Cloudflare explained how Private Access Token works in the blog post:

Private Access Tokens are built directly into Turnstile. While Turnstile has to look at some session data (like headers, user agent, and browser characteristics) to validate users without challenging them, Private Access Tokens allow us to minimize data collection by asking Apple to validate the device for us. In addition, Turnstile never looks for cookies (like a login cookie), or uses cookies to collect or store information of any kind. Cloudflare has a long track record of investing in user privacy, which we will continue with Turnstile.

Apple Supports Private Access Tokens in iOS 16 and iOS 16,1

Apple has supported Private Access Tokens in iOS 16. As mentioned iOS 16 and iOS 16.1 users can bypass the CAPTCHA prompt through Automatic Verification. This can be found in Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security. The feature will also be available in the upcoming macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1, which are both currently in beta.

Once you toggle on Automatic Verification, you can say goodbye to the annoying prompts that ask you to tap on the image of a traffic light to verify that you are indeed a human, when visiting a website. It also eliminates the need to give out personal data.

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Kuo: iPhone 15 May See Further Segmentation Between Pro and Pro Max

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 17:56

Though the iPhone 14 series just saw release, that doesn’t stop the rumor train from running toward next-year’s iPhone 15 series, including rumors of further segmentation in the Pro series. While Apple has seen a high demand for the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, it may lead the company to further segment the next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will possibly add exclusive features to the iPhone 15 Pro Max in an effort to encourage more people to go for the larger and more expensive device.

Kuo: Further Segmentation Possible for iPhone 15 Pro and ‘Ultra’

Last week, Kuo stated that Apple had spoken with manufacturing partners to increase production of iPhone 14 Pro models due to strong demand. Now, Kuo notes that the iPhone 14 Pro Max makes up around 60% of total order increase of the Pro models.

Concerning the demand for the iPhone 14 Pro models, Apple has been asking suppliers to shift from iPhone 14 production to iPhone 14 Pro production. According to Kuo, the base model iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are seeing demand that is “obviously lackluster”.

Kuo’s suggestion that Apple may aim to further differentiate the 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro models is somewhat in line with a recent rumor that we heard from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who suggested that instead of an “iPhone 15 Pro Max”, users we’ll see the “iPhone 15 Ultra”.

Additionally, Gurman also stated that Apple may replace the Pro Max branding with the Ultra branding. While he didn’t mention additional features for the “Ultra” model, a name difference may suggest further segmentation between the large and small Pro models.

Right now, rumors concerning the iPhone 15 involve a jump from Lightning to USB-C, new periscope telephoto lens technology, Face ID hidden under the front panel and more. It will be interesting to see what arrives to all devices, or what sees segmentation.

Why This Might Not Be the Best

Right now, we obviously don’t know what this segmentation will entail, if anything. However, from this writer’s perspective, putting all of the best and latest tech into the largest device may not be the greatest decision, at least for users. For those that don’t want a larger phone, not getting access to bleeding-edge tech can leave some users torn.

Additionally, there may be some users where a 6.7-inch is simply too physically large for them. While Apple does provide accessibility features, there may be some users who are just fine with a 6.1-inch device, and simply do not want to use the accessibility features with a 6.7-inch phone.

Of course, Apple has done this in the past , as noted by writer Joe Wituschek, there was a time when certain camera features were only available in Pro Max models. While a camera may be fine, there are some features that should simply be included within both Pro models.

Of course, sales of the iPhone 14 Pro Max may suggest I’m entirely off-base with this idea.

What do you think about the possibility about further segmentation in the future iPhone 15 Pro lineup? Let us know in the comments.

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An Intervention Call and a Secret Science Project – TMO Daily Observations 2022-09-29

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 09:00

Two guests on today’s show. First, financial analyst Rob Black joins Ken to discuss Bloomberg’s midweek article that has Apple reducing iPhone orders. Then, TMO’s Nick deCourville reveals his Apple Watch SEcret science project.

