Looking back on another week of Cupertino news and headlines, this week’s Apple Loop features a surprising new iPhone, iPhone 14 Plus production issues, iPhone 14 Pro SIM card issues, brand new iPads, iPad Pros, and Apple TVs, the missing Launch of MacBook Pro, macOS and iPadOS updates, iPad Mini price hikes, and the return of Russian social media to the App Store.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions surrounding Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news right here on Forbes).
iPhone SE 4 suddenly appears
The iPhone 15 may not be the only new iPhone to launch in 2023. The iPhone SE, which appeared to have undergone a two-year update cycle, is being primed not only for an early Q2 release, but also for a makeover that will see it move towards the current iPhone design ethos with a full frontal display:
“…we can expect the iPhone SE 4 to have a 6.1-inch screen WITH a notch and will be available in three colors: Midnight, Starlight and Product RED. If you have eyes, you may also have noticed that the new iPhone SE looks uncannily similar to the iPhone XR…yeah, that’s the point. Apple tends to use the previous generation iPhone design for their SE refreshes and that’s exactly the case here.”
iPhone 14 Plus production halted
Apple dropped the idea of an iPhone 14 Mini, instead it went the other way and returned to the iPhone Plus design of a model with a larger screen. It looks good on paper, but sales aren’t there… so much so that production is reportedly shutting down and more attention is being paid to the ‘only slightly more expensive’ iPhone 14 Pro:
“Possible factors at play here include the rising cost of everyday living due to inflation and a weaker-than-average global economy for a number of factors. Apple has also positioned the iPhone 14 Plus at a logical but heavy price point; iPhone 14 costs $799 and has a fairly large screen, iPhone 14 Plus for $899 has an even larger screen, but no other differences.That compares to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, priced at $999 and $999 respectively. $1099, those more advanced camera systems and a redesigned sensor layout.”
New iPhone 14 owners have huge SIM card problems
Users of the new iPhone 14 family of handsets are reporting problems around their SIM cards, suddenly being reported as ‘Not Supported’; although hard resets will fix the problem, it is not recommended. A possible cause of this could be the move to support eSIM-only iPhones, but so far we only know that Apple is aware of the problem, but there is no indication of a timeline for the fix:
“In a memo sent to authorized retailers, first seen by MacRumors and then seen and verified through an Apple partner, Apple acknowledged a commonly reported bug with SIM cards. Affected iPhone 14 models display an error message ‘SIM not available’ supported’ again, the phones will freeze, rendering them unusable until hard reset.”
New iPads for many
The big news from Apple this week was a deluge of press releases announcing new hardware, especially the new tablets. First up is the iPad Pro, and Apple’s drive to equate the professional tablet with a laptop… after all, it has the same M2 chipset as the new MacBook Air!
The iPad Pro also got an overhaul today as both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models were bumped to the new M2 processor, which includes hardware-accelerated ProRes encoding and decoding. Plus, they’re adding support for the faster Wi-Fi 6E protocol and Bluetooth 5.3, as well as a new “Apple Pencil hover” mode that can detect the Pencil’s height up to 12mm above the screen, and allow the iPad to respond accordingly.”
An update for the regular iPad has also been launched. As with other iPads, the model used USB-C for connectivity (rather than Apple’s own lightning port) and bumped the camera up to 4K resolution along with the screen resolution. In terms of processor, however, it lags behind the iPhone Pro’s A16 chipset, rolling instead with the 20202 A14. Good enough, but don’t expect miracles:
“The iPad (10th generation) comes in at 10.9 inches and has the largest screen Apple has ever put on a standard iPad. It’s the first time in three generations that Apple has upgraded the screen size – the 7th, 8th and 9th generation each came in at 10.2″. This is also the first standard iPad with a Liquid Retina display instead of a regular Retina display. This means higher resolutions and it will be nearly impossible to see the separation between the pixels on your screen. screen.”
Apple TV has a new resolution
Also in the mix is a new edition of Apple TV. It goes up to offer 4K and provides access to Apple’s gated products, including Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple TV, and wider offerings such as Apple Music and various third-party online services:
The new Apple TV 4K is available in two configurations: the Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi, which offers 64 GB of storage and retails for $129, plus the Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi + Ethernet, which offers 128 GB of storage. offers and sells for $149. You can order both now on Apple’s site with availability starting Friday, Nov. 4.
One of our MacBooks is missing
A more interesting question after Apple’s “launch by press release” day is what hasn’t been released. The expected update to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops was not seen. They’re probably being shunted elsewhere to give the iPad Pro, powered by the desktop class M2, time in the limelight. But where is the story of these powerful macOS machines?
“It’s Apple’s story to tell, and no doubt the geeks will see the press releases when they pop up in the Apple Newsroom. Still, I can’t help but feel that delivering “the best high-performance laptop in a way that only Apple can “is a story to be told far and wide that complements the Mac Pro’s end rather than hides it so that the Mac Pro can provide a quiet and niche opening.”
New macOS and iPadOS versions are coming
The new builds of the operating systems are expected on October 24. Given that the MacBook Pro looks like nothing, maybe the hardware for the new software will arrive at the same time?
“The iPadOS 16 update works on all iPad Pros, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 5th generation and later, and iPad Air 3rd generation and later, extending support for the venerable iPad Air 2 and a handful of others. models (it also ships on all new iPads Apple announced today.) The macOS Ventura update generally requires a Mac released in 2017 or later, extending support for several models released between 2013 and 2016, is discontinued.
iPad Mini price skyrockets
The US base may not notice, but Apple has increased iPad Mini prices around the world – to look at the UK, the 64GB model goes from £479 to £569, an increase of almost twenty percent. What is happening? Officially we don’t know:
“Apple gave no reason for the price increases outside the US, but they can be linked to the strong dollar coupled with rising inflation and higher costs, although the price of most of the other latest-generation devices in Apple’s hardware product line has remained constant.”
Earlier, Apple had removed social networking apps from some major Russian networks. The equivalents of Gmail and Facebook disappeared three weeks ago, with nods to UK sanctions as the reason. Now, with little explanation, the apps are back.
“It was not immediately clear why Apple reinstated the apps, as VKontake and Mail.ru’s ownership has not changed since the apps were removed, and the leadership of Gazprombank and Sberbank continues to be sanctioned by the UK government. However, it is possible that Apple’s decision was related to the use of both services by activists.”
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