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Apple Loop: New iPhone 13 Features, MacBook Pro Release Details, Latest iPhone Security Warnings – Forbes

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Updated September 13 with new details on iPhone 13 storage options; Article originally posted September 10.

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes September launch event, Apple confirming iPhone line-up, new iPhone 13 features leak, MacBook Pro release dates, scary lightning cable hack, AirPods 3 details, impact of App Store changes, and how the Nintendo Switch might look a bit like an iPhone.

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).

iPhone 13’s Missing Option (Updated Sept 13)

With less than a week to go, the final details of the iPhone 13 family are clicking into place, including the SKU details of the four handset flavors thanks to a leak from an online retailer. Curiously though, the longed for 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max is not present; the assumption being that the worldwide chip shortage may have made this too much of a stretch on Apple’s inventory.

“According to the listings on a Ukrainian website, the iPhone 13 mini will come in six colour options – Black, Blue, Purple, Pink, White, and PRODUCT (Red). The mini will be available in 64GB and 128GB storage versions.

“The iPhone 13 will come in the same six colour options like the mini, while storage options are 128GB and 256GB. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in Black, Silver, Gold, and Bronze colour options, according to the website. While the Pro model will be offered in 128GB and 256GB storage versions, the Pro Max will come in 256GB and 512GB storage variants.”

(91mobiles).

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, writing in the day before the iPhone 13 family is launched, has confirmed that the 64 GB storage options that were available with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will be depreciated; all of the iPhone 13 models will now start at 128 GB of storage. Not only is the lower tier going to start further up the storage charts, but Kuo believes that we will see the 1 TB option for those looking at the top-of-the-line iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Joe Rossignol reports:

“In a research note with investment firm TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the iPhone 13 lineup will start with 128GB of storage, with no 64GB option for any models. Kuo added that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available with up to 1TB of storage, which would be the largest capacity ever offered for an iPhone.”

What we could be looking at here is Apple’s decision on how to allocate supplies during the global chip shortage. Offering an iPhone 1TB of storage makes a strong statement around the platform, but there’s no requirement to offer the same SKUs around the world. Ukrainian iPhones may well be limited to 512 GB, while US consumers may have the 1TB option.

The ‘Surprise’ September Event Is Announced

Apple has announced the expected event for mid-September. Titled ‘ California Streaming’, it is set to take place on Tuesday 14th September. The usual Kremlinology is taking place on the short promotional clip, with the font on the date,, the floating Apple icon, the push through to a presumably virtual world, and the simple fact that it is a regular Apple event all getting discussed:

“Some people love to carefully examine Apple event invites as though each one serves as a crystal ball that can show the future. The one that went out Tuesday might have been crafted to suggest that the iPhone 13 will be better at taking pictures of stars. Or maybe it hints that Apple’s virtual-reality headset will be unveiled. On the other hand, it could be nothing more than a pretty picture.”

(Cult of Mac).

Apple Docs Confirm iPhone Line-Up

Pretty much everyone is ready for Apple to announce four iPhones; in fact a bigger surprise would be if Tim Cook left the stage without revealing the new iOS smartphones. In any case, the latest confirmation comes in the regulatory filings for the MagSafe charger with the FCC:

“Apple gave the game away in a new FCC filing for its MagSafe charger. The filing lists four new iPhone models and even goes so far as to describe all iPhone 12 models as “legacy” devices… These are the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Mini (despite relatively low sales of its predecessor) and they are expected to carry the model numbers A2628, A2634, A2640 and A2645 respectively. “

(Forbes).

 MacBook Pro On Course 

The other major launch many are waiting for is the MacBookPro. This is expected to be a separate event, leaving the iPhone room to shine, with late October/early November looking likely for the retail release according to the latest details from the supply chain, specifically around the deliveries of the new miniLED screen:

“…citing “industry sources,” that the suppliers of mini-LED chips and other related parts have expressed confidence their shipments are on track with the MacBook Pro production and launch later this year. Tech fans might have to wait for a few more weeks for the 2021 MacBook Pro announcement. DigiTimes’ sources claimed the new laptops would be announced in October or November.”

(Econotimes).