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Apple TV+ Announces New Untitled Documentary Featuring ‘Korea’s Mermaids’

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 22:24

Apple TV+ has announced a new, currently untitled documentary from Extracurricular and A24, which features the story of the legendary ‘haenyeo’ of South Korea’s Jeju island.

The currently untitled documentary feature film finds Peabody Award nominee Sue Kim (The Speed Cubers) acting as director. This is also the first project from the partnership between Apple TV+ and Malala Yousafzai’s production company Extracurricular.

Apple TV+ Announces Documentary About ‘Korea’s Mermaids’

The currently untitled documentary tells the story of “Korea’s mermaids”, a group of elderly free divers who work catching seafood off the coast of Jeju Island, which has provided support to their community for generations.

According to an Apple TV+ press release,

Matriarchs, breadwinners and rowdy grandmas, the haenyeo’s numbers have dwindled in the past few decades. But now their youngest descendants are helping to revive the revered and often dangerous lifestyle of their ancestors, while fighting to protect the ocean from looming environmental threat.

The co-production arrives from Extracurricular, the production company of women’s rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. The partnership with Apple TV+ in order to create original programming also involves A24, who is collaborating on the new Steve Martin documentary.

Additionally, the new documentary finds Yousafzaim, Erika Kennair and Extracurricular’s president of productions producing alongside A24.

In terms of documentaries and Apple, there is a lot arriving to the streaming service. Along with the aforementioned Steve Martin documentary, Apple TV+ will also soon release a documentary about the life of Selena Gomez. The film will arrive from director and producer Alex Keshishian, who is responsible for the infamous Madonna: Truth or Dare documentary.

Of course, while streamers wait for these new documentaries, there is still plenty to check out on Apple TV+. This includes the documentary on experimental rock group The Velvet Underground, as well as a documentary about the legendary NBA star Makur Maker.

Of course, there’s also the documentaries that recently won Apple TV+ several Emmy Award nominations. This includes the nature documentary Fathom, as well as the film 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room and Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson.

Are you looking forward to this new documentary? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple Looking to Ready Apple Music Classical for Debut Sometime This Year

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 21:45

It appears that Apple is preparing to gear up for the upcoming debut of Apple Music Classical, a standalone classical music app that will be available to users alongside the traditional Apple Music app.

Right now, it is uncertain when the app will see release, though Apple has made a promise of it seeing release this year.

Apple Gearing Up for Debut of Apple Music Classical

Reports indicate that mentions of Apple Classical are appearing in backend code that Apple employs. This suggests that users may be seeing a debut of Apple Music Classical in the near future. Twitter user @aaronp613 was the one to announce the discovery of the source code.

Concerning the app itself, Apple Musical Classical is built around Primephonic, a classical musical service that Apple acquired back in Aug. 2021. During the acquisition of Primephonic, Apple promised notable improvements to the classical music experience for Apple Music subscribers.

Additionally, Apple has also stated that there is going to be a “dedicated classical music app” arriving in 2022. The app is looking to combine Primephonic’s classical user interface alongside “more added features”. However, with around three months left to go in 2022, the app will hopefully arrive soon should Apple be looking to hit the timeline.

Right now, there are no new signs that Apple Music Classical has seen an addition to the iOS 16.1 beta. However, Apple may be saving the release for the end of the year.

Of course, we have taken a look at the new changes that are arriving to Apple Music in the iOS 16 update, though right now, it doesn’t seem like there will be any major changes to Apple Music in iOS 16.1, at least for the time being.

Right now, iOS 16.1 is available as a public beta, should users wish to give it a try. Of course, if you do wish to give it a try, make sure you back up your device before installing the iOS 16.1 public beta.

Are you looking forward to Apple Music Classical app? Let us know in the comments.

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Tim Cook Talks About Lack of Women in Tech, EarPods Sales and the Future of AR

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:47

In an interview Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook laid out his thoughts on a number of issues. During the chat in the U.K., Cook bemoaned a lack of women in tech, addressed wired EarPod sales and spoke about Apple’s investment in augmented reality, or AR.

