Taking a look at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes iPhone 15 Pro spec leak, Apple confirms future of USB-C, MacOS 13 launch, amazing 16-inch iPad Pro inches, Apple Music prices increase and Apple reveals impressive fourth quarter numbers.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have taken place around Apple in the last seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news roundup here on Forbes).
iPhone 15 Pro specs are poised to get better
With the long lead time in consumer electronics production, it should come as no surprise that details about the next iPhone are out. It should also not be too surprising that the specifications increase. And it’s also no surprise that the tight 6GB limits of the iPhone 14 Pro expand to 8GB:
“TrendForce predicts that the 15 Pro models will be equipped with an increased 8GB of RAM to complement the A17 chip, compared to 6GB on the iPhone 14 Pro models. The standard models will likely still have 6GB of RAM” .
The future USB-C of the iPhone
This may not be the only big change coming to the iPhone 15. Under EU law, Apple will be forced to ship at least one version of the iPhone 15 with USB-C instead of the Lightning port. so they can be sold. in Europe… although that might not force a change in the entire portfolio:
“…Greg Joswiak, vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, confirmed that Apple will follow the new European Union law requiring the use of USB-C in all smartphones sold in its member countries starting in the fall of 2024. But that might not be the end of the lighting port on iPhones.”
Here comes MacOS 13 from Apple
We may not get a new MacBook Pro (yet), but MacBook owners will get an update with the release of the next version of macOS, ready to install worldwide, after the usual testing period after WWDC. What is worth noting is not the leaps forward but the steps taken to homogenize the Apple ecosystem:
“Overwhelmingly, the new features for macOS simply help it keep up with what’s happening on iPhone and iPad. That feels doubly true in Ventura, where a core system app has been rewritten from the ground up to reflect its macOS counterpart. iOS, where a new window management feature is being implemented in the same way on the iPad, and where new apps and updates to old ones are increasingly just iPad apps running inside macOS windows. “.
Go big and go iPad
Will Apple increase the size of the iPad Pro range and deliver a 16-inch tablet by the end of next year? There are certainly signs that such a device is being planned. As with any device, there are many iterations, and not all of them make it to market, but if Apple wants its next computer to be not a computer but an iPad, having a very large screen would be nice (albeit expensive). option:
“Samsung dazzled the industry earlier this year by announcing the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, a 14.6-inch tablet. It would have been the ideal laptop replacement if it didn’t have One UI, an operating system designed for smartphones.” Apple wants one – update Samsung and introduce an even bigger iPad next year According to a report by The Information, a 16-inch iPad will launch sometime in the fourth quarter of 2023. The tablet could be introduced alongside the rumored iPad. 14-inch Pro mentioned in previous leaks.”
Apple subscription prices rise
Apple has announced a price increase for Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple One users, citing licensing fees that must be paid to rights holders. Still, you have all your playlists, mood charts, and favorite artists locked away in Apple Music. You’re not going to leave your curated lists behind for a small price increase, are you?
Apple cited the recent increase in license fees. Apple Music and its competitors will have to pay 15.35 percent of music revenue to songwriters and publishing rights holders starting next year, a 0.25 percent increase over the current rate and almost 5 percent more than before But at $10.99, Apple’s service is now more expensive than Amazon Music, which costs $8.99 per month, and Spotify, which has been stuck at $9.99 per month for over a decade.”
Apple’s fourth quarter earnings report is here. It shows an eight percent increase in revenue year over year to $90 billion, with net income up 1 percent to $20.7 billion. Unlike other Silicon Valley results, Apple is holding its ship steady:
“Apple is not being hurt as much as we were originally worried about in terms of consumer demand,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Co., which counts Apple among its largest holdings. “You could argue that consumer demand is healthy based on these growth rates.”
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