Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Apple Loop: New IPhone Leaks, Apple's Missing MacOS Ports, MacBook Pro Booting Problems

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest iPhone 12 leaks, weak iPhone 11 sales, secrets of the smart battery case, the iPad steals a MacBook Pro superpower, Apple’s missing ports, the latest MacBook Pro boot problems, a demand for AirPods, and why Apple still dominates podcasting.
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Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
Key iPhone 12 Details Leak
It may be nine months away, but there’s a lot of anticipation building up around next year’s iPhone, with more leaks on the specs and features this week trying to keep everyone engaged with the idea of Apple as a trend-setter. David Nield reports:
The iPhone 12 is still a long way off, but we're already hearing details of what to expect – including predictions on the amount of RAM installed in Apple's 2020 iPhones, and some of the extra sensors on board.
According to analysts Barclays, as reported by MacRumors, the two Pro versions of the iPhone 12 are going to come with 6GB of RAM on board. That’s up from the 4GB packed inside the current models. What's more, based on conversations with supply chain manufacturers, Barclays says rear-facing 3D sensors and 5G technology are likely to be on board as well.
More at TechRadar.
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on-stage during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in... [+] Cupertino, California on September 10, 2019 (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images)
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Weak iPhone 11 Sales Put Pressure On The iPhone 12
Why is the iPhone 12 so important? With Gartner indicating that sales of the iPhone 11 family are not meeting expectations, Tim Cook and his team are looking at the 2020 handset to start a super-cycle of updates thanks to 5G, AR, and the new design. But is that enough to lift sales back to the 100 million plus figure? I argued earlier this was a bit of stretch earlier this week:
Will these increase the sales of the iPhone 12 family? A small tweak to the design will be welcome, but with a dominant screen and thin design there’s not a huge amount of choice to stand out. Neither will the lure of AR be a significant driver of sales. Which leaves 5G as the driver.
Will there be enough demand for 5G on an iPhone that will mean those eager will hold back an Android purchase? Definitely. Will it be enough to raise annual sales by twenty-five percent? I suspect not.
More on the iPhone sales here on Forbes.
Sometimes A Button On A Battery Is Just A Button On A Battery
If you remember the craze for selfie sticks with shutter buttons on the handle, then Apple’s ‘surprise’ of having a shutter button on its smart battery case is common sense. But how over-engineered is Apple’s solution? Kevin Purdy has a look inside the case, with the help of some X-Rays:
There are no buttons on the iPhone 11 that match up with the camera on the case. Our first guess was some kind of wireless transmission to the phone, but then we saw our patient’s X-rays. It turns out there’s a little circuit board inside the case, which has a thin, flexible circuit running out to connect to the photo button. That circuit board connects the camera button to the phone through the Lightning port “chin” at the bottom of the case. Not totally unexpected, but interesting to see how much hardware design goes into adding just one thing to a battery case.
More at iFixit.
The iPad, The MacBook, and The Touch Bar
How do you improve the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard Cover? Apple looks to be preparing a raid on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar to bring it to the Qwerty peripheral, according to recently published patent documents. It’s a good idea to make the cover look shiny, but will it have a practical impact?
Assuming this arrives in retail stores - not all patents make it to products - then it would be another data point on Apple’s quest to move more ‘light computing’ tasks away from the relatively open MacOS to the more closed garden of MacOS.
But the Touch Bar on iPadOS will have the same issues as the Touch Bar on MacOS. No developer can count on 100 percent of the targeted devices will have the Touch Bar available. Any functionality in the secondary display will need to be replicated or not required on the main display.
More here on Forbes.
12 November 2019, US, New York: The new MacBook Pro, recorded at an Apple presentation in New York,... [+] features a redesigned keyboard, a sophisticated sound system, and a 16-inch display (Photo by Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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But Where Are The Ports
Jay Sunny has spotted something curious about Apple’s promotion of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. The usual icus on the I/O ports and the potential for expansion is very much muted. In previous year the glamour shots made a point of highlighting your options. This year, with the limitation to 4 USB-C ports and a headphone jack, the opposite seems to be the case. Is Tim Cook… embarrassed?
The reality of dongles on the MacBook Pro is just as real now, only a few weeks away from 2020, as it was in 2016.
Apple obviously sees the benefit in additional ports enough to include a wide variety of ports in every single one of their desktop Macs, which makes the mobile lineup USB-C lock in seem like a space saving choice rather than a purely ideological one. It is exactly those type of space saving “form over function” type choices that Apple seems to be rethinking the last few year
More from Sunny on this at Medium.Com.
MacBook Pro Booting Problems Are Fixed
Apple has pushed out a patch for the latest MacBook Pro to fix an issue with the boot loader. While most users will stick with MacOS, many look to install Windows or Linux on another partition of the internal disk. Those installations  failed because of a lack of drivers for the new model… but this has now been addressed. Filipe Esposito reports:
Boot Camp Assistant warned that drivers were not available for this particular Mac model. With Boot Camp, users can install Windows on another partition of Mac internal storage to switch between macOS and the Microsoft’s operating system.
The correct drivers are required for the CPU, GPU, USB connections, and other computer components to be recognized by the system.
More at 9to5Mac.
We Need More AirPods!
Apple is calling on Chinese support to increase the number of AirPods in the retail supply chain. Consumer demand for the wireless accessories has demanded a doubling of the monthly run, as Lauly Li and Chen Ting-Fang report:
In a threat to its usual suppliers, Apple has asked little-known Luxshare-ICT to double production of AirPods Pro earphones at its Chinese facilities to 2 million units a month, sources said. Apple has also asked Luxshare and fellow Chinese company GoerTek to boost production at their Vietnam-based factories of the lower-cost AirPods, the world's best-selling wireless earbuds.
…”Apple has increased monthly orders for the latest AirPods Pro from 1 million units to at least 2 million units thanks to healthy demand," said one of the people familiar with the situation. The Pro version wireless earbuds are produced at two Luxshare factories in mainland China, sources added.
This will come as good news for Apple Services are a long way from replacing the income from the iPhone, and the AirPods will do wonders for the ARPU of a new or an existing iPhone user. More at Nikkei Asian Review.
And Finally….
Apple still retains the majority of podcast downloads with just under 6 out of 10 episodes downloaded through the Apple Podcasts ecosystem, according to Libsyn. James Cridland reports:
In the latest episode of The Feed, Libsyn report which mobile apps downloaded podcasts from them in October. Apple Podcasts is the highest, at 58%. Of note: only around 40% of Libsyn shows are published on Spotify (so the app will be under-represented in these figures). Libsyn won’t publish any numbers next month, because of work they’re doing on Spotify passthrough.
More at PodNews.
Apple Loop brings you seven days worth of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future. Last week’s Apple Loop can be read here, or this week’s edition of Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.

