Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest stunning iPhone 14 leak, impressive Mac growth, Dropbox’s late but welcome update, missing MacOS Monterey features, controversy around Wordle, and Apple’s most popular product is back in stock.
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).
A Better View Of The World From The iPhone
This year’s iPhone 14 Pro is set to lift the bar on Apple’s camera technology once more. The latest details come from this week’s report from TrendForce and discuss the specs of the iPhone 14 Pro camera. Apple is sent to move to a 48 megapixel main camera, although images are expected to be resampled down to 12 megapixels after processing, with larger images able to be taken as required.
“It’s widely expected that the new camera will take 12-megapixel shots by default with the option to use all 48 megapixels on demand. Pixel binning is also likely to be a feature, something that allows phones to use the camera’s full capabilities but output an image with a lower pixel count — often in low light conditions.
The Mac Growth Continues
Canalys’ latest report on PC sales shows Apple’s Mac platform growth sitting at 28.3 percent year on year, compared to 14.6 percent for the overall PC market. No doubt the launch of the redesigned MacBook Pro in October saw to much of that growth; that the overall market continues to grow is worth noting:
“The two-year compound annual growth rate of 13% from 2019 emphasizes how dramatically the importance of PCs has grown since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notebooks and mobile workstations continued to lead the charge, with shipments of these devices growing 16% in 2021 to reach 275 million units. Desktop and desktop workstation shipments increased 7% in 2021 to reach 66 million units.”
(Canalys via 9to5Mac).
Dropbox Finds Its ARM
Apple’s move to ARM was facilitated by the Rosetta 2 emulation layer, allowing intel-based apps to run on the new ARM-based platforms… although Apple would rather developers move their apps from the old to the new. Dropbox has, finally, published it’s Apple Silicon focused client:
“The service has always worked on Apple’s M1 Macs, but until now it’s had to use Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer. This allowed the macOS app, which was originally designed for old Intel-based Macs, to run on machines with Apple’s new M1 processors. Offering native M1 support should result in Dropbox having better performance and consuming less power when used with Apple Silicon devices. “
Incoming macOS Monterey Beta
No doubt there will be a number of bug-fixes, security updates, and UI tweaks, but the big question will be if this version of macOS will deliver on one of the features promised; specifically that of Universal Control, which will share the screen, keyboard, and mouse of a Mac with another Apple device.
“As of now, there’s one major feature that Apple has yet to add to macOS Monterey — Universal Control. Universal Control is designed to allow a single mouse and trackpad to be used with multiple Macs and iPads, and Apple has said it will be launching this spring.”
There Can Be Only One Wordle
Following the success of Wordle, Josh Wordle – the web developer behind the popular Mastermind-like guessing game – stated that there would not be any mobile apps or monetisation around the product. So all the Wordle apps that sprung up in the App Store? They’re not “official” and Apple has taken action to clamp down:
“They have now disappeared from the App Store, after several publications (including The Verge) called out a flood of copycats so blatant as to be named “Wordle” and that featured the same gameplay and UI, each taking advantage of the fact that developer Josh Wardle didn’t create an Apple app of his own. While we’re still seeing a few clones on the App Store, they don’t use the Wordle name.”
Apple’s most popular product of the holiday season is back in stock! Yes, if you have been waiting patiently to polish your pride and joy, the $20 microfibre cloth is on sale and available once more:
“The Polishing Cloth sold out within a day, and shipping estimates initially pushed into November as Apple fans didn’t want to be the only one without a special Apple Polishing Cloth. Just days later, supplies of the Polishing Cloth were entirely exhausted and it became impossible to get one ahead of the holidays… Polishing Cloths ordered today from the online Apple Store will deliver by the end of the week with free shipping.”
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