Tim Cook Says There’s ’No Good Excuse’ for Lack of Women in Tech

In an interview with BBC, Cook discussed the class of all-female founders he met with at Apple’s first Foundations program in the U.K. Cook had already shared on Twitter that the developers in the program were “on their way to making and achieving extraordinary things.”

However, Cook pointed out in the interview his concerns about a lack of more women in tech. He said technology “will not achieve nearly what it could achieve” without a diverse workforce. The corporate leader went on to say there’s “no good excuse” for the lack of women in tech.

I think the essence of technology and its effect on humanity depends upon women being at the table. Technology’s a great thing that will accomplish many things, but unless you have diverse views at the table that are working on it, you don’t wind up with great solutions.

Cook dismissed the common excuse of there not being enough women taking computer science coursework as a cop-out. He believes the industry needs to “fundamentally change the number of people” studying the field.

Talking About Wired EarPods and AR

During the interview with BBC, Cook seemed to become fascinated with the reporter’s audio recorder. After the interview, Cook examined it closely, turning it over in his hands a few times.

The reporter confessed to Cook that he’d been forced to ask CEO’s colleagues if he could borrow some wired headphones to plug into it. The journalist cites the fact that Apple ditched the headphone port from the iPhone in 2016 in favor of its wireless AirPods.

Cook quipped, “Oh we still sell those. People still buy them.”

Finishing out the chat, Cook dropped more indications that Apple is, in fact, still working heavily on at least some sort of AR project. He didn’t confirm suspicions and rumors of an upcoming mixed reality headset, but did speak to how seriously the Cupertino-based company takes AR.

Calling the concept of AR and the metaverse “profound,” he said, “In the future people will wonder how we lived without AR. We’re investing a ton in that space.”

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Sales Numbers, New Betas and Bugs, and Fresh Teardowns Seen From the Observation Deck

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:11

In today’s scan from the Observation Deck, we can see that the iPhone 14 Pro is still faring well despite our not-so-good-looking times. The iPhone 14 base models may not be selling as well as expected, though. We’ve also caught sight of new beta builds, more bugs and news on how easily one could repair the new Apple Watch Ultra. Speaking of things you probably shouldn’t do at home, we’ve got a challenge for you in today’s Daily Observations, so listen in and give us your thoughts.

WSJ: iPhone 14 Pro Looks Good in Not So Good Looking Times

If you follow Apple news — iPhone news specifically, there was nothing in Tuesday’s analysis piece from the Wall Street Journal that you have not heard. Still worth noting for a couple of reasons. First, the piece by Dan Gallagher did a great job of listing a number of positives for Apple’s latest phones at this point. Those include:

  • Off the chart demand/wait times for iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max
  • Differentiation between the consumer line and the Pro line apparently driving sales to the high end
  • Better subsidies and incentives from carriers than consumers have seen in quite some time 

That list is one thing that makes the Journal piece notable. The other is the sentiment. Apple’s fourth-quarter of fiscal year 2022 ended over the weekend. While iPhone is not all Apple has going for it, Gallagher thinks Apple’s latest communicator likely sent the September-quarter out on a high note. 

Not that the piece is all “party time excellent.” Noting the strength of the higher priced iPhone 14 Pros versus the consumer side, Gallagher says analysts expect the actual number of iPhone units sold to be the same this year versus last. Headed into that and a global economic slowdown, consensus estimates still show iPhone revenue rising roughly 4% over the September and December quarters.

Bloomberg Says Apple Has Cut Orders for iPhone 14 Line

Am I wrong in thinking that we’ve all been thinking that iPhone unit numbers for the 14 line were going to be inline with iPhone 13? I seem to remember hearing that a lot. I know we heard it just a minute ago from the Wall Street Journal. And yet, a story hit last night that’s likely to give a few people the agita. It came from Bloomberg (via Yahoo News Canada) under the headline, “Apple Ditches iPhone Production Increase After Demand Falters.”