Last Chance: Get The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle Ft. Parallels Desktop For $60

The latest MacBook Pro has a variety of updated features, like a stunning 16-inch screen and a new keyboard, but where its magic truly lies is in macOS. To get the most out of the Apple experience, you’ll need a set of apps that strike the perfect balance between productivity and creativity, and this limited edition app bundle has everything you’ll need to get started for $59.99.
The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle features 13 apps to suit your creative and productive pursuits, whether it’s photo editing or file sharing. Here’s a quick look at a couple of our favorites.
The top featured app in this bundle is Parallels Desktop 15, which allows you to run the latest version of Windows 10 on your Mac without even having to reboot. You’ll be able to run Windows programs such as Microsoft Access and a variety of CAD programs seamlessly. And did we mention that you can use your Mac’s graphical prowess to run high-end, Windows-exclusive games?
Another one of our favorites is Aurora HDR 2019, an easy-to-use photo editing app that lets you combine TIFF, JPEG, or PNG images at different exposures to create stunning HDR photos. You can even take your results a step further by adding creative filters to give your photos a unique look.
Macs are computing and graphical powerhouses, but they need the right apps to get the most out of your experience. The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle is on sale today for just $59.99.
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“Charmed” Season 2: “The Rules Of Engagement” Has Deadly “Fine Print” For Maggie, Parker [PREVIEW]

