Stunning iPhone 15 Specs, Dark Sky Goes Dark, Apple’s Expensive iPhone Repair

This week’s Apple Loop includes leaked iPhone 15 specs, expensive battery replacements, Apple’s reduced inventory orders, support for wireless charging standards, Apple’s nasty Mixed Reality headset, French App Store fines, and Dark Sky is finally dark.

The Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many, many discussions that have taken place around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly Android news digest on Forbes ).

How the iPhone 15 Finds Its Power

One of the key decisions that will allow the iPhone 15 family to offer higher performance and better battery life is revealed thanks to discussions about TSMC’s 3nm chip manufacturing and what that means for key partners. Gordon Kelly of Forbes explains:

“A quote from TSMC Chairman Mark Liu may have just leaked key performance information about Apple’s next-generation A17 chipset for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra. A leading chip partner, Liu spoke about the company’s products, which confirms that it has started mass production of 3-nanometer chips at its Tainan campus in southern Taiwan.”


Apple raises battery replacement cost

Apple plans to raise the cost of replacing the batter on many iPhone models later this quarter. Naturally, those with AppleCare+ have the option to replace the battery when his Battery Health meter drops below his 80%.

“Starting March 1, 2023, Apple said it will increase the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements for all iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 series models, as well as older iPhone models, by $20. Battery replacement for most iPhone models according to the site’s estimate calculator.

(Apple via MacRumors).

Apple cuts orders in the face of multiple factors

Apple is reportedly cutting back on orders from Chinese suppliers, mainly for the Apple Watch, MacBook and AirPods production lines. Supply chain details suggest that the impact of China’s stringent CoVID lockdown restrictions has hampered manufacturing output, with demand for these products slowing in key markets.

“Apple has cut orders from suppliers for almost all of its products, according to Chinese sources, and the news caused AAPL’s share price to fall. Apple’s production has returned to 90% capacity, but the company is down 3.55% on the NASDAQ, according to a new report on Apple’s order cuts.

(Apple Insider).

Apple support added for new Qi standard

As part of the Qi2 standard due to launch later this year, the Wireless Power Consortium has confirmed it will be built on Apple’s MagSafe technology.

“Qi2 has a built-in magnetic power profile, which means that future devices with Qi2 will use the same MagSafe magnetic technology available in MagSafe devices made for iPhone 12 and newer. increase.”

(Mac Rumors).

Clumsy predictions for Apple’s mixed reality headset

Wayne Ma of The Information discussed some of the features and quirks of Apple’s unconfirmed but highly anticipated Mixed Reality headset. It’s due sometime in 2023, but two big features feel decidedly unApple-like. That’s a $3000 price tag and an external battery pack.

“Apple is considering pricing around $3,000 or more depending on the configuration. It used an external battery pack that was integrated into the headband.This design choice is controversial among Apple engineers, as Apple prefers a cable-free design.”


French government fines App Store

Apple has been fined $8.5 million by the French data protection agency CINL (National Commission on Informatics and Liberty). The fine is based on Apple’s use of the customer’s data to personalize the advertising experience in the store.

“Following complaints about the personalization practices of ads aired on the App Store, the CNIL conducted several checks in 2021 and 2022 to verify compliance with applicable regulations.

“The CNIL service, under older versions of the iPhone operating system, 14.6, defaults identifiers for several purposes, including for the purpose of customizing the advertisements displayed in the App Store when a user visits the App Store. We have discovered that it is automatically read and sent to your device without collecting consent.”

(CNIL via 9to5Mac).

And finally…

After being acquired by Apple in March 2020 and being removed from the App Store in September 2022, the popular weather app Dark Sky has shut down. Those using the app can’t receive weather updates and are advised to move to Apple’s built-in weather app. compared to the forced replacement of .

“Dark Sky prioritized information over Apple’s clean layout. Dark Sky looked boring, but offered far more information in a consistent and straightforward UI. Time It puzzles me why the forecasts are laid out horizontally, all the nice looking metrics tell us what’s going on now, what’s going to change in the next 6-12 hours I don’t know, so it would be much more helpful.”


Apple Loop brings you 7 days worth of highlights every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me for future coverage. You can read last week’s Apple Loop here. This week’s edition of Loop’s sister column, Android Circuit, is also available on Forbes.

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