Again, everything I remember hearing had Apple targeting roughly the same number of iPhones this year as last year, which actually looked pretty good what with the looming economic uncertainty. “…analysts expect the actual number of iPhone units sold to be the same this year versus last,” is what the Wall Street Journal said early Tuesday, before Bloomberg sounded whatever alarm it sounded. Speaking of which, the Bloomberg report says Apple:

…has told suppliers to pull back from efforts to increase assembly of the iPhone 14 product family by as many as 6 million units in the second half of this year, said the people, asking not to be named as the plans are not public. Instead, the company will aim to produce 90 million handsets for the period, roughly the same level as the prior year and in line with Apple’s original forecast this summer, the people said.

It’s at times like this that I remember what my grandmother used to say: Where’s my bourbon? 

Here’s the thing: The Bloomberg piece (penned by Debby Wu and Takashi Mochizuki) is seeing the same sorts of data everyone else has seen since iPhone 14 pre-orders started. That includes stronger demand for the Pro end of the line than the consumer end. It also includes a call by Apple for at least one supplier to shift production from the less expensive iPhone 14 to the more expensive Pro phones. 

So the only thing that’s changed, according to Bloomberg, is something that only Bloomberg seems to have known. 

Have a good Wednesday. 

Apple Hits Developers with a Slew of OS Betas

The ever lengthening parade of OS betas marches on. AppleInsider ran a report Tuesday announcing the third developer betas of iOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, and tvOS 16.1. That same piece also noted the fourth developer beta of iPadOS 16.1, while a piece from MacRumors noted the availability of the ninth developer beta of macOS 13 Ventura.

What’s New in the Latest Betas?

Neat and new in the iOS beta — a piece from 9to5Mac says the nascent update for iPhone includes a Satellite Connection Demo for iPhone 14. Apple announced Emergency SOS via Satellite at this month’s “Far Out” media event. The way Apple describes it, the feature lets users:

…connect with emergency services under exceptional circumstances when no other means of reaching emergency services are available. If you call or text emergency services and can’t connect because you’re outside the range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, your iPhone tries to connect you via satellite to the help that you need.

The cautious among us may want to know how that’s gonna go before an actual emergency. For that theres the Satellite Connection Demo. “With this feature,” says 9to5Mac

…users will be able to see how Emergency SOS via Satellite works without having to go to a remote area without Wi-Fi and cellular signal. Code seen by 9to5Mac suggests that the demo feature will work pretty much the same way as Emergency SOS via Satellite, so it can also instruct users on how to use it in a real-life situation.

While spotted in the code, the site isn’t sure the demo will actually roll out in iOS 16.1. That update is expected in October, though Emergency SOS via Satellite won’t be active in the iPhone 14 line until November.

Tuesday’s iPadOS 16.1 developer beta packed a pretty big surprise. According to a piece from Engadget, Stage Manager is working its way onto older iPad Pro models than had been expected. Stage Manager is Apple’s new stab at multitasking for the tablet. While it had been expected on iPad Pros powered by the M1 processor and later, the report says the feature will  “be available on the 2018 and 2020 models that use the A12X and A12Z chips rather than just the M1.” 

That said, it’s not the full Stage Manager experience. The piece says:

…for the older iPad Pro models — Stage Manager will only work on the iPad’s [built-in] display. You won’t be able to extend your display to an external monitor.

New Feature: “It’s not just you!”

Of course, we’re also seeing a handful of new bugs rear their ugly heads. Some of these are related to video editing after updating to iOS 16, while others are connection issues with the iPhone 14. There are also microphone issues on the newest Apple Watch models and more.

Lights! Camera! Crap.

Having a problem with Cinematic videos in iMovie and Final Cut Pro after updating to iOS 16? It’s not just you! A piece from 9to5Mac says folks in the Apple Support forums and on Reddit are reporting that, as well. It seems folks using those editors “can no longer open Cinematic videos recorded with an iPhone running iOS 16.” Here’s hoping Apple fixes it.