Fans of the old Charmed series who never felt “right” giving The CW‘s take a fair shake should’ve been thrilled with the finale to the show’s first season. Without going into heavy “spoiler territory,” let’s just say they won’t have to worry about Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), and Harry (Rupert Evans) treading on any of the previous series’ “sacred ground.”
Even better? Fans of the current series can continue enjoying the series without the constant comparisons – and for the show’s creators, the sandbox of creative possibilities now knows no bounds.
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And it looks like those creative possibilities are getting blown wide open heading into this week’s midseason finale “The Rules of Engagement” – and considering how last episode ended? We’re pretty sure you know where this is heading.
But what could go wrong with Maggie and Parker (Nick Hargrove) getting married, and then heading off for a couple’s “corporate restructuring” of the underworld? I mean, it’s not like Abigael (Poppy Drayton) and Godric (Nathan Witte) are scheming behind Parker’s back or anything…
Let’s just say that’s only the beginning of Mel, Macy, and Harry’s concerns – and don’t get us started on them!
“Charmed” season 2, episode 8 “The Rules of Engagement”: MID-SEASON FINALE – Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) makes a life-changing decision that her sisters and Harry (Rupert Evans) fear will destroy her. Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, Jordan Donica and Poppy Drayton also star. Kelli Williams directed the episode written by Zoe Marshall. charmed reboot
The reboot of the iconic series “Charmed” is back for its second season and the Charmed Ones are thrust into a New World Order unlike anything they’ve ever imagined. After the tragic loss of their mother in season one, the three sisters came together to discover they are formidable witches, and under the guidance of their White Lighter Harry, the Power of Three successfully stopped the impending apocalypse. But saving the world is a tall order, especially when you’re not even sure what your place is in that world and now the whole magical community is looking to you.

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Charmed — “The Rules of Engagement” — Image Number: CMD208b_0006b.Jpg — Pictured (L-R): Madeleine Mantock as Macy, Melonie Diaz as Melanie, Sarah Jeffery as Maggie, and Rupert Evans as Harry — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
With the extinction of The Elders, The Charmed Ones are faced with new roles and responsibilities as they find themselves at the forefront of a war between witches and demons looking to take power. Operating within unfamiliar surroundings and working with a newly discovered book of ancient spells, the sisters and Harry must embark on dangerous adventures around the world, testing their powers and their bond.


Charmed — “The Rules of Engagement” — Image Number: CMD208b_0276b.Jpg — Pictured (L-R): Rupert Evans as Harry and Melonie Diaz as Melanie — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Expanding the mythology in exciting and unexpected ways, season two blazes a new path for the series with new, emotionally resonant episodes filled with high stakes, dark forces, romantic encounters and a season-long mystery that will keep audiences guessing. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.Charmed — “The Rules of Engagement” — Image Number: CMD208b_0033b.Jpg — Pictured (L-R): Madeleine Mantock as Macy, Melonie Diaz as Melanie, Sarah Jeffery as Maggie, and Rupert Evans as Harry — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. charmed reboot
The CW’s Charmed stars Melonie Diaz as Melanie Vera, Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Vera, Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn, Ser’Darius Blain as Galvin Burdette, Ellen Tamaki as Niko Hamada, Nick Hargrove as Parker, and Rupert Evans as Harry Greenwood.The CW
CBS Television Studios produces in association with Propagate Content, with executive producers Liz Kruger (Salvation), Craig Shapiro (Salvation), Jeffrey Lieber (NCIS: New Orleans), Jessica O’Toole (Jane The Virgin), Amy Rardin (Jane The Virgin), Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin), Ben Silverman (The Office), Brad Silberling (Jane The Virgin), and Howard Owens (You vs. Wild).
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