Lightning Cable Security Warning

A new warning this week to be very careful of any lightning cables you are loaned. From the research by ‘MG’ comes an updated lightning to USB-C cable that will act as a keylogger, sending your Mac’s keypresses over Wifi to a nearby hacker:

“The OMG Cables, as they’re called, work by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot itself that a hacker can connect to from their own device. From here, an interface in an ordinary web browser lets the hacker start recording keystrokes. The malicious implant itself takes up around half the length of the plastic shell, MG said… He said that the Type C cables allow the same sort of attacks to be carried out against smartphones and tablets.”

(Vice).

A New Case For The New AirPods

Noted Apple tipster Max Weinbach has brough us details of the AirPods 3 – which should be launched next week alongside the iPhone 13 family. We can expect to see a number of changes to the case, including wireless charging as standard, and a larger battery for extended listening.

“How much extra battery life that actually translates to isn’t clear, but any improvements in this area would be very welcome. Saying that, we’ll be disappointed if the earbuds themselves aren’t given a longer battery life. Right now, you’ll get five hours of playtime on a single charge, which is pretty low compared to rivals like the Sony WF-1000XM4 and the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus.”

(TechRadar).

App Store Impact

Apple has been making a number of changes to its App Store policies, with the most recent addressing concerns raised in an anti-trust case in Japan. Morgan Stanley has been looking at the impact of the changes and they are not expected to have any serious impact.

“Assuming a worst case scenario in which Apple stopped collecting economics from all of the top 20 reader apps translates to downside risk of 4% of Services revenue, 1% of total company revenue, and about 2% of FY22 EPS forecast (3). In other words, we believe the recent App Store headlines are more attention grabbing than the ultimate financial impact to Apple’s revenue or profitability.”

(via PED30).

And Finally…

Eagle eyed Ninetndo watchers have been looking at the new UI for Nintendo’s Switch gaming console, and wondering how it could be improved… there are a lot of opinions but one that is picking up acclaim in the community is Porcorousseauu’s UI concept, which looks rather familiar:

“…appears to draw at least some inspiration from the UI on Apple’s mobile and tablet operating system, iOS. As you can see there are transparent menus, curved edges, colourful backgrounds and folders, too. There’s even a makeover of the Switch eShop. While this obviously isn’t the first time we’ve seen Switch redesign, it’s certainly a unique take compared to a lot of previous mock-ups.”

(Nintendo Life).

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.

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Singapore operator M1 has announced it will offer the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, iPad (9th generation) and iPad mini on the local market. M1 customers can now pre-order the iPhone 13 lineup, as well as the iPad mini and iPad. The devices will be commercially available starting 24 September.

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Hands-on: Baseus MagSafe Battery Pack & Power Bank [Video] – 9to5Mac

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The Baseus MagSafe Wireless Power Bank is one of the more unique and functional MagSafe battery accessories I’ve come across. There aren’t too many useful MagSafe accessories out there, so this one is definitely cool to see.

10,000mAh Capacity

The Baseus MagSafe battery pack was designed to be a convenient MagSafe charger for your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro. The 10,000mAh capacity it boasts will allow you to fully charge an iPhone 12 up to 2.4 times. This capacity is far larger than Apples’ very own MagSafe battery. Apple’s charger is more so meant to top you off. But the Baseus battery pack will give you a 0-100 charge a few times over.

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Secure Magnetic Connection

If you’ve got an iPhone 12 or later, you’re going to get the secure magnetic connection that MagSafe provides. And I’m very pleased with how strong the magnetic connection is. My iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t necessarily the lightest phone ever. But the Baseus Battery pack can easily hold the weight of the 12 Pro Max.

The LED screen is easily one of the most unique features of this battery pack. This entire gloss black area features a display that can show you the percentage of the battery pack and its state of charge. The convenience of being able to see the battery’s exact percentage is something you simply don’t get with a lot of other chargers.

USB-A & USB-C Ports

The Baseus battery comes with an 18W USB-A port that supports quick charging 3.0. You’ve also got a 20W USB-C port that supports Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick charging 3.0. So you don’t have to worry about waiting an eternity to charge the battery pack.

9to5Mac’s Take

Overall, this is a very handy & functional MagSafe accessory. And if you’ve got an iPhone 12 or any wireless charging phone, this is a great option for the price. We’re teaming up with Baseus to giveaway a purple iPhone 12. So be sure to check out the giveaway page if you’re interested.

What do you think about the Baseus MagSafe battery? Sound off in the comments below!

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