Mic Check Failing on Latest Apple Watches

Got a problem with the microphone on your Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch Ultra? It’s not just you! A piece from MacRumors cites the MacRumors forums and the Apple Support Community forums saying:

A growing number of user reports online suggest the microphone on some new Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra models can become persistently unresponsive after an unspecified amount of time, causing apps that rely on the mic to throw up errors and stop working.

Throwing up? Ewwww… You really hope Apple has a fix for that. 

“Big Red” Losing Touch with iPhone 14 Pro

Are you a Verizon usin’, iPhone 14 Pro totin’ person with cellular connectivity issues? It’s not just you! Another piece from MacRumors cites multiple Reddit threads (1,2,3) and its own MacRumors forums saying:

…customers on the Verizon network in the U.S. are reporting issues with slow and unreliable 5G cellular connections and calls randomly dropping.

As indicated, complaints center on the Pro end of the iPhone 14 line specifically. Not sure who needs to fix that. Pray to the deity of your choice. 

And the Rest…

Still feeling buggy and like all your power’s drained? Ain’t that just the way these days? Sorry — It’s not just you! Two weeks and two days into life of iOS 16, yet another piece from MacRumors says bugs are still flying in fast and furious. Among some the site has seen:

“Walk on, walk on, With hope in your heart…” It’s not just you.

iFixit: Ultra Model Puts Apple Watch on Road to Repairability

Apple Watch Ultra may be easier to fix than previously thought. Like — even easier than we thought yesterday. I told you Tuesday of an iFixit teardown video of Apple’s rough-and-tumble wearable. That one had the guy doing the teardown — a guy who knows what he’s doing — accidentally breaking the display. 

The exposed screws on the device might have had some thinking self-repair would be easy peasy. The iFixit breakage almost immediately had people thinking otherwise. But now, a full-ish teardown from iFixit gives the outfit hope for repairability. 

CNET has written up the fight-for-your-right-to-repair-people’s post. That’s got iFixit indicating that the device “will be better suited to repairs” than other Apple Watch models. Not unlike the consumer level iPhone 14, Apple Watch Ultra relies less on glue and more on screws. The four pentalobe screws on the device “means the sensor can be replaced relatively quickly and easily,” according to the write-up. The battery, meanwhile, “is protected by a metal casing that’s secured with four screws — rather than adhesive — making a battery replacement much easier.”

The display is a bear, though, so heads-up. 

I said this was a full-ish teardown. iFixit still seems to be holding out on a 1-to-10 repairability rating. Still, the organization seems impressed with the direction Apple Watch Ultra is headed. Quoting iFixit:

While Apple made a big deal of features like a long-awaited Action Button, massive screen, and dive computer capabilities, it once again buried what may be the biggest leap in the Watch’s design. Just as it neglected to mention with its radically rebuilt iPhone 14, Apple has made a potentially giant step towards making the Watch more repairable.

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AirPods Pro 2 Feature Mystery Metal Insert Welded to Lightning Port

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:37

Whenever Apple launches a new product, we look forward to seeing it taken apart. The AirPods Pro 2 was no exception, but we got a bonus even before the teardown videos came out. Thanks to a CT scan, we got a look inside the AirPods Pro 2 charging case that suggested there may be more to the new lanyard holster than originally thought. The metal eyelet appeared to be connected to the Lightning port.

Exploring the Innards of Apple’s Refreshed Wireless Earbuds

Lumafield, a company founded to help diagnose problems with assemblies and identify hidden cracks, was quick to put its CT scanner to work on the AirPods Pro 2. Previously, the company had scanned the original AirPods Pro and wanted to compare the internals of the second generation.

It found a basic layout very similar to the first-generation AirPods Pro case. Two batteries surround the main logic board, and magnets keep the lid closed and the earbuds in place. The second-generation case adds four magnets for MagSafe or an Apple Watch charger, but there’s more.

