iPhone 16 Pro details leak, hidden iPad hardware, Android's latest win over Apple

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Updated on June 8 with details on Siri's improved AI capabilities.

A look back at this week's Apple news and headlines, including the latest iPhone 16 Pro leak, iPad Pro privacy hardware, Apple's delayed AI rollout, hardware shortages at WWDC, Apple's hidden hardware, Android, defeats Apple's security promise, and the “I'm a Mac” guy is back.

The Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the many discussions surrounding Apple over the past seven days. You can also read my weekly digest of Android news on Forbes here.

The hidden feature of the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has a new feature designed around user privacy. Apple devices, like many in the industry, indicate whether the microphone or camera is active. With little fanfare, Apple has designated this as a hardware-driven feature rather than software, as Guilherme Rambo explains:

Fun fact about the M4 iPad Pro: It's the first device to support and use Apple's new Secure Indicator Light (SIL) mechanism. When using a microphone or camera, the corresponding indicator dot is effectively rendered in hardware (using the display), making it much less likely that any malware or user-space app will get the user's knowledge. will be able to access these sensors without

(Mastodon, via Forbes).

iPhone 16 Pro Display Size Leaked

Apple is set to increase the size of the iPhone 16 Pro's supposed screen. The latest leaks about the design of the iOS-powered smartphone suggest that the bezels around the screen are set to shrink. This is something that Apple has been hoping to achieve for some time:

“[Border Reduction Structure technology] The last rumor was because it was said that Apple found that the technology was causing problems in terms of production. That's because… BRS affects construction: “Achieving this requires bending the wiring and circuitry downward near the edge of the panel. This reportedly caused some manufacturing challenges during the production ramp.” has caused

(Forbes).

Apple's Limited AI Rollout

The rush on AI from Google and its Android partners has forced Apple to make AI's role in iOS more visible than its current use in Siri, typing and image processing. These changes will be previewed at WWDC next week, but the high demands placed on iPhone features don't mean every handset will reap the benefits. While iOS 18 is expected to run on devices going all the way back to the iPhone XR, you'll likely need an iPhone 15 Pro to run the AI.

“While it's not entirely clear which hardware factor is the key requirement for Apple's on-device AI, it's worth noting that (unsupported) standard iPhone 15 models have 6GB of RAM, While the supported Pro models have 8GB of RAM, all Apple Silicon iPads and Macs come with their own device limits.”

(MacRumors).

There is no new hardware at WWDC.

It may have happened in previous years, but Apple isn't expected to launch any new hardware at WWDC next week. While some product lines need a mid-cycle refresh (notably the lack of M4-powered Macs), Tim Cook and his team are likely going to focus on the future of AI as opposed to the future of retail shelves. :

“There's no hardware to be announced at WWDC, unless Apple unexpectedly previews a new device launching later (to be clear: I don't expect it),” Grumman said. said in its Power On newsletter today. A new Apple TV model is “not easy,” despite earlier reports that Apple plans to release a new Apple TV in the first half of 2024. The current Apple TV was introduced in October 2022.

(Bloomberg via MacRumors)

Siri's improved AI

Updated June 8.: One of the focus points for AI will be in Siri, Apple's longtime digital assistant. Apple Insider's Marko Zivkovic details that Siri will gain AI support throughout iOS. The basic proposition is that Siri will handle more natural language requests as opposed to formal and rigidly defined commands:

Instead of containing direct commands like “Show me pictures of my cat,” the company's testing prompts mention that the user wants to blog, or that they're lazy/nostalgic at some point. are In doing so, Apple wants To accustom its AI to natural language, speech patterns, sentence structures, and types of instructions Siri could potentially receive from end users — some of whom may not be all that familiar with the new technology. “

(Apple Insider).

The hidden hardware in your new iPad and Mac

Apple has added support for the IEEE 802.15.4 transmitter function, essentially, the radio channels used by the royalty-free meter standard for smart home communications. Apple hasn't mentioned its support, but the hardware is there, ready to turn on when the time (and possibly the software) is right:

“While the company doesn't list the thread on the specs of any of these products, FCC reports indicate that many of Apple's latest devices have been tested for compliance with threaded radios. In general, you can't find any such radio. Don't examine what isn't there.”

(The Edge).

The iPhone loses out to Android in its promise of security.

Unlike Android manufacturers, who specify how many years of software updates and security patches a new phone will receive, Apple has been a little more careful about its support window. Following the introduction of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act in the United Kingdom, manufacturers of Internet-connected devices must submit compliance statements, including software support windows:

“As iPhones are Internet-enabled products, Apple is required to comply with UK PSTI regulation. The company recently published its compliance statement for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, in which it It is revealed that its “defined support period” is “at least five years. First Supply Date.” The “First Supply Date” is listed as September 22, 2023, when the iPhone 15 series went on sale.”

(Android Authority).

And finally…

The actor in Apple's “I'm a Mac” classic American campaign was hired by Qualcomm to promote its new Snapdragon X Elite chipset, drawing a straight line from Apple's past innovation to current innovation in Windows. .

“During Qualcomm's Computex 2024 keynote today, Long appeared in a short 30-second skit where he was bombarded with macOS notifications and nag screens that led him to look for a Snapdragon-powered PC instead. Started… “Things change,” jokes Long to camera, pop-up notifications in macOS After searching for Windows on an Arm PC, pop-ups include app compatibility, less disk space, battery and more.”

(The Edge).

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