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Apple loop: iPhone 15 design shock, sneaky iPhone USB trick, Apple’s huge privacy problem

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Looking at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop features new iPhone 15 design leaks, Apple’s sneaky USB trick, iPhone hit by Foxconn protests, iPad Pro vs. iPad Air, Apple’s latest privacy issue, including the competition authority . Watch Apple and would Tim Cook buy Manchester United?

Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many rumors surrounding Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly rundown of Android news on Forbes here).

iPhone 15 reveals echoes of leak C

Do you like the design of the iPhone 5C? If so, then the iPhone 15 is about to reminisce about simpler times in Apple’s smartphone portfolio. New information about the possible design suggests that the square shape will have some familiar rounded corners:

“The iPhone 5C was one of Apple’s most comfortable iPhones to hold, but I didn’t like the design because the case was plastic. However, that mistake will not be repeated,” said ShrimpApplePro, adding that the chassis of the iPhone 15 models will be plastic. of titanium.”

(Forbes).

Apple’s sneaky USB trick for the new iPhone

Apple will remove the Lightning port from the iPhone 15 family, following the European Parliament’s decision to mandate the use of USB-C charging on small electronic devices. Whether this will be just for the EU model or a global change remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the latest leaks about the upcoming handset suggest that Apple is making a sneaky decision to put more distance between the regular and Pro handsets:

,[[Analyst Ming-Chi] Kuo says the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds (the same as lightning), but the high-end iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max (possibly ‘Ultra’) will support “at least USB 3.2 or Lightning Strike 3.” ,

(Forbes).

Apple faces opposition from Foxconn

Ongoing protests at Foxconn factories in China following strict CoVID-19 restrictions imposed on them by the Chinese government:

“Rare scenes of open dissent in China mark an escalation of mass unrest at the factory in Zhengzhou city, which has become a symbol of hazardous manufacturing coupled with the country’s overly strict COVID regulations and inability to deal with the situation to deal with. largest contract manufacturer.”

The resulting actions will have a material effect on the output, which is heavily focused on the iPhone. In practice, these are some of the iPhones the retail chain will see in the crucial run-up to the holiday season:

“iPhone production at the factory could drop 30% in November and Foxconn is aiming to resume full production there by the second half of the month. Apple warned it expected fewer shipments of premium iPhone 14 models.” is… Foxconn accounts for 70% of iPhone shipments worldwide. It makes most of its phones at its Zhengzhou factory, though it has other smaller production sites in India and southern China.

(Reuters).

iPad Pro vs iPad Air Comparison

If you are looking for the best performance in your iPad, the choice is clear: go for the iPad Pro powered by the Apple Silicon M2 chipset. But if you’re looking for a more practical tablet, there’s a better option than the iPad Air. The 9to5Mac team is ready to help:

“If you know you’ll be using your tablet a lot, the iPad Pro delivers a top-performing package with 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, a 120Hz ProMotion display, Thunderbolt support, and the ability to capture ProRes 4K video . All powered by the new M2 chip… Considering all the similarities, the iPad Air is probably the best choice for most people. It costs about $200 less than the iPad Pro while containing most of the premium iPad Pro features.

(9to5Mac).

Apple’s latest privacy concerns

Apple had the ability to track users going through the App Store Published this week by Musk Inc.Sure, Apple needs to track App Store purchases, but the latest privacy concerns go deep into how the App Store works, as well as how Apple has tracking that can identify you. cannot be closed. When you make a big marketing game about privacy, issues like these show the tricky line between legal agreements and public messages:

“Of course, users assume that disabling Device Analytics when setting up their phone will stop this kind of data collection. And who can blame them; Apple praises its privacy all the time.” is, and disabling that option should deny Apple “data about how you use your devices and apps.” They can do all sorts of tracking outside the US; so almost all of Apple’s apps have their own privacy agreements (which you agree to by using them).

(the ledge).

Apple and Google are conducting an investigation in the UK

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into Google and Apple’s practices regarding mobile software in general and web browser engines in particular:

“Ultimately, these restrictions limit choice and can make it more difficult to get innovative new apps into the hands of UK consumers. At the same time, Apple and Google have argued that the restrictions are necessary to protect users. The CMA’s market research will take these concerns into account and consider whether new regulation is needed to achieve better results.”

(Forbes).

And finally…

Now that the famous football club Manchester United is up for sale, Apple is considering a bid for the company. It’s not as strange as it sounds – witness Apple’s recent forays into sports broadcasting on the Apple TV… witness the $2.5 billion spent acquiring the rights to stream Major League Soccer. Buying a football club with its own TV channel, rich history and dedicated fan base? Why not. Why not really:

“Tech giant Apple is interested in buying Manchester United for a whopping £5.8 billion. United’s owners, the Glazers, have decided to sell the club after meeting demands from fans who wanted them out. The highest bidder of the American Billionaires Club – and the owners of Apple have expressed interest in discussing a possible deal.”

(Daily Star).

The Apple Loop brings you seven days of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any future news. Last week’s Apple Loop can be read here, or this week’s edition of The Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.

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