The metal eyelet on the side of the case was no surprise. What was surprising, though, was how the eyelet was constructed. A hidden tail actually connects the eyelet to the Lightning port.

Teardown Confirms Metal Insert Welded to Lightning Port in AirPods Pro 2 Case

When iFixIt published its teardown of the new AirPods Pro 2 charging case, the findings of the CT scan were confirmed. There is, in fact, a connection between the metal eyelet for the lanyard holster and the Lightning port. The teardown professionals didn’t offer any other details, though.

So, what exactly is this metal connection for? Some have suggested it may be an antenna to support improved tracking using Find My. The first generation AirPods Pro case lacked its own U1 chip, meaning owners could only locate the case in Find My if at least one AirPod was in the case.

Thanks to the addition of the U1 chip in the charging case, you can now locate a missing AirPods Pro 2 case even when neither of the earbuds is inside it. The case also now includes its own built-in speaker, to help even more when it goes missing.

Using that metal eyelet as an antenna for the U1 chip makes quite a bit of sense. Radio signals can pass through the plastic of the case, but not nearly as strongly as you might hope for. The metal can act as a conduit to allow a stronger signal, improving the range at which your iPhone can detect the U1 chip’s transmissions.

We’ve reached out to Apple for comment on the finding, but have yet to hear back from the iPhone maker.

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How the New Live Activities Feature in iOS 16.1 Works with Dynamic Island

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:26

Earlier in the month, Apple announced that iOS 16.1 will provide users the new Live Activities feature which allows iPhone users to stay on top of things that are occurring in real time.

Live Activities allows users to keep track of sports games, food deliveries and more, right from their Lock Screen. For the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Live Activities also integrates into the new Dynamic Island.

iOS 16.1 Brings Live Activities to iPhone and Dynamic Island

Just this week, reports arrived that Dynamic Island shows a live-updating scoreboard when following a sports event. The number of goals scored by each club appears on either side of the True Depth camera pill. Apple refers to this as a “compact” Live Activities presentation within Dynamic Island. Users can long press in order to expand Dynamic Island and show the amount of time elapsed in a game as well as play-by-play action.

Now, Apple is also sharing its Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) for app developers that plan to support Live Activities. One notable detail includes the fact that on iPhone 14 Pro models, users are able to switch between two Live Activities using Dynamic Island if they are following multiple tasks or events simultaneously. This is in thanks to the separate “minimal” presentation.

According to Apple,

When multiple Live Activities are active, the system uses the circular minimal presentation to display two of them in the Dynamic Island. The system chooses one Live Activity to appear attached to the Dynamic Island while the other appears detached. As with a compact Live Activity, people can tap a minimal Live Activity to open the app and get more details about the event or task.

Additionally, Apple’s guidelines also state that when users touch and hold a Live Activity during the minimal presentation, the system will display content within an expanded presentation, as it does with the compact version. Essentially, when running one Live Activity, users get the compact presentation. When running multiple activities, you get the minimal presentation, and the expanded presentation provides more information for each Live Activity.

LiveActivitiesMinimalPresentationSept2022

This could be a great feature for users that want to watch two sporting events at once, or really keep an eye on their delivery while they watch the game.

Additional Features

Furthermore, Apple also provides some advice to developers on how to give users the most from Live Activities. This includes presenting only essential content, offer Live Activity tasks that have a clear beginning and end, avoid displaying sensitive information, avoid using a Live Activity to display ads and more.

Lastly, Apple also notes that Live Activities adapt their colors to “look great” in both the Light and Dark systems. It is also the intent to make sure they look their best as the screen dims for the always-on display.

Right now, Apple says that iOS 16.1 is still in beta, and will see a release later this year. Along with Live Activities support for third-party apps, the update also includes a new Clean Energy Charging option for U.S. users, support for Matter accessories within the Home app, Apple Fitness+ workouts being available without an Apple Watch and more.

Are you excited for the new iOS 16.1 update? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple Rejects TSMC Bid to Increase Chip Price

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 18:46

The world’s leading advanced semiconductor manufacturer, TSMC, reportedly planned to raise its chip prices by 6% to 9%. Apple, TSMC’s largest client, relies solely on that manufacturer for just about all of its products. Nevertheless, the Cupertino-based tech giant has rejected TSMC’s suggested increase in chip prices.

Trying to Price More Expensive Chips Even Higher

Already, TSMC’s chips are around 20% higher than those of its direct rivals. However, even the smaller foundries have been raising their prices in recent years. Higher material and logistics costs drive such price increases. So does new investment, such as the $100 billion TSMC has committed for the next three years towards improving its processes and building new factories.

TSMC has also struggled with understanding real demand for its products recently. Clients have been prone to ordering more chips than needed, hoping to secure production line space during a time of semiconductor shortage. When demand for the clients’ products fail to coalesce, they cancel those orders.

While Apple may not have been one to cancel orders, TSMC reportedly hoped to increase prices for all of its clients in order to prevent such abandoned orders.

Apple Refuses to Accept TSMC Bid to Increase Chip Prices

Apple and TSMC have been in negotiations over pricing for some time. TSMC produces all of Apple’s custom chips, making up more than 25% of the manufacturer’s total revenue. That fact makes both companies fairly reliant on one another.

In the end, according to the reports, Apple rejected TSMC’s bid to increase chip prices. Since 2020, rumors suggested Apple would soon have to raise prices on its iPhone, iPad and other products because of supply chain issues and the eventual price increases analysts anticipated.

Nevertheless, it sounds like Apple is confident enough in its importance to TSMC’s bottom line that it can refuse to pay more. This comes even as TSMC prepares to begin producing chips on an even more advanced, and costlier, 3-nanometer fabrication process.

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Apple Looking to Ditch Production Increase of iPhone 14 Series Due to Lowering Demand

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 18:06

Reports indicate that Apple is calling off plans to increase production of the latest iPhone series after an anticipated spike in demand failed to come to fruition.

According to Bloomberg, this news arrives from sources familiar with the matter.

Apple Ditching iPhone 14 Production Increase Due to Lowering Demand

Sources stated that Apple has reportedly told suppliers to scale back efforts to increase iPhone 14 production and assembly by as many as 6 million units in the second half of the year. In the weeks leading up to the launch of the iPhone 14, Apple boosted sales projections, though it now appears demand is not as strong as originally thought.

Due to this, Apple is now aiming to produce 90 million handsets for the period. This amount is around the same as numbers for 2021 production, and is more in line with Apple’s original summer forecast.

Right now, one major reason for the impact in Apple’s sales is China’s current economic slump. According to sources, purchases of iPhone 14 models during the first three days of availability are down 11 percent on last year’s iPhone 13 series. China is also one of the few countries, along with the U.S., to not see a price hike on the new series.

Looking at the Numbers

Looking at sales in a more global sense, rising inflation, fears of recession as well as the ongoing war in Ukraine are also having an a global impact on demand for consumer electronics. Figures provided by Bloomberg suggest that the smartphone market will likely shrink by 6.5 percent this year to 1.27 billion units.

While the base model iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus seemingly continue to hit below the average, the iPhone 14 series seems to be doing well. On Sept. 26, reports from the New York Times indicated that demand for the iPhone 14 Pro series has been robust enough to project that the global average selling price (ASP) will rise. According to research from Counterpoint, the ASP may reach a record-high of $892 in the September quarter, and $944 in the December quarter.

As we get closer to the holiday season, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, changes.

Have you made the move to the iPhone 14? Let us know in the comments.

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New iPadOS 16.1 Beta Enables Stage Manager on Older iPad Pros

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 17:45

During WWDC 2022, Apple introduced Stage Manager as a feature exclusive to iPad models with an M1 chip. However, Apple seems to be changing that as the latest beta of iPadOS 16.1 enables it on several older iPad Pros.

Stage Manager Works on Older iPad Pros

Engadget reported that Apple has made Stage Manager available older iPad Pro models. Remembered, when Apple first introduced the new iPad multitasking feature, the Cupertino-based tech giant said it will only work on iPad models with the M1 chip. These included the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro released in May 2021 and the M1 iPad Air released in 2022.

Now, however, this has changed. The latest developer beta of iPadOS 16.1 allows Stage Manager to work on older iPad Pros. According to Engadget, Stage Manager now works on the first generation and later models of the 11-inch iPad Pro. It will also work on the third generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro as well as on 2018 and 2020 iPad models using the A12X and A12Z chips.

It Won’t Work on External Display, However

There is a limitation though, and that is that Stage Manager will only work on the built-in display of older iPad Pro models. This means it won’t work on an external display connected to the iPad.

Additionally, Apple said that it will temporarily remove external display support for Stage Manager on iPadOS 16 beta 5. However, this will be reinstated via a software update later this year. Incidentally, Apple received various criticisms from iPad owners who experienced issues with Stage Manager on an external display. So, Apple probably needs more time to re-work the feature and solve that issue.

Apple issued a statement to Engadget explaining how it worked hard to bring Stage Manager to older iPads, minus support for the external display.

We introduced Stage Manager as a whole new way to multitask with overlapping, resizable windows on both the iPad display and a separate external display, with the ability to run up to eight live apps on screen at once. Delivering this multi-display support is only possible with the full power of M1-based iPads. Customers with iPad Pro 3rd and 4th generation have expressed strong interest in being able to experience Stage Manager on their iPads. In response, our teams have worked hard to find a way to deliver a single-screen version for these systems, with support for up to four live apps on the iPad screen at once.

External display support for Stage Manager on M1 iPads will be available in a software update later this year.

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Apple Shares How the iPad Pro Helps Archaeologists Preserve the Ancient History of Pompeii

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 16:56

Apple published a new narrative detailing how its iPad Pro helps archaeologists with their work in preserving the ancient history of Pompeii. Aside from the usual archaeological tools such as trowels, buckets, brushes, and pickaxes, a new tool proves to be very useful — the iPad Pro.

iPad Pro Helps Archaeologists

In a press release, Apple shared the experiences of a team of archaeologists working at Pompeii. Dr. Allison Emmerson led a five-week dig called the Tuane University Pompeii I.14 Project. The team excavated a commercial building believed to be a restaurant dating to the second or third century B.C.E. (before the Common Era, also known as B.C.). Aside from the usual tools, the group used iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in their work.

While it may seem an ordinary excavation work to unearth ancient materials, the team had two technological goals. One was to implement a completely paperless workflow using a single device, which, you guess correctly, was the iPad Pro. The other goal was to create an online database that would allow others to virtually “re-excavate” the site. Aside from the iPad Pro, the group also used the Apple Pencil, selected Esri’s suite of tools, and the Concepts apps developed by TopHatch.

Archaeologists Are Apprehensive Using New Tools

At first, some of the members of the team were apprehensive about the idea of doing their work with the use of just the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Dr. Jordan Rogers, who teaches at Carleton College, said that initially, he was apprehensive because he never used an iPad before.

But the learning curve was so quick, and it’s incredible how much more effective and efficient it’s made the process of data capture, especially with Apple Pencil. I also feel a lot better not having to worry I’m going to lose a sheet of paper — and there used to be so many sheets of paper.

Among the many features of the iPad Pro that proved to be useful for the archaeological work on the ancient city of Pompeii include, enhanced processing speed and battery life, the LiDAR Scanner, and the versatility of the Apple Pencil. Dr. Emmerson summed up the experienced the team had using the iPad Pro in their work.

I understood the site better than I ever have at the end of an excavation — this is the cleanest and clearest archaeology I have ever done, and iPad Pro is such a huge part of that. That’s one of the reasons why this technology is so vital — it lets us show exactly what we did and exactly what we found — because it’s incredibly important to me to live up to the responsibility of excavating a site like this and telling the stories of the people who lived here.

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